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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
Recent recommendations: 27 recommendations
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
Recent recommendations: 12 recommendations
Looker is a cloud-based business intelligence (BI) platform designed to explore and analyze data. The solution helps businesses to capture and analyze data from multiple sources and make data-driven decisions. Looker provides business... Read more
Recent recommendations: 11 recommendations
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
Recent recommendations: 10 recommendations
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
Recent recommendations: 9 recommendations
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
Recent recommendations: 8 recommendations
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
Recent recommendations: 8 recommendations
Izenda is a business intelligence (BI) platform that enables real-time data exploration and report creation. It is suited for software vendors and development teams in enterprises that need to embed BI and analytics functionality into... Read more
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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
Recent recommendations: 6 recommendations
Exago BI is a web-based 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 hoc, operational reporting, and interactive... Read more
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
Ambition is a cloud-based business intelligence (BI) solution that provides tools and functionalities that help businesses drive employee performance and manage sales operations. Key features include data transformation, private cloud... Read more
Grow is a cloud-based business analytics and reporting solution suitable for small to midsize organizations. The solution allows users to create customizable dashboards for monitoring business workflows and key activities. Grow pulls... Read more
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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
Revel is a cloud-based business platform that integrates operations and customer channels with point-of-sale (POS) functionality in a single dashboard. It is suitable for stores and restaurants of all sizes and provides users with... Read more
Klipfolio is a cloud-based business intelligence solution that serves businesses of all sizes. It helps marketing agencies, analytics firms, system integrators, business solution providers and technology providers create business performance... Read more
Qlik Sense is a business intelligence (BI) and visual analytics platform that supports a range of use cases, including centrally deployed guided analytics apps and dashboards, custom and embedded analytics, and self-service visualization,... Read more
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
QlikView is a Business Intelligence (BI) data discovery product for creating guided analytics applications and dashboards tailor-made for business challenges. The software enables user to uncover data insights and relationships across... Read more
SAP Crystal Reports is a business intelligence (BI) on-premise solution for Windows that is suitable for small to midsize businesses across multiple industries. It combines the reporting capabilities of SAP Crystal Reports with the... Read more
How do you measure success? A sales manager might shoot for a high client acquisition rate, an application developer could want to deliver the least number of defects at launch and a CEO may live or die by their gross profit margin.
These are examples of key performance indicators (KPIs)—important metrics that teams, departments and whole organizations monitor to measure their success (or lack thereof).
KPI software automates the tracking of these important stats and presents them in easy-to-understand dashboards so users can track performance and spot trends at a glance. These platforms act as a centralized hub for decision makers, aggregating data from various integrated sources and allowing users across various departments to compare their KPIs against preset goals.
This guide is meant to help those researching KPI software for the first time. Here’s what we’ll cover:
KPI software is a type of dashboard software, and thus the platforms share common functionality:
|Data integration||Pull data from multiple sources, including Excel files, proprietary databases and commercial business platforms.|
|Customizable dashboards||Create customized dashboards at an individual or team level so users only see the KPIs that matter to them.|
|Reporting||Use standardized reporting templates, or customize your own, then have reports sent to stakeholders automatically as necessary.|
|Web accessibility||Cloud-based KPI software platforms allow users to access their dashboards from anywhere.|
|Trend spotting||Track KPI data in real time, or compare over a set timeframe to identify trends.|
|Automatic alerts||Send notifications via email if performance tracks drastically over or under KPI goals.|
KPI dashboard in InetSoft Style Intelligence
KPI software offers a number of benefits to organizations both large and small:
KPI software buyers tend to fall into one of three categories:
High-level executives. Needing a high-level view of their organization’s performance, many executives rely on KPI software to boil down the many facets of their business into a few key metrics, which they can easily monitor and report to shareholders.
Managers and department heads. Using a single KPI software platform, various managers and department heads can create customized dashboards and views in order to aid decision making within their business units.
IT users. Though non-IT workers continue to account for nearly two-thirds of BI software purchases, IT professionals still make up a significant chunk of KPI and general dashboard software buyers. These buyers are looking for an efficient way to digest sizeable amounts of data related to internal business systems.
Deciding whether to invest in KPI software and choosing which platform is best for your needs requires considering a variety of factors. Here are a few key considerations to keep in mind:
Is KPI software all you need? KPI software only offers a fraction of the functionality found in larger BI platforms. Consider more robust suites with data mining and predictive analytics capabilities if you want to make use of more information and gain greater insight into your organization’s performance.
Where does mobile BI come into play? On-premise systems have their benefits (more data storage space and customization), but many buyers take advantage of cloud-based systems and dedicated apps that enable them to access KPI dashboards from a mobile device. If you have a remote workforce, your vendor’s mobile BI capabilities could play a huge role in your purchase decision.
Who will be using the system? IT staff may be able to work their way around a complex KPI tool, but what about your sales team? Depending on who’s using the software and their technical literacy, you may need to make user-friendliness a top priority when deciding on a KPI vendor.