Top 10 Business Intelligence Solutions – Q1 2017

IT Central Station’s crowdsourced user review platform helps technology decision makers around the world to better connect with peers and other independent experts who provide advice without vendor bias.

Our users have ranked their solutions according to their valuable features, and have also discussed where they see room for improvement. You can read user reviews for the top 10 business intelligence solutions here, to help you decide which solution is best for you.

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#1 Tableau

Tableau is ranked by our users as the number one solution of the end of Q1 2017, but what do users really think of the solution?

This Finance Operations Manager at a tech company writes, “The best feature of Tableau is the usability. It allows a business user to prototype something without going through IT and spending a lot of time and money trying to translate requirements. Going back and forth, it allows you to rapidly develop things that you need to analyze the data.”

He also notes, “The thing I don’t like is the refresh feature. The users can have the web page open and there’s a browser refresh every 10 minutes, or every 30 minutes, whatever IT sets as the refresh rate. You lose everything when you have to refresh the page and it may take 30 seconds. So, that’s a bit frustrating too. You expect that when you leave a browser page open, you want it to keep that view there.”

#2 QlikView

IT Central Station users rank QlikView as the number two solution of the end of Q1 2017.

Shabaz Sheikh explains that “Extraction from almost all data sources provides a lot of value to me. Ease of operation, data modeling and creating dashboards with simple objects and the abundance of visualizations are also valuable.”

Roy Yung finds that “By comparing with the latest data discovery tools like Tableau, Qlik Sense, and Sisense, the layout and colors are not eye catching enough. It looks like a very powerful excel with a lot of powerful features for analysis. But it may not be good for presentation.”

#3 Oracle OBIEE

Oracle OBIEE is ranked by our users as the number three solution of the end of Q1 2017.

Peter Cseh writes how “With the three-layer repository, the development and interpretation are very simple. The three layers are divided from each other well both in logical and physical meaning. The physical layer is used for importing data, creating aliases, building physical joins, setting up connection pools, managing cache and hints for tables. 

The business model and mapping layer is used for creating logical columns, fact and dimension tables, hierarchies, measures, using fragmentations and filters, applying business logic.

The presentation layer is used to prepare, group and organize the data for users to view.”

Ramesh Nalem, however, points out that “Some of the additional features required are that it should be more user-friendly.

Sometimes, when we use the drag-and-drop feature it does not drag the object and needs to be user-friendly. It’s not available today. If it would be more flexible, that would be helpful.”

#4 Microsoft BI

IT Central Station users rank Microsoft BI as the number four solution of the end of Q1 2017.

Rafael Martins Cardoso writes that “Since its integration into SQL Server 2005, Microsoft has made a number of improvements and added many new features. It had a big overhaul in 2008 and acquired a bunch of new features with 2008 R2: KPIs, maps, sparklines, new functions, published Report Parts, and more.”

Cardoso would also like to see improvements made to the “Antiquated IDE for code developers extending it. I really wish that the custom code windows provided richer programming assistance (like autocomplete, object-oriented constructs, Intellisense…) and support for other programming languages.”

#5 IBM Cognos

IBM Cognos is ranked by our users as the number five solution of the end of Q1 2017.

Mike Bernaiche shares that “IBM Cognos Analytics is a data discovery and reporting platform for your department or your entire enterprise. But it’s much more than just managed reporting: It provides departmental users with the self-sufficiency they need to bring in their own external data, explore it, and even merge it with corporately governed data, all without needing to go to IT. With that ability, they can get fresh perspectives that are simply not available in their existing reporting environment.”

Bernaiche then adds that “IBM Cognos Analytics continues to improve with every release. On the horizon are some major enhancements that include:

  • World-class mapping capabilities (This is now available with release 5. IBM partnered with Mapbox and now offer beautiful geospatial mapping capabilities.)
  • Connections to more data sources (with release this is greatly improved.)
  • Storytelling features like Watson Analytics (available with release 4.)
  • Connections to Frame Work Manager packages for dashboards (available with release 5.)”
#6 MicroStrategy

IT Central Station users rank MicroStrategy as the number six solution of the end of Q1 2017.

Gonzalo Segarra finds that “The most valuable thing is not the product. It’s having a product for BI. We first made a lot of dashboards.

They are very useful for management and automatic reports with summarized data.

The dashboards can be exported to MHT. This allows us to send them by email, or publish in our intranet and sync in mobile devices so they can use it offline calculations, and query optimizations.”

Rajavel Selvaraj Ganesan adds that “Some of the basic features such as Axis Label formatting on Graphs, Quick Switch on mobile (iOS), properly updated documentation on their websites, and faster enhancement fixes when needed for customers/businesses that are simple in nature rather than holding it for longer durations to fix.”

#7 SAP Business Objects

SAP Business Objects is ranked by our users as the number seven solution of the end of Q1 2017, but what do users really think about SAP Business Objects?

Shahid Latif writes that “The features that I think are valuable in SAP Business Objects – BOBJ (WEBi, BI Launch Pad, Rich Client) are the drill down capabilities to the nitty gritty lowest level and perform an in-depth analysis from different angles. Other products may also have this, but I believe with BOBJ, it is a lot better.”

A BI Consultant speaks of how he “encountered an issue with security. When I promoted the association between the CMC security profile and the Security Universe profile as I took our application from dev to test to production, I noticed that the associations were lost. This forced me to newly associate all over again.”

#8 Pentaho

IT Central Station users rank Pentaho as the number eight solution of the end of Q1 2017.

Saravanan Ramaraj emphasizes Pentaho’s valuable feature of “Ad-hoc reporting (available only in Enterprise Edition) GEO-referencing using Google Maps ETL (Pentaho Data Integration) Support for both JasperReport, BIRT.”

Federico Blezio adds that he “would like to see self-service analysis and front-end tools.”

#9 SAS Visual Analytics

SAS Visual Analytics is ranked by our users as the number nine solution of the end of Q1 2017.

Thireindar Min shares that thanks to the “Interactive reporting with various statistical graphs. The company was able to see the 360 view of how the customers were consuming their services in terms of membership, events and educational purposes from a central data storage loaded in SAS which was very hard to achieve without the software.”

This engineer describes that he’d “like to see the ability to use Python or other codes within the workflow. The helpdesk was not great. Part of the reason why we went back to open source Python was that their help desk could not solve our problems quickly enough.”


#10 Panorama Necto

IT Central Station users rank Panorama Necto as the number ten solution of the end of Q1 2017, but what do users really think of the solution?

Lucy Sokitch writes that “This solution is very easy to use and offers a huge variety of features. It helps us reach our customers and our vendors, supports different graphics templates and implements interactive analytics tools. Also, it has very effective tools to connect with your colleagues which is one of the best I have ever seen.”

Sokitch also notes that “Panorama doesn’t have big community support and many issues we refer to the technicians. This isn’t great, especially with the lack of time. Also they do not support a Linux version and we have some problems with this.”

Read more user reviews for the Top BI Tools of Q1 2017 here.

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Most Popular Business Intelligence Reviews So Far in 2017

Since the start of 2017, the Business Intelligence category on IT Central Station has been viewed over 34,811 times.

Which BI solutions are these viewers most interested in?

More specifically, which BI product reviews do users view the most?

As March 2017 comes to a close, we take a look at the most popular BI reviews on our site, as determined by the number of pageviews had by our top user reviews thus far in 2017.

 

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Tableau Review by Jonathan Friesen, 3,765 Views

In his review from March 2017, Friesen emphasizes topics such as organizational improvements and which solutions he used prior to Tableau:

Improvements to My Organization

“I’m able to prototype charts/dashboards in hours vs days or weeks with other tools (mainly Excel). Doesn’t require me to think about the level of aggregation that I’m going to need as it deals with large data sets. Blends disparate datasets together which is awesome for plan vs actual reports, where the data is at two different levels of granularity.”

Previous Solutions Used

“Initially used Tableau at a large electric utility where we were largely using Excel. Utility had bought into SAP BusinessObjects but IT had locked down these tools so much that all we had was Excel. Used to work at BOBJ myself but I haven’t used their tools in while. We’re going with Tableau right now because it works for our department and we could get it working quickly and without an enormously long and expensive project to get IT involvement.

Now I work for a small start-up but one of the first things I did was to get a copy of Tableau.”

Tableau Review by Gareth Crawshaw, 2,844 Views

In his review from January 2017, Crawshaw emphasizes key aspects of the Tableau solution:

Valuable Features

“Extraordinary ease of use, easier to use than any competitor product I’ve used in 15 years or so I’ve worked on MI/BI.Since I originally wrote this, I have found the mapping on Tableau has been extremely useful and easy to use, particularly that it includes very good geocoding for the UK.  In terms of the UK, the support and community here is also exceptional and I know that I don’t have to trawl through sites endlessly to find solutions, the community is one of the strongest I’ve seen thus far in BI.”

Room for Improvement

“Expansion of number of visualisations, as well as potential for straight to dashboard function, rather than design individual visualisation – these are, however, genuinely not priority to amend.

Having used another software for a reasonable period of time, I wonder about the chances of incorporating other languages, such as d3.js in future releases (NB I’m still using 8.3).”

Cost and Licensing Advice

“Standard software license cost to set up initially and an optional maintenance fee which includes version upgrades. On balance, the costs of software balance nicely against the user experience because you probably wouldn’t need to spend a great deal on training as the product is straightforward to use. I continue to use Tableau in my free/personal time but have been using Tibco Spotfire much more frequently in my professional capacity, so will look to update my review of that software as well.”

Other Advice

“Assess the scalability using the Server set up, engage users of the tool independently through the Tableau Community for their ideas and advice on the pros and cons of the tool. Even the biggest evangelists will be honest enough to tell you where it doesn’t meet their expectations.”

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Oracle OBIEE Review by Peter Cseh, 601 Views

Valuable Features

In his review from February 2017, Cseh lists many features which he considers “most valuable”, and also discusses room for improvement, and other solutions that he considered as a potential BI tool.  

  • Multiple data sources
  • Three-layer repository
  • Security management
  • Smart cache management
  • Interactive dashboards and analyses
  • Spatial integration
  • Individual customization using CSS and Javascript

Room for Improvement

“Of course, there is some room for improvement, because a perfect BI platform does not exist in IT.

The following things would be welcomed:

  • Detailed editing of dashboard prompts: By this, I mean the appearance and localization. If I create a dashboard prompt, I cannot edit freely the columns and texts on the user interface of dashboard prompts…”
  • Smarter BI navigation using hierarchical columns: By this, I mean the navigation from a measure is quite difficult when I use hierarchical columns. When I use a hierarchical column in an analysis and expand the levels and click on a measure on the second level, for example, the BI does not know the appropriate level using navigation and it will result in wrong amounts…”

Other Solutions Considered:

“When I first encountered OBIEE, I had no choice to use other options, because this platform was preferred at that company. That was five years ago and since that time, I have been using OBIEE and I can recommend using it to everyone. On the other hand, if our customers would like to use an open-source BI platform, I can recommend using SpagoBI, for example.”

Oracle OBIEE Review by Satyendra Yenugula

In his review from January 2017, Yenugula emphasizes topics such as any stability or scalability issues he has encountered, and which BI solution(s) he used prior to Oracle OBIEE.

Stability Issues

“The solution is very stable. I’ve been involved in this product for close to 14 years now, even before Oracle acquired Siebel. The initial Siebel Analytics did some good generation of BI.

There wasn’t a lot of advancement made initially, but later the architecture changed and it was taken to the next generation with a lot of new, rich, and cool features like mobile, geospatial integration, and integration with new data sources. It’s been great.”

Scalability Issues

“Scalability-wise, it’s pretty good. When you use it with an ERP system or with CRM applications, it integrates with SAP, Oracle-based e-business applications, and even the Microsoft stack. Scalability-wise, you can leverage this product, and not only with an Oracle database. It can work with any database and with any heterogeneous source. It’s very scalable and easy to maintain.”

Previous Solutions Used

“When I started at this organization, we had a Microsoft BI stack and a SAP BI stack in place. Both of them used the dashboard capabilities and kept all of the reports together in one place. Microsoft BI has a subscription facility where you can subscribe users to set up reports and get them by email.

Neither of these solutions was robust nor scalable. The ad-hoc reporting capability is one more area which was missing in these previous solutions. One of them has it, but it’s very complex to configure it.

Another reason why we chose this tool is the ease of use. You don’t have to know a lot of programming to deal with this product.”

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Microsoft BI Review by Rafael Martins Cardoso, 64 Views

In his review from January 2017, Cardoso emphasizes what he considers to be Microsoft BI’s most valuable features, where he finds room for improvement, cost and licensing advice, and more.

Valuable Features

“Since its integration into SQL Server 2005, Microsoft has made a number of improvements and added many new features. It had a big overhaul in 2008 and acquired a bunch of new features with 2008 R2: KPIs, maps, sparklines, new functions, published Report Parts, and more.”

Room for Improvement

“The few things I mention below constitute very strong reasons why Microsoft has essentially abandoned the platform and why I agree with them.

  • Lack of mobile support. Reports look terrible on mobile screens. They don’t have the ability to redraw themselves as with responsive UIs. Security remains a hassle on mobile because SSRS relies heavily on Active Directory.
  • Speed of development is too slow. To be fair, each SSRS report has the potential to be its own business application, aware of who is viewing the report and customizing the output accordingly. Those that take advantage of the advanced features are in for a surprise – developers will spend countless hours squinting at the screen getting every pixel to fall exactly where they want it. Setting up data sources is still a thing for advanced SQL developers. It’s not like other modern BI platforms where stores of data sets are easily converted to dashboards.
  • Antiquated IDE for code developers extending it. I really wish that the custom code windows provided richer programming assistance (like autocomplete, object-oriented constructs, Intellisense…) and support for other programming languages.”

Cost and Licensing Advice

“The SQL Server Reporting Services works as a part of SQL Server license. If we have a licensed copy of SQL Server, we can run Reporting Services on the same server for no additional license fee. However, if we run Reporting Services on a separate machine that is not yet licensed for SQL Server, such as a Web server, we will need to purchase an additional SQL Server license.”

Read our full collection of BI reviews, written by real users at IT Central Station.

What Enterprise Companies Look for in Business Intelligence Tools

This week, we take a look at the business intelligence reviews provided by IT Central Station users at large enterprise companies. What do they look for when choosing a BI software, and what have their experiences been? Which alternatives were they considering in their evaluation process, and how did they make their final decision(s)?

 

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Tableau: Organizational Improvements Seen by Users at Large Enterprise Companies

Aggregation of Large Datasets

In his Tableau review from March 2017, Jonathan Friesen explains how Tableau “Doesn’t require me to think about the level of aggregation that I’m going to need as it deals with large data sets. It blends disparate datasets together which is awesome for plan vs actual reports where the data is at two different levels of granularity.”

State-of-the-art Reporting Tool

In his Tableau review from July 2016, Dongyan Zhu shares that he used Tableau to “provide reporting and analysis solutions to my clients. It enabled a small organization to employ a state-of-art reporting tool without massive IT implementation cost (such as servers, ETLs, data admin, etc.)”

Tableau: Areas that Large Enterprise Users Hope Will Improve

Shareability

In his Tableau review from July 2016, Michael Moore explains that “If your audience isn’t using Tableau, getting them to see and use the insights can be challenging.”

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QlikView: Organizational Improvements Seen by Users at Large Enterprise Companies

Combining Data from Multiple Sources

In his QlikView review from February 2017, Shabaz Shaikh discusses being able to implement applications combining CRM (Customer Relationship Management) data and sales data from two completely different data sources: “It’s the first (small) step towards big data.”

Scripting Capabilities

In his QlikView review from November 2016, Bill Cabiro writes that “QlikView’s scripting is a great asset as it functions as an ETL allowing the integration of hundreds of different data sources into the same visual app.”

QlikView: Areas that Large Enterprise Users Hope Will Improve

Presentation Features

In his QlikView review from December 2016, Roy Yung posits that QlikView’s report layouts and colors are “not eye catching enough. It looks (more) like a very powerful Excel with a lot of powerful features for analysis. But it may not be good for presentation.”

 

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Oracle OBIEE: Organizational Improvements Seen by Users at Large Enterprise Companies

Reporting Features

In his Oracle OBIEE review from January 2017, Ramesh Nalem explains that Oracle OBIEE is “beneficial for us because most of our reports are on OBIEE. It’s not only for data analysis. We use it for corporate year-end financial purposes as well. We use it for the backlog management, for example, to check how much is the backlog or how much is the shipment amount and for similar kind of data.”

A Self-Service BI Tool

In his Oracle OBIEE review from January 2017, Satyendra Yenugula describes Oracle OBIEE as “a self-service BI. It makes it much faster for the business. The tool helps the organization by not having to maintain the infrastructure, nor worry about infrastructure and performance issues.”

Oracle OBIEE: Areas that Large Enterprise Users Hope Will Improve

Mobile Version Upgrade

In his Oracle OBIEE review from November 2016, Wayne Harpenau shares his hope for “their mobile version to incorporate HTML5, and also go through some accessibility testing, which would incorporate new web standard features.”

 

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IBM Cognos: Organizational Improvements Seen by Users at Large Enterprise Companies

Data Analysis Capabilities

In his IBM Cognos review from September 2016, Jonathan McKnight shares how his company was able “to do a profitability analysis previously unavailable to us due to the nature of our data.” As a result, he explains, “we were able to save approximately $650k per year after cutting unprofitable areas of business.”

Presenting Complex Data to Executives

In his IBM Cognos review from November 2016, Suraj Neupane describes being able to “provide basic reporting for reducing manual work as well as some dashboard visualizations for executives to see what’s going on in one glance.”

IBM Cognos: Areas that Large Enterprise Users Hope Will Improve

Increased Flexibility

In his IBM Cognos review from November 2016, Joop Moerkens suggests that because IBM Cognos Data Manager is “very datamart/Kimball oriented, it should be made more flexible — so that it can be used for architecture like Inmon’s or a data vault.”

Moerkens also writes that if the prescribed working order (dimensions and hierarchies, then fact-tables) were made more flexible, implementing design adaptations would be less of a “complex and risky operation.”

Which other business intelligence solutions do professionals from large enterprise companies discuss in their user reviews?

Read our full collection of business intelligence reviews on IT Central Station.

BI Solutions Review Face-off : Tableau vs. QlikView vs. IBM Cognos

Which BI Tool will meet your company’s business intelligence needs in 2017?

So far in 2017, the Business Intelligence Solutions category page on IT Central Station’s website has seen over 700,000 pageviews. The number of enterprise tech professionals evaluating BI tools is spiraling upward and onward.

But as the demand grows for business intelligence solutions, what do users and potential buyers look for in their software evaluations? Many of these inquirers turn to peer reviews for information about the best BI tools on the market.

Continue reading for our handpicked selection of peer reviews of the top BI solutions used by enterprise tech professionals.

 

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Q: “What are Tableau’s Most Valuable Features?”

A:  Ease of Use

Yali Pollak speaks of Tableau’s drag and drop features, explaining that it’s “very intuitive and simple to create insights.”

Gareth Crawshaw , Jonathan Friesen, and Rajiv Kumar each point to Tableau’s ease of use, and Crawshaw describes it “extraordinary…easier to use than any competitor product I’ve used in 15 years.”

Crawshaw adds that Tableau’s mapping features are also very easy to use, and his personal experience has shown that it shows “very good geocoding for the UK.”

A:  Variety of Data Connectors and Configurations

Pollak also finds that Tableau’s database connectors makes it very easy to connect to several databases, such as MySQL, SQL Server, Amazon EMR, Presto, Redshift, BigQuery, and others.

Sai Krishna J, values the ‘Create Calculated Field’ feature, describing how it allows him to create data fields that he won’t have without the solution, and that allow him to “tell a good, convincing story” as well as extract “the maximum amount of information” out of his data.

Q: “Where do you see Room for Improvement in Tableau?”

A:  Data Science and Machine Learning

Rajiv Kumar “would like to see more advanced data science capabilities like predictive analysis and advanced linear regression.”

Yali Pollak also points to Tableau’s data science capabilities as a point for improvement, writing that it “lacks machine learning algorithms that you can implement using R, SPSS Modeler and Python.”

Pollak points out that while Tableau does have helpful clustering and time-series forecasting abilities, missing features include: machine learning capabilities like decision trees, CHAID analysis and K-means would “make the product perfect.”

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Q: “What are QlikView’s Most Valuable Features?”

A:  Flexibility with Data Management

Roy Yung and Shabaz Shaikh each speak of the flexibility that QlikView’s data modeling offers, and Yung elaborates that these features allow him to “highlight relationships between different kinds of data.”

Shaikh describes his appreciation for capabilities such as data extraction, data modeling, dashboard creation and overall ease of operation. Additionally, he points to the many customizations offered for the dashboards, explaining that these objects “can be used to make complex KPIs for visualization.”

Q: “Where do you see Room for Improvement in QlikView?”

A:  Improved Functionality

Shabaz Shaikh points to several components in QlikView that could be better:

  • JavaScript and jQuery features
  • Improved responsiveness
  • Mobile app functionality 

A:  Compatibility with External Reporting Applications

Both BIConsultant870 and Shabaz Shaikh hope to see improved compatibility with Microsoft Excel.

Similarly, BIDirector821 would like to see not only better integration with advanced analytics platforms, but also an option to see embedded predictive analytics models.

 

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Q: “What are IBM Cognos’s Most Valuable Features?” 

A:   Advanced Data Reporting Without the Need for IT Assistance

“IBM Cognos Analytics is a data discovery and reporting platform…but it’s much more than just managed reporting” says Mike Bernaiche. “It provides departmental users with the self-sufficiency they need to bring in their own external data, explore it, and even merge it with corporately governed data, all without needing to go to IT.”

Paul Desmond also notes “advanced, enterprise-level data modeling” as one of IBM Cognos’s most valuable features.

Also voicing his appreciation for the reporting features, Pavan Kumar Maddali calls IBM Cognos Report Studio “one single powerful tool which works across all concepts like slicing and dicing, drill through, drill up and down, advanced filtering/prompts, master-detail, report bursting, and conditional formatting/rendering.”

A:   Combining Data Sources

For Jonathan McKnight, the ability to combine data from multiple sources across the organization and report on the information as a single source is of top value.

Bob Edis also speaks of this feature, pointing to the “dashboarding with combined shared and local data.”

Q: “Where do you see Room for Improvement in IBM Cognos?”

A:  Improved User Interface

Paul Desmond argues that IBM Cognos is “struggling to compete with the front-end ease of use and visual appeal of QlikView and Tableau.”

Jonathan McKnight takes a similar position, saying that “the visualizations are nothing flashy, but they can be customized (with some extra work).

Mahesh Kanderi makes suggestions towards improving the UI, such as “enabling more GUI based functionality so that creating of dynamic report and dashboards by using Excel/flat file is easier.”

How have are major BI players in the enterprise tech industry being discussed among other users?

Read our full review collection of BI solutions to find out.

Business Intelligence Solutions Reviews — Best of 2016

IT Central Station users have published over 522 Reviews on Business Intelligence Solutions, ranking them according to reliability, stability and ROI from the solution.

Below are the Top 5 Business Intelligence Solutions in 2016, according to our user community.

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Tableau

Financial Consultant Gareth Crawshaw speaks of Tableau’s “extraordinary ease of use”, naming the “speed of data discovery” as a major benefit, as it “accelerated our ability to remodel our data and improve our existing ETL processes.”

“I’m able to prototype charts/dashboards in hours vs days or weeks with other tools (mainly Excel)” describes Jonathan Friesen.

Friesen then elaborates that Tableau “doesn’t require me to think about the level of aggregation that I’m going to need as it deals with large data sets…Blends disparate datasets together which is awesome for plan vs actual reports where the data is a two different levels of granularity.”

Room for Improvement

“The basic design of Tableau has some features that could be modified.” writes Larry Keller.

Keller explains that:

  • “There is no need to have five ways to add a new worksheet. Brevity is rewarded – new users have so much to learn that 2 ways would do the job.
  • How to render time – When performing analysis, no single issue is more important than time series data. Tableau uses visual clues in many places – When one uses the pull down option for time that could be visualized better as a continuum. those selections should be presented in green to be visually consistent. Those above in blue.”

Qlikview

BI Expert Pablo Parnisari finds that “for the user, QlikView is a wonderful tool of data discovery, providing powerful tools to navigate easily between a sea of data in an intuitive, easy, and clear way, allowing them to go from facts to KPI and vice versa.

Erin Dettrey, Product Manager of Healthcare Analytics at a Healthcare company, calls Qlikview “powerful, scalable, and a bit addictive, allowing you to “see” your data in ways never thought possible. We can now take medical stats presented in an academic journal and applying them to community-based medicine. This literally changes physician behavior like no other tool.”

Room for Improvement

BI Expert Jeremy Hornber argues that Qlikview lacks “out of the box mapping capabilities (Extensions/Plugins)” as well as “auto-scale for different display resolutions/dimensions.”

Hornber would also “like to see a few more visualizations available out of the box (e..g Bullet Graph).”

 

Oracle OBIEE

Krishna Marur highlights the “dashboard, alerts and BI publisher” features of Oracle OBIEE.

Senior BI Developer Peter Cseh emphasizes the security management features:

“Security management is very detailed, complex and well defined in OBIEE. I can set up everything that I want; user security, object security, row-level security, etc. For example: I can easily connect users with application roles, different application roles with different privileges or set up data filters, other restrictions for users / application roles or manage subject areas/tables/columns access for users / application roles, etc.”

Room for Improvement

Cseh suggests modifications to the dashboard features. These would include:

  • “Detailed editing of dashboard prompts: By this, I mean the appearance and localization. If I create a dashboard prompt, I cannot edit freely the columns and texts on the user interface of dashboard prompts. For example, I cannot insert individual text fields that are independent from columns; I cannot use CSS to emphasize my texts of columns and the localization is quite limited as well.
  • Smarter BI navigation using hierarchical columns: By this, I mean the navigation from a measure is quite difficult when I use hierarchical columns. When I use a hierarchical column in an analysis and expand the levels and click on a measure on the second level, for example, the BI does not know the appropriate level using navigation and it will result in wrong amounts.”

 

Microsoft BI

Nigel Mason shares that “Security is easily managed with SharePoint…Works with data, systems and tools we already have. They are “additional” tools rather than complete replacement software.  Easy to upgrade / install.  The new SSRS tools in particular give us an easier way to share insights and reports to our clients and within our own teams.”

Room for Improvement

“The build in Report Builder for end users needs improvement.  But for someone that has some training on SSRS, its very straightforward.” writes Web Developer Rex Campbell.

 

IBM Cognos

BI Manager Jonathan McKnight shares that “We are able to combine data from multiple sources across the organization and report on the information as a single source. This allows us to provide insights we could not easily determine before our BI implementation. It is fairly easy to use provided you have a good data structure/framework under the hood.”

“As a consultant”, writes BI Consultant Muhammed Eissa, “I have seen many cases where Cognos has helped organizations to increase business performance, and support managers in decision making.”

Room for Improvement

Cognos Consultant Mahesh Kanderi argues that IBM Cognos “needs to be improvised by clearly pointing out the issues/errors in the description to simplify the debugging process, and by enabling more GUI based functionality so that creation of dynamic report and dashboards by using Excel/flat file data is easier.”

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The Weekly Roundup: Tableau

This week’s roundup explores what’s being said in our collection of Tableau reviews. Tableau is one of the fastest growing BI tools in the market. There are so many solutions on the market and it’s hard to know which is best for your organization. Today, let’s see what our real users are saying about Tableau.
Here are a few highlights direct from IT Central Station:

· User Bernhardsmith who is a consultant at a financial services firm says “it has some of the best conceived “template” graphs I’ve seen in any package”

· Doug Lautzenheiser is an owner of tech consulting firm, says that “Tableau is the type of visual analytics software that Microsoft itself should have added to Excel.”

· Bob Samuels is working at a media company with 5,000+ employees gives it 5 star rating but says one of its limitations is its price. It is not cheap.

· Ted Cuzzillo, an industry analyst, says that in Tableau “workbooks can be passed around in a variety of ways forever”

· Marc A is a BI Expert gives it 4 star rating and says that performance of Tableau can be tricky on large datasets .

· Guillermo Cabiro who is R&D Director at tech consulting firm says “It has a full pivot, drag & drop and drill down capability that’s great for or power users”

· And finally, Lazarmihai who is a project Manager at a software R&D company gives Tableau 3 star rating saying it is very flexible and simple for a user to create reports with parameters and filters.

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QlikView vs Tableau Comparison

QlikView vs Tableau Review

Check out IT Central Station’s new Review Face Off on for two of our most popular Business Intelligence tools, QlikView vs. Tableau. Each solution has reviews written by real members of the enterprise tech community! To see a detailed comparison between the two products, check out IT Central Station’s Qlikview vs. Tableau Comparison.

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QlikView Review vs Tableau Review

Take a look at these quick summaries from out top reviewers for each product:

BI Expert at a media company with 101-1000 employees:

“I would never propose QlikView, or any other single tool, as THE definitive data visualization and dashboard tool for every organization, but it did best meet our particular needs.”

Developer at tech consulting company with 1-500 employees:

“Tableau is always pushing the limits, and their new version is certainly packed with features to be explored and used.”

Here’s more of the Face Off—click each one to see all the reviews for each product:

QlikView vs Tableau

Now take a look at this line up of the industry’s top Business Intelligence Tools on IT Central Station and add your perspective. You can comment on these reviews, check out what others are saying, or add a review of your own. Also make sure you check out  QlikView alternatives and Tableau alternatives.

 

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Cognos Enterprise    Tableau              QlikView                OBIEE

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Every review on IT Central Station has been verified to be an authentic review by a real user. You can count on the Station Master, Russell Rothstein and his team to continue to provide you with the kind of tech-buying community source that will shape the future. Take a look at how it all started here.

 

Microstrategy vs Cognos—Face Off

Microstrategy Review vs Cognos Review
Check out the new Face Off on IT Central Station for Business Intelligence (BI) tools. Each solution has more than 28 real user reviews and four and five star ratings!

Microstrategy Review vs Cognos Review

Microstrategy Review vs Cognos Review

First look at these quick summaries from expert reviewers for each product:

Senior Manager of IT at government with 5000+ employees:

Cognos Review

“Provides us with “a single version of the truth.”

Manager of Development at tech services company with 5000+ employees:

Microstrategy Review

“Issues with reports, however can be quickly fixed.”

Here’s more of the Face Off—click each one to see all the reviews for each product:

Microstrategy vs Cognos

Now take a look at this line up of the industry’s top BI tools comparison on IT Central Station and add your perspective. You can comment on these reviews, check out what others are saying, or add a review of your own. Also make sure you check out Microstrategy alternatives and Cognos alternatives.

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Cognos Express       SQL Server Reporting . . .         QlikView              Microstrategy

To see a detailed comparison between Cognos and MicroStrategy, check out IT Central Station’s comparison.

Join the “face off” by getting involved in the Yelp for the tech-buying community.

Every review on IT Central Station has been verified to be an authentic review by a real user. You can count on our Station Master, Russell Rothstein and his team to continue to provide you with the kind of tech-buying community source that will shape the future. Take a look at how it all started here.

 

Microstrategy vs. Tableau Review Roundup

Today’s Review Roundup is all about BI Solutions. In this post we’ll highlight several of the real user reviews comparing Microstrategy and Tableau posted on IT Central Station. Here are some key points from our community:steampunk_victorian_magnifying_glass_icon_mk6_by_pendragon1966-d5h4eq9

Arpit Agrawal, a tech Consultant says: “No tool in this world can meet each one of these requirements, but in my experience MicroStrategy provides a complete product, which meets most of the customer requirements…When we talk about MicroStrategy the first thought that comes into my mind is the core focus of the company, which is to deliver Business intelligence solutions, unlike other companies, which have their focus on different horizons. This, according to me, is the core strength of MicroStrategy as a company. ” Read his complete review here.

Marcel Magalhães, a Technical Business Executive says: “We are still measuring the ROI on this product but my overall advice I would give to others looking into implementing this product is that if they are looking at a platform (traditional BI and data discovery), Microstrategy is the really one good choice.” Read his complete review here.

On the other hand, several of our reviewers who compared the solutions felt differently about the relative advantages of Microstrategy over Tableau:

Vijay Madhavan, a Product Manager at a tech company says that after a recent presentation, several attendees asked him to compare these two products. He writes: “Tableau has found its sweet-spot as an agile discovery tool that analysts use to create and share insights. It is also the tool of choice for rapid prototyping of dashboards. Tableau is very flexible with its data import. Tableau’s data blending capability is very intuitive. This capability is useful when you have data spread across several different sources that has not gone through ETL processes.” Read his complete review here.

If you haven’t already, go to IT Central Station to read the full reviews of Microstrategy, Tableau, and other Business Intelligence solutions. You can also browse other reviews  — or be bold and write a review of your own!