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20 Most Popular Business Intelligence (BI) Tools in 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Technically speaking, business intelligence (BI) tool is not a new technology. Instead, it refers to a comprehensive solution of data analysis for enterprises to make data-driven decisions, which comprise online analytical processing, data mining, process mining, business performance management, benchmarking, predictive analytics, prescriptive analytics, and the most important, reporting.

Both small business and large enterprise are facing the same challenges - how to get better insights from big data, improve the customer's experience and optimize employee productivity, but with fewer resources and a tighter budget. Therefore, an easy-to-use and automated business intelligence tool is of great importance for businesses to make sense of complex big data.

With the assistance of Octoparse V7.0., I've collected the ranking of the 20 Most Popular BI tools from a software comparison website. The data extracted includes the information on the ranking page and the detail page of each software. 

Complete with the product information from their websites, here comes the introduction of 20 most popular BI tools:

 

#1 Tableau

 

Market Score: 98   

Free version: Tableau Public            

Deployment:  Cloud, SaaS, Web;  
   Installed – Mac/Windows;
   Mobile - Android Native/ iOS Native;

BI Features: Ad hoc analysis; Ad hoc query; Ad hoc reports; Benchmarking; Budgeting & Forecasting; Dashboard; Data analysis; Data visualization; Key performance indicators; OLAP; Performance metrics; Predictive analytics; Profitability analysis; Strategic planning; Trend / Problem indicators.

Tableau is intuitive, facilitating ease-of-use and allowing data analysis using a drag-and-drop functionality. It aids businesses in visualizing and making sense of data, enabling organizations to connect, visualize and share data through PC or iPad. Users can easily create dashboards, publish and even share them with colleagues, partners, and customers–all without the need for programming knowledge.

Official site:www.tableau.com

 

 

#2 QlikView

Market Score: 88            

Deployment: Cloud, SaaS, Web;

BI Features: Ad hoc reports; Dashboard; Data analysis; Data visualization.

QlikView allows users to rapidly build and deploy analytic apps without the need for professional development skills, driving faster response to the changing business requirements, shorter time to value, and more insight across the organization.

Official site:www.qlik.com

 

 

#3 SAP Business Objects

Market Score:  88          

Deployment:  Cloud, SaaS, Web;
   Mobile - Android Native/ iOS Native;

BI Features: Ad hoc query; Ad hoc reports; Benchmarking; Budgeting & Forecasting; Dashboard; Data analysis; Key performance indicators; Performance metrics; Strategic planning.

SAP Business Objects share insights and make better decisions. By providing a flexible architecture, its analytics platform can support the business growth – from a few users to tens of thousands of users, and from a single tool to multiple tools and interfaces.

Official site:www.sap.com

 

 

#4 IBM Cognos Analytics

Market Score: 80  

Deployment:  Cloud, SaaS, Web;
   Mobile - Windows/ iOS;

BI Features: Access corporate and uploaded files; Automated modeling verifies and combines data sources; Data visualization; Professional reporting; Embedded geospatial mapping; Schedule reports; Combine charts into a story with overlays, voiceovers and interactive elements to share.

IBM Cognos Analytics comes with formatted and interactive dashboards that have excellent distribution and scheduling functionalities. In addition, the product has a wide array of analysis tools that include those used for what-if analysis, advanced analysis, analytical reporting and trend analysis. What’s good about IBM Cognos Analytics is that users can interact with reports from their mobile devices or even offline. The solution is highly-scalable, able to grow together with organizations.

Official site:www.ibm.com/products/cognos-analytics

 

 

#5 Microsoft SQL Server

Market Score: 74 

Free Version: SQL Server 2017 Express & SQL Server 2017 Developer      

Deployment: Installed - Windows;

BI Features: Ad hoc analysis; Ad hoc query; Ad hoc reports; Benchmarking; Budgeting & Forecasting; Data analysis; Performance metrics; Backup; Creation / Development; Backup; Performance analysis; Queries.

Microsoft Business Intelligence Platform includes analysis services, integration services, master data services, reporting services, and several client applications used for creating or working with analytical data. This section of the SQL Server Setup documentation explains how to install these features. Analysis Services and Reporting Services can be installed as standalone servers, in scale-out configurations, or as shared service applications in a SharePoint farm.

Official site:www.microsoft.com/en-us/sql-server

 

 

#6 Oracle Business Intelligence

Market Score: 74           

Deployment: Installed - Windows;

BI Features: Common enterprise business model; Abstraction layer; Ad-hoc query; Ad-hoc reporting; Interactive dashboards: Proactive business activity monitoring and alerting; Enterprise reporting; Distribution reports; Predictive analytics; Strategic goal setting and tracking; Data visualization.

Oracle Business Intelligence 14c is a unique platform that enables customers to uncover new insights and make faster, more informed business decisions by offering agile visual analytics and self-service discovery together with best-in-class enterprise analytics.

 

#7 Yellowfin

Market Score: 71           

Deployment:  Cloud, SaaS, Web;
   Installed – Mac/Windows;
   Mobile - Android Native/ iOS Native;

BI Features: Ad hoc analysis; Ad hoc query; Ad hoc reports; Dashboard; Data analysis; Data visualization; Key performance indicators; OLAP; Performance metrics;  Profitability analysis; Trend / Problem Indicators.

Yellowfin is the only modern BI platform that supports both the analyst and business user workflows. By supporting both workflows, Yellowfin delivers increased user adoption and faster analysis, providing you with a far greater return on your BI investment.

Official site:www.yellowfinbi.com

 

 

#8 WebFOCUS

Market Score: 65           

Deployment:  Cloud, SaaS, Web;
   Installed - Windows;

 BI Features: Ad hoc analysis; Ad hoc query; Ad hoc reports; Benchmarking; Budgeting & Forecasting; Data analysis; Data visualization; Key performance; Indicators; OLAP; Performance metrics; Predictive analytics; Profitability analysis; Strategic planning; Trend / Problem indicators; Data discovery; Data visualization; High volume processing; Sentiment analysis; Application development; Collaboration; Dashboard creation; Data source connectors; Drag & Drop; Drill down; Financial reports; Marketing reports; Projections; Sales reports; Scheduled / Automated reports;

WebFOCUS allows users and administrators to rapidly create dashboards that combine content from multiple data sources and formats. Within its authoring tools, WebFOCUS offers full-featured report writing and casting capabilities for self-service, enterprise, financial, or managed reporting.

Official site:www.ibi.com

 

 

#9 TIBCO Spotfire

Market Score: 62  

Deployment:  Cloud, SaaS, Web;
   Installed – Windows;
   Mobile - iOS Native;

BI Features: Ad hoc analysis; Ad hoc query; Ad hoc reports; Benchmarking; Budgeting & Forecasting; Dashboard; Data analysis; Data visualization; Key performance indicators; Performance metrics; Predictive analytics; Profitability analysis; Strategic planning; Trend / Problem indicators; Application development; Decision tree analysis; Monte Carlo simulation; Performance metrics; Sensitivity analysis.

TIBCO Spotfire is a smart, secure, governed, enterprise-class analytics platform with smart data visualization, immersive data wrangling, predictive analytics, and built-in location analytics.

Official site:www.tibco.com

 

 

#10 SAS

Market Score: 60          

Deployment:  Cloud, SaaS, Web;
   Installed – Windows;
   Mobile - Android Native/ iOS Native;

BI Features: Ad hoc analysis; Ad hoc query; Ad hoc reports; Dashboard; Data analysis; Data visualization; Key performance indicators; Performance metrics; Predictive analytics; Strategic planning; Trend / Problem indicators; Analytics; Content management; Dashboard creation; Filtered views; Relational display; Visual discovery; Dashboard; ETL - Extract / Transfer / Load; Metadata management; Multiple data sources; Web services; Ad hoc reports; Collaboration; Dashboard creation; Data source connectors; Data visualization; Drag & Drop; Drill down; Financial reports; Marketing reports; Projections; Sales reports; Scheduled / Automated reports; Budgeting/Forecasting; Multivariate analysis; Regression analysis; Reporting/Analytics; Time series; Visualization.

SAS Business Intelligence is all about getting the right information to the right people, always at the right time and under the right circumstances. This self-service tool is easy to use, no matter your skill level, you can easily explore, create and share. It provides real-time analytics throughout your organization, allowing any collaborator or decision-maker to monitor and analyze the metrics necessary to make an informed and effective decision.

Official site:www.sas.com

 

 

#11 Targit

Market Score: 56           

Deployment:  Cloud, SaaS, Web;
   Installed – Windows;
   Mobile - Android Native

BI Features: Ad hoc analysis; Ad hoc query; Ad hoc reports; Benchmarking; Budgeting & Forecasting; Dashboard; Data analysis; Data visualization; Key performance indicators; OLAP; Performance metrics; Predictive analytics; Profitability analysis; Trend / Problem indicators.

TARGIT Decision Suite is the only business intelligence platform that offers visual data discovery tools, self-service business analytics, reporting, and stunning dashboards in a single, integrated solution. You can experience synergy between employees of every department, your systems, and your software.

Official site:www.targit.com

 

 

#14 Izenda Embedded BI & Analytics

Market Score: 54    

Deployment:  Cloud, SaaS, Web;
   Installed – Mac / Windows;

BI Features: Ad hoc analysis; Ad hoc query; Ad hoc reports; Benchmarking; Budgeting & Forecasting; Dashboard; Data analysis; Data visualization; Key performance indicators; OLAP; Performance metrics; Predictive analytics; Profitability analysis; Strategic planning; Trend / Problem indicators.

Izenda is a leading embedded analytics platform, making it simple for users to access top-tier reporting directly within your application or portal. Its cutting-edge technology integrates and scales with your application, supporting all your reporting and analytics needs.

Official site:www.izenda.com

 

 

#13 MicroStrategy

Market Score: 54           

Deployment:  Cloud, SaaS, Web;
   Installed – Mac / Windows;

BI Features: Data blends; Data cleansing; Data mining; Data visualization; Predictive analytics; Ad hoc analysis; Ad hoc query; Ad hoc reports; Benchmarking;  Budgeting & Forecasting; Dashboard; Data analysis; Data visualization; Key performance indicators; OLAP; Performance metrics; Predictive analytics; Profitability analysis; Strategic planning; Trend / Problem indicators; Annotations; Data source integrations;  Functions / Calculations; Interactive; KPIs; Scorecards; Visual Analytics; Widgets;  Dashboard creation; Filtered views; Relational display; Visual discovery; Dashboard;  Website analytics; Data blending; Modeling & Simulation; Collaboration; Data source connectors; Data visualization; Drag & Drop; Drill down; Projections; Sales reports;  Scheduled / Automated reports.

From enterprise reporting and data discovery to mobile productivity and real-time telemetry, only MicroStrategy gives organizations the full breadth of capabilities they need to transform their data into real-world intelligence and advance towards the Intelligent Enterprise.

Official site:www.microstrategy.com

 

 

#14 Board

Market Score: 53           

Deployment:  Cloud, SaaS, Web;
   Installed – Windows;
   Mobile - Android Native/ iOS Native;

BI Features: Ad hoc analysis; Ad hoc query; Ad hoc reports; Benchmarking; Budgeting & Forecasting; Dashboard; Data analysis; Data visualization; Key performance indicators; OLAP; Performance metrics; Predictive analytics; Profitability analysis;  Strategic planning; Trend / Problem indicators.

Board helps organizations reach a single vision of their performance in a simple and extremely effective manner. Information originating from various sources is integrated into a virtual data repository shared by the entire organization, thus providing business users with a customized yet unitary vision.

Official site:www.board.com

 

 

#15 Sisense

 

Market Score: 50           

Deployment:  Cloud, SaaS, Web;
   Installed – Windows;
   Mobile - Android Native/ iOS Native;

BI Features: Ad hoc analysis; Ad hoc query; Ad hoc reports; Benchmarking; Budgeting & Forecasting; Dashboard; Data analysis; Data visualization; Key performance indicators; OLAP; Performance metrics; Profitability analysis; Strategic planning; Trend / Problem indicators.

Sisense is a complete business analytics platform. It can easily clean and combine all your messy data coming from many different sources, and provide interactive visual analytics allowing you to explore the complex data. Its rethink dashboards and reporting deliver the insights to make sound business decisions.

Official site:www.sisense.com

 

 

#16 Statsbot

Market Score: 50            

Deployment: Cloud, SaaS, Web;

BI Features: Ad hoc analysis; Ad hoc query; Ad hoc reports; Budgeting & Forecasting;  Dashboard; Data analysis; Data visualization; Key performance indicators; OLAP;  Performance metrics; Predictive analytics; Trend / Problem indicators.

Statsbot transformations are defined with Javascript and SQL. It allows you to apply engineering practices, such as version control and code reuse, to build clean and maintainable transformation logic for your data. With an internal optimization engine, it automatically calculates dependencies and determines which set of queries to materialize. Besides, you don’t need to write ad hoc SQL queries for every business request.

Official site:statsbot.co

 

 

#17 Panorama - Necto

Market Score: 49           

Deployment:  Cloud, SaaS, Web;
   Installed – Mac/Windows;
   Mobile - Android Native/ iOS Native;

BI Features: Ad hoc analysis; Ad hoc query; Ad hoc reports; Benchmarking; Budgeting & Forecasting; Dashboard; Data analysis; Data visualization; Key performance; Indicators; OLAP; Performance metrics; Predictive analytics; Profitability analysis;  Strategic planning; Trend / Problem indicators.

Necto Telecom, from Panorama Software, is the world-leading data analytics solution for communications and media service providers. Pre-integrated with leading OSS & BSS solutions, Necto Telecom transforms your operational and business data into actionable business insights. Necto Telecom is successfully deployed at multiple telco carriers, worldwide.

Official site:www.panorama.com/necto

 

 

#18 InetSoft 

Market Score: 49            

Deployment: Cloud, SaaS, Web;
  Installed – Mac/Windows;
  Mobile - Android Native/ iOS Native;

BI Features: Ad hoc analysis; Ad hoc query; Ad hoc reports; Dashboard; Data analysis; Data visualization; Key performance indicators; OLAP; Performance metrics;  Profitability analysis; Trend / Problem indicators.

InetSoft's data intelligence platform meshes on-the-fly data modeling with data visualization to enable rapid, iterative development of data views such as interactive dashboards and pixel-perfect reports. The dynamic data models not only serve crafted data views but also empower "citizen developers" to compose self-service data views. The Apache Hadoop/Spark deployable data analytic engine ensures limitless growth for advanced data intelligence.

Official site:www.inetsoft.com

 

 

#19 Birst

Market Score: 49           

Deployment: Cloud, SaaS, Web;
  Mobile - Android Native/ iOS Native;

BI Features: Ad hoc analysis; Ad hoc query; Ad hoc reports; Benchmarking; Budgeting & Forecasting; Dashboard; Data analysis; Data visualization; Key performance indicators; OLAP; Performance metrics; Predictive analytics; Trend / Problem indicators; Campaign management; Performance metrics; Social media metrics; Ad hoc reports; Collaboration; Dashboard creation; Data source connectors; Data visualization; Drag & Drop; Drill down; Financial reports; Marketing reports; Projections; Sales reports; Scheduled / Automated reports.

Birst is a cloud BI and analytics solution that connects insights from various teams and helps in making informed decisions. Its adaptive user experience gives you a host of self-service analytics and data consumption options. Plus its user data tier, it enables self-service access to both governed and ungoverned data and metrics.

Official site:www.birst.com

 

 

#20 Domo

Market Score: 48           

Deployment: Cloud, SaaS, Web;
  Mobile - iOS Native;

BI Features: Ad hoc analysis; Ad hoc query; Ad hoc reports; Benchmarking; Budgeting & Forecasting; Dashboard; Data analysis; Data visualization; Key performance indicators; Performance metrics; Predictive analytics; Profitability analysis; Strategic planning; Trend / Problem indicators.

Domo is a cloud-based system that provides organizations with excellent solutions to the most challenging problems. This is done by enabling decision makers to view data in real time, all from a singular dashboard. It has a visually pleasant interface, dashboard widgets and displays, which are complemented by very useful sparklines and trend indicators.

Official site:www.domo.com

 

Summary

All of these business intelligence tools provides a profound feature set for enterprises to use. You shall do a thorough comparison and select the most competitive tools to fit your business.  Pick the one work out for you.

 

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