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Last updated: October 20, 2014

Top 10 Most Recommended Data Visualization Software Systems

 
Sisense SiSense is an intuitive BI software not requiring lengthy implementation or training. With Dashboards & Scorecards and a Query Report Writer integrated into the suite, it's easy to manage and support all your business data.
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Pentaho Pentaho is a Business Intelligence platform suitable for companies of many types and sizes. Intuitive tools for Dashboards and Scorecards, ETL, Data Mining, and Predictive Analysis can help companies make the most of their data.
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Birst Birst is a power Business Intelligence and Data Visualization system. It offers an extensive repository of interactive visualizations and analytics. Create pivot tables and drill into data with advanced, easy-to-use reporting.
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GoodData GoodData is a web-based business intelligence system that provides robust data reporting and visualization. The analytics suite provides customizable reporting for sales, marketing and customer service.
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SAP - Business Intelligence SAP was named a leader in advanced data visualization by Forrester Research in July 2012. Its in-memory processing capabilities (with SAP HANA) make SAP an excellent choice for users looking to process big data visualizations.
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TIBCO Spotfire TIBCO Spotfire's data visualization tools enable users to make data immediately actionable, without needing to involve IT or developers. Instead, your team will take half the time harnessing and sharing insights.
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TARGIT Decision Suite We recommend TARGIT to buyers looking for a complete BI tool. Great for a wide variety of industries, including retail, financial services, construction and telecom. Visualization features include interactive diagrams and gauges.
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IBM Cognos Business Intelligence IBM Cognos Business Intelligence offers a data visualization solution in a personalized, intuitive format. Users can easily absorb information with custom visualizations. Capabilities can be deployed on-premise, web or mobile.
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OASIS OASIS is a unique, comprehensive system that offers features like dashboards & scorecards, data mining and predictive analytics, and online analytical processing within its suite.
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Stratum Stratum by Silvon brings a complete Business Intelligence solution to the hands of business executives at manufacturing and distribution companies. It's flexible, customizable, and quick to be up and running.
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What Is Data Visualization Software?
Benefits
Key Considerations

What Is Data Visualization Software?

Data visualization software processes information from databases and presents it in graphical form. These visualizations range from simple charts and graphs to complex flow charts and geographical maps. Many of these visualizations are interactive, allowing users to adjust settings and see the impact in real-time.

Data Visualization Software from Tableau
Geographical data mapping using Tableau

Benefits

Data visualizations enable users to more readily analyze information, gain insights and discover trends. This makes users more efficient because they spend more time asking questions and getting answers, and less time interpreting numbers and creating graphics.

Here are a few ways that data visualization software can assist users in gaining insights from their data:

Geographical maps. Mapping data can help users discover geographical trends that may have gone unnoticed in traditionally analyzed data sets. Users can utilize these visualizations to pinpoint geographic strengths and weaknesses and find ways to address them.

Timelines. Plotting data in a time series is a common way for businesses to track success. With data visualization software, users can constantly adjust parameters to adjust both the metrics considered (e.g., revenue, profit or margins) as well as the relevant timeframe.

Workflow representations. These visualizations allow users to quickly understand the progress of a particular item within a project. By nesting individual workflows under multiple levels of a larger project, both frontline managers and executives can understand at a glance where particular activities stand.

Key Considerations

You should consider the following when evaluating data visualization applications:

Do you need a stand-alone data visualization tool or an integrated BI application? Is more advanced BI functionality—such as that included in predictive analytics and forecasting systems—a necessity? If so, you should consider a BI application with integrated visualization, reporting and analysis functionality.

Do you prefer on-premise or Web-based deployment? Most data visualization buyers will have the necessary IT capabilities to host an on-premise system, but it’s worthwhile to consider Web-based applications for their ease-of-deployment and monthly subscription fees.

Is mobile BI on your roadmap? Mobile BI is one of the biggest trends in business analytics, and most vendors currently offer at least some functionality on mobile devices. Visualization applications will often require the larger tablet screen to be effective. If you plan on using mobile devices to access visualization applications, ensure that the vendors you evaluate provide support for popular tablets (e.g., Apple iPad and Android-based tablets).



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