The 54 Best Business Intelligence Tools: Top BI Software to Help You Analyze Data to Make Smarter Business Decisions (PART 2)

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19. Birst

Birst

Enterprise-worthy Birst is a SaaS BI platform that combines data discovery, reporting and analytics in a single, self-service platform. The benefit of Birst is a truly powerful feature set blended with easy-to-use software – user-friendly business intelligence. The automated data warehouse makes the data-load process simple, helping you deploy BI in a fraction of the time.

Features:

  • Integrate data from many systems you already use, like Marketo, Microsoft Analysis Services, NetSuite, Salesforce.com, and SAP BW
  • Each dashboard interface offers a wide selection of visualization options, so you can customize insights
  • Point-and-click analytics and report generation

Cost: Free Trial; Contact for pricing

20. DBxtra

DBxtra

DBxtra is all about simple reporting that anyone can create, no design or IT knowledge necessary. The platform utilizes interactive dashboards and web-based reports to deploy, manage and share ad-hoc data reporting. The promise: you’ll create and publish your first report in a matter of minutes.

Features:

  • Easily publish and share reports securely via any web-based browser
  • Anyone, even a first-time report designer, can create fully featured reports in less than an hour
  • No programming or SQL experience required

Cost: Free Trial; DBxtra Designer starting at $490

21. InduSoft Web Studio

InduSoft Web Studio

InduSoft Web Studio takes automation to the next level with supercharged tools to develop embedded instrumentation, SCADA systems, HMIs, and other business intelligence solutions. Graphic and design tools, in combination with InduSoft’s Microsoft platform, make it simple to develop a single customized solution that can be deployed across any MS-supported platform: Windows CE, Mobile, XP Embedded or Server editions.

Features:

  • Easy integration into ERP and “back-office” systems via built-in relational database connectivity
  • Flexible platform provides support for more than 200 drivers, as well as your PLC or controller, OPC (client and server), and TCP/IP
  • Cloud-based data accessible from desktop or mobile devices

Cost: Free Trial; Contact for pricing

22. Looker

Looker

Web-based Looker is an intuitive business intelligence tool that goes beyond standardized reporting. It’s data discovery and exploration, but that’s just the beginning: the purpose of Looker is to drill down on big data to uncover answers lurking in your information.

Features:

  • Real-time analytics, pulled from any SQL analytics database or data warehouse
  • Establish and manage multiple, direct data connections within a single Looker interface
  • Looker can be deployed either in the cloud, or on premise. But it connects directly to the database.

Cost: Free Trial; Contact for pricing

23. Artus

Artus

Artus is a fully integrated BI platform from Bitam, providing data management and reporting to the mid-market. Artus analyzes your company’s data, monitoring key performance metrics and sectioning information into its underlying details, giving you the tools necessary to make empowered and informed decisions. One powerful feature of Artus is the tool’s combination of management dashboards and ad-hoc analysis – a single solution where many BI methods require several tools.

Features:

  • Comprehensive trend analysis
  • Create customized dashboards to track every aspect of your business, individually
  • Create rules and set alerts to define thresholds, request immediate help, prioritize activities, and more

Cost: Contact for pricing

24. Stonefield Query

Stonefield Query

Stonefield Query is self-service business analytics software that enables ad-hoc data analysis and reporting. Though the platform is not specific to any industry, it offers powerful and efficient business reporting designed to meet most business needs. Both desktop and web editions are available.

Features:

  • Drill-down filters allow you to narrow search results and reporting inclusions with no programming
  • Run analytics on multiple databases, even databases of different structures and types
  • Generate reports as bars, graphs, lines, and pie charts – or a series that involves several types

Cost: Contact for pricing

25. Necto

Necto

Panorama Necto is a BI suite that unites enterprise-level business intelligence with visual data discovery. The visual interface is the first solution of its kind to provide companies with interactive, intuitive and completely customized analytics output in user-friendly infographic format. Self-service data discovery and dashboard visualization is also available for reporting.

Features:

  • Interactive infographics provide dynamic reports on trends and changes
  • Necto’s BI 3.0 leverages and integrates the power of automated intelligence and social decision making
  • Straightforward and visual approach is accessible to anyone within your organization

Cost: Free Online Trial; Contact for pricing

26. webKPI Business Intelligence DashBoards

webKPI Business Intelligence DashBoards

The webKPI Business Intelligence (BI) Dashboard platform is a SaaS dashboard solution designed for small and medium-sized businesses. The self-service tool is flexible and scalable, so it’s easy for anyone in your company to use, customize and manipulate. WebKPI’s agile architecture makes it easy to evaluate your company’s financials and devise solutions for increased ROI.

Features:

  • Share key performance indicators with clients
  • Dashboard controls make it easy to create reports in standardized formats
  • Publish reports to mobile device or email

Cost: Contact for pricing

27. HubSpot

HubSpot

HubSpot is a different kind of BI tool: instead of monitoring your financials or client information, it analyzes your company’s inbound marketing efforts. This tool is your answer to determining ROI for hard-to-determine marketing, like blogging, landing pages, and email marketing. HubSpot also integrates SEO tools, social monitoring, and other Internet-age must-haves to generate a full picture of your web-based marketing.

Features:

  • Access a large library of eBooks, videos, and webinars about Internet marketing
  • Finally determine your company’s blogging ROI
  • Create branded forms, landing pages, email newsletters, and more

Cost: Free Demo; Packages from $200/month

28. Epicor Business Intelligence Software

Epicor Business Intelligence Software

Epicor’s Business Intelligence solutions begin with one, single premise: today’s companies do not suffer from lack of information. In fact, your company probably has too much information – the challenge is turning that data into informed, actionable insights. That’s where Epicor steps in, with the right tools to create clear analysis and transform your information into solutions to improve your performance and ROI.

Features:

  • Maximize your ability to analyze hidden and hard-to-understand data
  • Utilize visual dashboards to leverage key performance indicators
  • Develop better, more insightful reports into any aspect of your data

Cost: Contact for pricing

29. Xtraction

Xtraction

With drag-and-drop actions, point-and-click controls, and interactive dashboards, Xtraction is a self-service BI solution for managing your business. The goal is simple: instead of waiting for IT to generate analytics, you can create comprehensive and customized reports anytime, no specialized knowledge or tech skills required.

Features:

  • Pull data from multiple sources into one chart
  • Real-time analytics, so you’re fully informed to make mission-critical decisions
  • Access data and dashboards from anywhere, via the handy iPad app

Cost: Free Trial; Contact for pricing

30. Datric Agile Data Suite

Datric Agile Data Suite

Datric’s Agile Data Suite is, unsurprisingly, a flexible tool suite designed to simplify data integration and data management. The enterprise-level service standardizes company-wide mapping, definitions, data traceability and modeling, even across technologies, thus connecting your business through technical and data management.

Features:

  • Fast and accurate data implementation takes 25-50% less time
  • Build a complete data warehouse in just 3-6 months
  • Link business and technical views to form shared requirements

Cost: Contact for pricing

31. Cognos Business Intelligence

Cognos Business Intelligence

Cognos Business Intelligence is IBM’s contribution to BI, providing an on-premise or web-based solution to company analytics. It is industry non-specific, as Cognos is designed for any business in any vertical. Dashboards, reports, collaboration and detailed analysis make it easy for companies to slice and dice even large amounts of raw data to create insightful reports that yield answers and solutions.

Features:

  • Analyze data from multiple angles and perspectives
  • Scorecarding capabilities allow for automation of business metrics – capture, management and monitoring
  • Collaborate on reporting and decision-making

Cost: Contact for pricing

32. MITS Distributor Analytics

MITS Distributor Analytics

MITS Distributor Analytics is a comprehensive BI solution designed for wholesale distributors that use ERP and other business systems. The platform lets you analyze data and decisions that impact sales, accounts receivable, inventory, purchasing decisions and other details of wholesale businesses – everything necessary to give you a competitive edge.

Features:

  • More than 200 standard and customized reporting options
  • Built-in functionality answers common distributor questions
  • Custom dashboards and scorecards give you at-a-glance insights into your data

Cost: Free Demo; Contact for pricing

33. Active Intelligence Engine

Active Intelligence Engine

Attivio’s Active Intelligence Engine (AIE) in an enterprise-level business analytics software tool that “connects the dots” between any and every piece of data related to your business. No matter the data type – external or internal, structured databases or unstructured text – AIE can integrate, process, analyze and report on it. The goal: to join formerly disjointed information silos and empower decision-making throughout your organization.

Features:

  • No pre-joining or data modeling required
  • 360º insight into any detail or topic related to your business success
  • Analyze data to avoid future mistakes involving suppliers, competitors, compliance and operations

Cost: Contact for pricing

34. Profitbase Suite

Profitbase Suite

The Profitbase Suite combines planning and forecasting, cash-flow and other what-if scenarios, and monitoring and reporting to paint a complete picture of your business. The full suite gives your business access to Profitbase Studio, a data warehouse deployment accelerator; Profitbase Webplan, a web-based budget accelerator; Profitbase SIM, a financial planning and simulation tool; and Profitbase Infront, a browser-based reporting dashboard.

Features:

  • Integrate data from across multiple resources
  • Access important information, anytime and anywhere – no software training required
  • Highly functional dashboards leverage Microsoft Silverlight technology

Cost: Free Demo; Contact for pricing

35. Solver BI360 Suite

Solver BI360 Suite

Solver set out to create a comprehensive business intelligence tool, and it developed the BI360 Suite. As its name implies, this BI tool gives you 360º insights into your data, including budgeting, reporting, data warehousing, and interactive dashboards. BI360 drives effective, data-based productivity throughout your company.

Features:

  • Out-of-the-box integration with Sage MAS 500, X3, Epicor Prophet 21, SAP Business One, and Microsoft Dynamics AX, GP, NAV, SL and CRM
  • Faster to implement and understand than most competing BI suites
  • Use Dashboards to visualize trends, analyze your data, comprehend mission-critical information, and more

Cost: Contact for pricing

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