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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.

Julia Frohwein

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