Grist vs. Rational BI

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Grist
Score 9.9 out of 10
N/A
Grist combines the capabilities of spreadsheets, databases and app builders. Using a familiar spreadsheet interface, information can be organized as a relational database, and dashboards built using drag-and-drop. Solving spreadsheet problems Ensures data is well-structured and stored in one place with no duplication, no spreadsheet-wrangling, no merging documents. Collaboration on sensitive data Data is protected…
$8
per month per user
Rational BI
Score 7.7 out of 10
Enterprise companies (1,001+ employees)
Rational BI provides analytics, data science and business intelligence in an analytical platform that connects to databases, data files and cloud drives including AWS and Azure data sources, enabling users to explore and visualize data. Users can build real-time notebook-style reports directly in a web browser with JavaScript and SQL with direct and live connections to data. Filter and query data with an SQL database embedded in the client, without network…
$0
single user
Pricing
GristRational BI
Editions & Modules
Pro
$8
per month per user
Enterprise
Contact Sales
Free
$0
single user
Professional
$129
single user
Enterprise
Varies
single user
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
GristRational BI
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional DetailsAdditional cost per extra user (varies by edition)
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Features
GristRational BI
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Grist
-
Ratings
Rational BI
8.3
4 Ratings
1% below category average
Pixel Perfect reports00 Ratings7.63 Ratings
Customizable dashboards00 Ratings8.74 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates00 Ratings8.54 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Grist
-
Ratings
Rational BI
8.3
4 Ratings
5% above category average
Drill-down analysis00 Ratings7.73 Ratings
Formatting capabilities00 Ratings8.24 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages00 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration00 Ratings9.24 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
Grist
-
Ratings
Rational BI
9.0
4 Ratings
8% above category average
Publish to Web00 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Publish to PDF00 Ratings9.04 Ratings
Report Versioning00 Ratings8.63 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling00 Ratings9.24 Ratings
Delivery to Remote Servers00 Ratings9.33 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
Grist
-
Ratings
Rational BI
8.2
4 Ratings
0% above category average
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)00 Ratings8.24 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization00 Ratings8.33 Ratings
Predictive Analytics00 Ratings8.03 Ratings
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User Ratings
GristRational BI
Likelihood to Recommend
9.9
(2 ratings)
7.7
(4 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.7
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.7
(4 ratings)
User Testimonials
GristRational BI
Likelihood to Recommend
Grist Labs
This is well suited to someone (or a team) who are technically minded and have a dataset that they need to be able to use in many ways. It's less appropriate for a team who isn't technically minded and/or don't have the data they need to manipulate. It would be useful for things that you could use a database or spreadsheet for such as CRM, Advertising database, Business tracking, Health tracking etc.
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Rational BI
Definitely well suited for small companies, but again many of their competitors are also well suited in this segment. We were in general happy with the solution provided, but I'm not blown away by their solution or support. If you want to get more data-driven visual boards with data displayed in nice graphics is in my opinion a good start, and here Rational BI delivers what it should.
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Pros
Grist Labs
  • Provides amazing customer service, help, examples, and explains what they are having you do
  • The layout is easy
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Rational BI
  • Arrange data.
  • Dashboard.
  • Automatic reports.
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Cons
Grist Labs
  • Making the user permissions more obvious on how to use them - They are highly adaptable, but hard to understand how to use them
  • Small changes such as auto colouring the choices/toggles options and being able to edit them once set.
  • Being able to copy the formatting from one column to the next
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Rational BI
  • Not seeing anything at this time, comprehensive product.
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Usability
Grist Labs
No answers on this topic
Rational BI
Overall Rational BI is a valuable enterprise reporting tool for any data driven organization. It offers great depth and breadth of features for reporting and analytics that can lead to better business outcomes. Its easy to use and highly configurable to evolve to changing reporting needs of organizations of any scale.
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Support Rating
Grist Labs
No answers on this topic
Rational BI
I haven't used the support myself, but my colleagues have been satisfied with the support. As I have understood from my colleagues the support is as you could expect. Still, the documentation could be better and that could avoid the need to contact their support, but overall we're still happy with the support as well.
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Alternatives Considered
Grist Labs
Grist is easier to use, faster, and loads quicker with heavy data.
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Rational BI
Rational BI allows a deeper data analysis with respect to the other software I experimented with. The velocity to perform the analysis is similar to the other one. The predictive analysis could be very useful, but at the moment I do not use it in my activities. Dashboards are nice and easy to understand.
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Return on Investment
Grist Labs
  • It's saved a lot of time in both creating an advertising database and managing it week to week effectively. I had previously created in others that haven't worked, and this does, saving me a good 1 hour weekly, and 5 hours or more each time I had problems with the last ones
  • Being able to stay on track with this has meant I'm following up at the right time (advertisers) and keeping a professional manner and not losing business due to missed communication
  • Saving me $ from buying a program like Access (or Airtable monthly) and then the learning curve that that has. This has a much easier learning curve to say the least.
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Rational BI
  • Allows folks to work on other items as reporting is done in the background.
  • Scheduling and delivery of reports with one click.
  • Single pane of management.
  • Ease of use.
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ScreenShots

Grist Screenshots

Screenshot of the drag and drop dashboard editor used to build layouts.Screenshot of the custom user permissions that determine who can see what, down to each column and row.Screenshot of dynamic charts and reports that update with the click of a mouse.Screenshot of Grist's formula support for Excel-like functions or Python formulas. Technical users can drill into database structure in code view.

Rational BI Screenshots

Screenshot of Modern Business IntelligenceScreenshot of Drag-and-drop InsightsScreenshot of Accessible for everyone, power when you need itScreenshot of Beautiful analytics on every screen and deviceScreenshot of Scheduled reporting: Broadcast your findings to everyoneScreenshot of Connect all your data no matter where it lives