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Last updated: May 16, 2015

Top 10 Most Recommended Data Visualization Software Systems

 
BOARD Offering within a single solution all the functionality necessary to build a complete BI and corporate performance management system, BOARD provides a full suite of applications with its toolkit.
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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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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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Pentaho Pentaho is a business intelligence platform for companies of many types and sizes. Tools for dashboards and scorecards, ETL, data mining and predictive analysis can help companies make the most of their data.
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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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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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Olation Olation is a comprehensive business intelligence tool that integrates across multiple platforms and operating systems. The program is available in both Web-based and on-premise deployment models.
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Phocas Business Intelligence Phocas Business Intelligence is a mobile-ready platform for Dashboards and Scorecards, OLAP, and ETL.
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Adaptive Discovery Adaptive Discovery delivers an integrated suite of business intelligence software with customizable visualization tools. It's a cloud-based solution with an app designed to for mobile devices and tablets.
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Halo Supply Chain Intelligence Halo BI combines business intelligence with data analytics visualization, collaboration and decision support tools customized for specific industries. Halo BI maintains quality with its data cleaning tool, which identifies errors.
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Buyer's Guide

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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 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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