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Dundas BI

Dundas BI, from Dundas Data Visualization, is a browser-based business intelligence and data visualization platform that includes integrated dashboards, reporting tools, and data analytics. It provides end users the ability to create... Read more

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Sisense

Sisense is an agile business intelligence (BI) solution that provides advanced tools to manage and support business data with analytics, visuals and reporting. The solution allows businesses to analyze big and disparate datasets and... Read more

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ClicData

ClicData is a business intelligence (BI) dashboard solution designed for use primarily by small and midsized businesses. The tool enables end users to create reports and dashboards. A drag-and-drop interface designed for ease of use... Read more

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Domo

Domo is a cloud-based business management suite that integrates with multiple data sources, including spreadsheets, databases, social media and any existing cloud-based or on-premise software solution. It is suitable for company sizes... Read more

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IBM Cognos Analytics

Cognos Analytics is an upgrade to Cognos Business Intelligence (Cognos BI). By adding cognitive guidance, a web-based interface and new data visualization features, Cognos Analytics provides self-service analytics to large and midsize... Read more

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Corporater

Corporater is a cloud-based OSHA- and ISO-compliant business intelligence (BI) solution that provides midsize and large organizations across various industries with applications to plan for and execute their business outcomes. Features... Read more

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Style Intelligence

InetSoft Style Intelligence is a business intelligence software platform that allows users to create dashboards, visual analyses and reports via a data mashup engine—a tool that integrates data in real time from multiple sources.... Read more

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Birst

Birst, an Infor Company, is a web-based networked BI and analytics solution that connects insights from various teams and helps in making informed decisions. The tool enables decentralized users to augment the enterprise data model... Read more

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BOARD

Created to combine business intelligence, corporate performance management, and business analytics, BOARD is a full-featured business intelligence system that serves midsize and enterprise-level companies in a variety of different... Read more

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SAP Business Objects

SAP BusinessObjects is a business intelligence solution designed for companies of all sizes. It offers ETL (extract, transform, load), predictive dashboard, Crystal reports, OLAP (Online Analytical Processing) and ad-hoc reporting... Read more

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Yellowfin

Yellowfin, a business intelligence platform, is a single integrated solution developed for companies across varying industries and scaling sizes. This system is customizable to suit businesses in accounting, advertising, agriculture,... Read more

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Exago

Exago BI is a 100% web-based, end-to-end business analytics solution that’s designed to be embedded in web-based applications. Embedding Exago BI allows SaaS companies of all sizes to provide their customers with self-service ad... Read more

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Intellicus

Intellicus is a Business Intelligence and Analytics platform. It offers an end-to-end BI solution, covering the complete spectrum of business intelligence – from Data Extraction and Data Processing to Delivery of Insights. Key features... Read more

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TrenData

TrenData People Analytics is a cloud-based business intelligence (BI) solution designed for midsize businesses across various industries. The solution offers various HR analytics and workforce management features such as compensation... Read more

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Stratum

Stratum by Silvon is a robust business intelligence solution that was designed to meet the unique needs of business professionals working for manufacturing and distribution companies. Stratum offers a full suite of integrated analytic... Read more

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TARGIT Decision Suite

TARGIT Decision Suite is a business intelligence and analytics solution that offers visual data discovery tools, self-service business analytics, reporting and dashboards in a single, integrated solution. TARGIT combines the control... Read more

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Phocas Business Intelligence

Phocas is a cloud-based, SaaS company specializing in data analytics for manufacturing, distribution and retail industries. Phocas uses sector knowledge to consolidate essential business data from common ERP, CRM and AP/AR systems... Read more

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icCube Data Analysis & Reporting

icCube Data Analysis & Reporting is a cloud-based business intelligence platform that offers real-time data analysis and visualizations through configurable dashboards, charts and widgets. The solution is accessible on tablets, smartphones... Read more

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Halo

Halo is an end-to-end supply chain management and business intelligence platform that helps in business planning and forecasting inventory for supply chain management. The system uses data from all sources - big, small, and in-between... Read more

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Tableau

Tableau is an integrated business intelligence (BI) and analytics solution that helps to analyze key business data and generate meaningful insights. The solution helps businesses to collect data from multiple source points such as... Read more

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Buyers guide


Last Updated: July 17, 2019

You’ve probably heard the term “business intelligence (BI)”—but what does it actually mean? Gartner defines BI as “the applications, infrastructure and tools and best practices that enable access to, and analysis of, information to improve and optimize decisions and performance.”

Given this, data analysis software is a central requirement for any business that wants to improve BI. In this guide, we’ll outline the main role of data analysis software and describe its functionality. This can help buyers select the best solution for their needs. We’ll cover:

What Is the Role of Data Analysis in BI?
Data Analysis Software Explained
Common Functionality of Data Analysis Software
Benefits of Data Analysis Programs
Key Considerations for Buyers

What Is the Role of Data Analysis in BI?

While the term "data analysis" is self-explanatory, it’s usually encountered in the context of BI, which is much more complicated. Thus, it’s helpful to begin by explaining how software for data analysis fits into the larger BI context.

The diagram below shows the major components of a BI system. All the data originates from the various data sources on the left, is colocated in the data warehouse (in the center) and then is analyzed by end users—using data analysis software—on the right.

Data analysis software is often the final, or second-to-last, link in the long chain of BI: This chain begins with loosely related and unstructured data, and ends with actionable intelligence.

Data Analysis Software Explained

Data analysis software is also known as “data analytics” tools. No matter what you call them, these should be able to handle the five key capabilities identified in our report, “5 Core Data Analytics Software Capabilities For SMBs.” Here they are:

  • Dashboards. These provide a real-time overview of key performance indicators (KPIs) in a visual format that is easily sharable. Some data analysis tools allow users to create their own dashboards so they can get a clearer picture of specific business operations.

  • Data set creation. Your business forecasts are only as reliable as the quality and quantity of data behind them. Software for data analysis should allow users to scrub, aggregate and split data as needed.

  • Interactive exploration. Static pie charts and line graphs are practically passé by today’s standards. Tools that enable interactive exploration provide eye-catching ways to visualize trends, such as heat maps and time motion views. Heat maps are 2D representations of data where values are represented by colors and time motion views are moving images depicting how data changes over time.

  • Sharing. Collaboration and social sharing functionalities are important because they allo