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Adaptive Insights

Adaptive Planning from Adaptive Insights is a cloud-based corporate performance management(CPM) solution that helps businesses to plan budgets, actuals, plans, forecasts, calculations and cell notes. The solution provides 'Cell Explorer'... Read more

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Adaptive Planning

Workday's Adaptive Planning, founded in 2003, provides a web-based system for budgeting, forecasting and reporting. The solution is suitable for a wide variety of company sizes. Delivered over the web as a software-as-a-service (SaaS)... Read more

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Datadog

Datadog is a network monitoring tool that helps companies gain visibility into application performance. The software provides an overview of a product to a single SQL query and correlates app performance or errors with infrastructure... Read more

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Spreadsheet Server

Connect your ERP to Excel in real-time. Spreadsheet Server works as an intuitive Microsoft Excel add-on, providing live data from 140+ Financial Systems into Excel for reporting and analysis, including drill-down. Empower users to... Read more

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Looker

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

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Toucan Toco

Toucan Toco is a cloud-based data visualization solution designed to deliver data and insights to non-technical decision makers using visual data storytelling. With Toucan's application studio, businesses are able to create and display... Read more

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Zoho Analytics

Zoho Analytics is a cloud-based reporting and business intelligence solution that offers several applications within its suite, including dashboards, analysis, reporting, data warehousing and more. This solution is used in multiple... 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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AnswerRocket

AnswerRocket is a search engine-based analytics and data visualization solution used by companies to receive complex analysis results in charts and graphs. The solution has a speech-to-text feature in which users can speak a query... Read more

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DBxtra

DBxtra is a cloud-based business intelligence, reporting and dashboard solution used by companies to create and distribute web reports. The solution's report designer feature allows users to customize input parameters, data filters,... Read more

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PBRS

PBRS (Power BI Reports Scheduler) is an on-premise reporting solution that allows users to automate filtration, distribution and delivery of power BI reports and dashboards. The solution can be used by businesses of all sizes across... Read more

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OneStream XF

OneStream XF is a corporate performance management (CPM) platform that aligns with the business needs of customers to support financial reporting, planning, budgeting and other operational aspects of an organization. The platform includes... 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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Agency Analytics

Agency Analytics is a reporting platform for marketing agencies that helps businesses generate reports and dashboards for search engine optimization (SEO) auditing, social analytics, third-party integrations, mobile apps and more. Agency... Read more

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Wrike

Wrike is a cloud-based project management platform for teams of 20+ and is suitable for both enterprise and SMB. It comes with Gantt charts, calendars, workload view for resource management, custom dashboards and real-time updates.... Read more

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ManageEngine Exchange Reporter Plus

Exchange Reporter Plus is a cloud-based reporting solution for Microsoft Exchange servers. It is offered by ManageEngine for businesses of all sizes. The solution allows users to track incoming and outgoing email messages, monitor... Read more

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Windward Studios

Windward Studios is a reporting and document generation solution that provides a data-powered document creation system for OEM, enterprises and system integrators. The solution offers the ability to edit, personalize and design document... 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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Salesforce Analytics Cloud

Salesforce Analytics Cloud, also known as Wave Analytics, is a cloud-based business intelligence (BI) system that provides an interactive platform to access and share business trends. The software provides data insights and helps to... Read more

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DashThis

DashThis is a marketing reporting software, allowing users to create custom dashboards for SEO, SEM, social media, analytics and display advertising reports. Users can integrate multiple data sources, allowing marketers and agencies... Read more

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Buyers guide


Last Updated: June 17, 2020

Generating business reports can be a giant headache. Many companies work with multiple disconnected sources of data and, therefore, struggle to analyze business performance in a way that's efficient and actionable.

This is where reporting tools come in. Reporting tools are used to create dashboards, data visualizations, charts and more so companies can more easily gauge business performance.

This guide will explain the types of reporting tools available, their benefits and key considerations for buyers making a purchase decision.

Here's what we'll cover:

What Are Reporting Tools?
Common Types of Reporting Tools
Benefits of Reporting Tools
Key Considerations
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Market Predictions

What Are Reporting Tools?

Reporting tools gather key data from multiple sources and consolidate it. From the collected business performance data, companies can identify trends, patterns and areas for improvement.

Many customer relationship management (CRM) systems offer some reporting functionality, as do many enterprise resource planning (ERP), marketing and sales software solutions. There are also many standalone reporting tools to choose from.

Common Types of Reporting Tools

Buyers purchase reporting tools for many reasons:

  • They have too many employees for their existing reporting tools or methods
  • Their current tools can no longer handle the amount of data the organization collects
  • Their existing methods are slow, cumbersome and inaccurate
  • Their current tools are only usable by IT staff, i.e., not accessible

While different solutions vary, there are a number of reporting solutions that address the above pain points. Below are the most common types:

Dashboard software Helps organizations focus on the metrics that are most important to their operations. Think of a dashboard as a display of the current overall status of your business.
Data visualization software Offers graphical representations of data via simple user interfaces. Gives users a more insightful way to look at data that is often more digestible for those who feel overwhelmed by reports heavy on figures and text.
Scorecarding tools A performance management tool to compare strategic goals with results by attaching a numerical weight to performance and mapping progress toward goals.
Ad-hoc report writers Help users design and generate custom, ad-hoc reports. This is especially helpful for organizations that frequently modify their analyses and need to generate new reports quickly.

Benefits of Reporting Tools

There are many benefits to using reporting tools, including:

Visibility of key metrics. Users have immediate access to the information they need to answer critical, real-time questions. This improves and speeds decision making.

 

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Domo's Card Builder interprets your data and suggests how to visualize it. This helps users quickly access the most important and critical data for their business.

 

Improved accessibility. In the past, only team members with technical skills could build and access analytics reports. Today, reporting tools make it easy for anyone to instantly create reports and share data.

Key Considerations

A good reporting tool should align with your company’s strategy and goals. It should also offer the following characteristics:

Ease-of-use. If your reporting tool is complicated to use, or even looks like it might be, employees will balk at the idea of using it, or simply give up. Look for reporting tools that are easy to learn with intuitive features and vendors that offer tutorials. To get a sense for this, check out reviews from real users when evaluating your options.

 

Sisense offers “getting started” tutorials to help new users get up to speed.

 

Easy implementation. To avoid a lengthy implementation or one that requires technical expertise, look for software that is easy to get up and running. This saves your IT department the burden of a time-consuming, cumbersome implementation process and ensures you’ll be able to start using your reporting tool right away.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

Reporting tools are used in a wide variety of fields by many types of users. Some of the most common include:

Business and IT analysts. Analysts need to create data visualizations on dashboards that they can embed in different applications. These are buyers looking for tools that allow them to fetch unstructured data from different sources and create customized dashboards for their colleagues, partners and clients. The ideal reporting tool should offer back-end support and integration capabilities that make pulling reports from different systems and databases easy.

Consultants and customer service managers. Reporting tools should enable consultants and customer service managers to create interactive dashboards rather than just data-driven "Excel-based" reports. These buyers are looking for tools that help them seamlessly add customer details or feedback collected from surveys and forums into dashboards. Once that’s done, their clients should be able to interact with the data and drill down to perform further analysis.

Department heads and business managers. A reporting tool that caters to department managers must have integration capabilities with different business applications. Managers need to be able to share data dashboards with colleagues and other stakeholders who use different systems. These could range from human resource management (HRM) and CRM to ERP software and many other tools. Therefore, these users need a reporting solution that comes with advanced integration capabilities. Besides this, such buyers are looking for solutions that offer easy customization options and allow quick access to key business metrics.

Software providers. Software vendors look for reporting tools that integrate with specific functionalities of their software, such as a knowledge base, custom portal etc. At times, they may even decide not to build a native reporting tool and instead embed a third-party reporting dashboard within their solution. These buyers are looking for advanced integration capabilities and white label options.

Nontechnical business users. Professionals in traditionally nontechnical departments, such as sales or customer support, require dashboards where they can view data in a single click. These buyers need reporting tools with interactive dashboards that allow them to drill down further into reports, such as product sales, consumer behavior, budgets and more.

Market Predictions

Gartner’s ''Market Guide for Enterprise-Reporting-Based Platforms'' (content available to Gartner clients) states: ''By 2020, 80% of all enterprise reporting will be based on modern BI and analytics platforms; the remaining 20% will still be on IT-centric reporting-based platforms because the risk to change outweighs value.''

Forbes Insights, in association with Qlik, conducted a global survey of 437 senior executives, which revealed that four out of five organizations (81 percent) experienced ''very significant business benefits from their BI programs.''