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, reporting format, and generate reports based on the selected parameters. A web interface allows businesses to upload all their company reports on a web database for their customers.
DBxtra provides a set of templates and design control features to create formatted and interactive reports. Employees can also create their own customized templates. The solution can connect to a local database as well as popular cloud-based databases like Oracle, SQL servers and DB2s to access data tables, views and stored procedures.
DBxtra has a visual query builder that allows users to build and execute complex SQL queries in a drag-and-drop mode to connect and join multiple tables in a database. Users can also export the filtered data in CSV, XML and Excel format.
DBxtra is available on a perpetual license basis. Support is available through phone and email.
Richard from NorthEast Logistics Systems LLC
Employees number: 2-10 employees
We have used DBXTRA for over 5 years with a national user base accessing through IIS. Our customers love the simplicity of the UI, the rich features and we love the reliability and support.
We highly recommend this product!
Ease of use, quick deployment, rich features.
No significant cons. For secure web deployment, you need to do in-house IIS set-up but it's expected, relatively straightforward and allows you to integrate into a custom web gateway.
We are happy to see new features coming in the upcoming 2017 releases!
Patrick from Country Care Group
Employees number: 51-200 employees
Have been using it for 5 years, and now purchased another licence again for a new system.
Features we use:
Designer on server=yes
Designer by users =no
Reports (ie using designer)=yes
It doesn't do _everything_ but in terms of basic data grid, reports, pivot it's very good. This is because it's built on DevExpress report designer which is as solid reporting tool.
Essentially the core requirements for reporting, ie user-based variables, parameter customisation, user group security, good web based reporting interface are very good.
It is excellent value for money when compared to other reporting tools on the market, which can easily span into the $10k upwards.
For me, the primary reason is the ease of use for creating and deploying reports. Once I have my SQL query created, just paste it into the designer, save the report, set permissions and you're done. For simple reports I can create them in 5-10 minutes, so that's extremely helpful when managmenet is on your tail to get something sorted. :-)
Good value, ease of use, practical.
Some quirks in the how the software auto-configures queries for parameters. Need more options for configuring parameters as its easy to void the use of indexes if you're not careful.
Be aware of what it is - a good equivalent to MS reporting services, though in facts its much better!
But its not a drill down style enterprise data sifting tool, you won't get that for ~$5K, so just analyse your reporting requirements carefulyly, DBXtra might cover 95% of it.
Robert B from Robert B. Willsie
Employees number: 2-10 employees
I've found DBxtra far quicker to develop, test, and roll out to end users than either MS Business Intelligence or Oracle.
I also like the fact that end users can easily learn it and create their own custom queries and reports. It takes a tremendous amount of workload off of IT when users are in a "I'll know it when I see it" mode.
Very Rapid development and roll out cycle. I have been able to satisfy customer needs in minutes where other tools took hours of work and testing.
A couple of issues, but I've already passed them along to the support/development group months ago.
IT departments should learn and use this software and encourage corporate departments to have an individual that knows it also. Many times IT departments don't have time for users with an "I'll know it when I see it" reporting or query need. Businesses can't wait for a two year "development" cycle when they need to fix a problem "NOW!!"
Chris from Avalon Produce Ltd
Employees number: 11-50 employees
After reviewing many alternatives, we selected DBxtra to publish our in-house data onto the web.
Implementation was straightforward, and we're publishing complex dashboards within a couple of days.
Too many features to comment on, but one we find excellent is the User / Group variables. These allow us to easily publish a single dashboard to our 60 suppliers, with the data displayed restricted to their login details
The online documentation covers the basics. For further instructions, you email support. The support team is impressive. All emails were replied to on the same day, with detailed and relevant instructions.
Overall, I am very impressed.
Easy to setup, dashboard functionality and customer support
Frank from CIO
Employees number: 501-1,000 employees
We implemented DbXtra as visual dynamic reporting alternative, we realized that helped our organization to have valuable information across processes and areas without development constraints and best in value, the benefit/cost ratio compared with other Visual Reporting Tools is very high. Something to improve is about web client features. Still great for basic Analytics.
- Ease to implement and distribute across users.
- Unlimited viewers with several filtering and drill down options.
- Designer cost is reasonable.
- Excel plug-in is a useful tool.
-Very limited performance on the web based version.
-Focused just in Windows version, no mac, no Linux.
-ETLs have been well built and debugged in external tools prior to considering DataSets in DbXtra.
- A complete web version Client.
- A Mac Client.
- A DataSet Framework.
- A Nginx, Apache or alternatives to IIS and dbXtra Web Services.
Nigel from Cantel Medical
I have been using DBxtra for many years now and I am always happy to tell people how good a product it is and how easy it is to use. The customer support is also second to none!!
Todd from DelGrosso Foods, Inc.
This is an excellent program that allows non-programmers to create reports. It has a very easy learning curve and the support is excellent. We use it to create reports that we can distribute to different users in our warehouse so that they can easily run themselves. It is very feature rich and allows you to tackle almost any reporting tasks you may have. The only negative is that in program documentation is a little sparse and some of the advanced functions are not documented but support is excellent and only an e-mail away.
JUAN ANTONIO from Medical Equipment Supplier
I BEEN WORKING WITH THIS SOFTWARE AND FINALLY I DID RESOLVE A LOT OF PROBLEMS WITH MY INFORMATION, I HAVE A FANTASTIC REPORT, FANTASTIC SUPPORT.. GREAT DBXTRA SOFTWARE.
Dennis from Fundacion Jose Maria Covelo
In my opinion, dbxtra have all elements necessary to create any type report. One special feature is that I can do anything with text files. That´s great. The text files are one easy option to complete something that in some native software we haven't. Then, with dbxtra we can take the text files and surprise everyone. Another thing very important is the customer support team, I am very pleased with them. Also, dbxtra never stop, always are doing new and smart improves to the tool. Congratulations!!
Agung from Cipta Mortar Utama, PT
Employees number: 201-500 employees
Almost 6 years I using this solution for complex requirements and also limited budget.
Users really happy cause all thing related with this solution are easy.
Even for beginner developer without good basic for programming can easily setting this solution.
Thank you DBxtra!!!!!!
easy for developing and understanding event for beginner.
Alexey from Ibanpay
I see the Features Checklist saying that DBxtra supports OLAP. This is simply not true. You will not find any mention of OLAP support on DBxtra website or documentation besides this news article dating back to 2008: http://www.dbxtra.com/blog/?p=103
DBxtra can't use SSAS or similar OLAP tools as a data source. The built in table pivoting doesn't have multidimensional data processing functionality.
So far I'm having pretty rough experience with DBxtra. After working with it for a month I'm running into numerous bugs and minor annoyances: slow initial load time, various UI elements not working. Customer Support response is very quick, but they can't really solve any of my issues or provide estimates for resolution. Well I guess it's what you get for this kind of price.
Michael from Axenda Software, Inc.
For small to mid-size organizations looking for a web-based business intelligence tool, I haven't found anything better than DBxtra. It lets you build beautiful presentations and reports at a fraction of the the cost of other reporting tools.
I highly recommend it!
Martyn from C. Systems
We did a substantial amount of market testing before deciding on which product to settle on.
We needed to improve the quality of our reports, make data easier to understand for our end users and reduce the development time associated with report generation.
We evaluated a number of other competitors. We found the service to be reasonable with most of the companies we evaluated. In some products, we found very advanced features, but the development cycle would require lots of coding. We were looking for a solution that would steamline the report creation process and offer a powerful set of tools for visualising and presenting data back.
After we became disillusioned with the 4th product we tried, we moved over to testing DBxtra.
With DBxtra we had created and deployed our first report in less than 3 days (compared to over 7 with the other products)
DBxtra works like this: You build an underlying query using a visual query builder - from this you effectively have 4 separate methods of manipulating the data:
- Data Grids
- Pivot Tables
Go the website to see these.
But why am I actually writing this review?
During our testing of this product, the service and support we received was literally the best we've experienced. The friendly and experienced team at DBxtra never made us wait long for an answer to a support email and on a number of occasions they screen shared with us to provide advice. In about 5 situations, our requirements needed code changes in asp pages. Each time, they went away, researched our problem and came back and implemented it for us.
As part of our purchase we agreed on some customization work that needed to be done at short notice. We were a little worried about whether the quality of the service would drop off after we paid. When our customisation was not completed we sent an email to ask what was going on at 23:00 - only to get an instant reply to say that it had taken longer than planned due to a major storm, but they were staying with it until it was done. It was completed at around 02:00 - and was done so because the DBxtra team understood we needed it for showcase to a client the next morning and they delivered on their promise.
That's all there is to say really.
Mohd from MN Technology Catalyst
We trust DBxtra so much that we let DBxtra runs LIVE reporting of our system that is fed with records every 5 seconds from our devices. We showed to our client and they were dazzled of DBxtra's features and importantly the stability of DBxtra that we achieved in our setup. We told them DBxtra did all the work unattended to produce the online LIVE reporting that could be drilled down to the last hour. Soon enough, we got the purchase order from this client as well as other projects and thanks to DBxtra for its hard work that helped us to win this client. Now we trust DBxtra even more ... to tackle our next client.
Dan from WealthVest Marketing
Powerful and feature rich
Web deployment capability
Memory and processing hog. Make sure you have a powerful computer when developing or it will crash far too often.
Doesn't have many bugs but the ones it does are very annoying and impede the use of some features
Very slow to fix bugs
Poor documentation (really poor - you have to contact technical support to learn how to do anything sophisticated)
Last release was extremely poorly conceived, delivered, and poorly communicated. They eliminated some good features and the upgrade wreaked havoc on our installation. We had to downgrade (which is not easy) and rebuild everything. Consequently we are very gun shy about upgrading and are still waiting months later for them to repair the damage form this release.
The parameters window no longer displays by default
The output display is limited a window that is too small for some of our wider reports so now there are 2 sets of scroll bars
The moved the function buttons from top right to top left so our logo is crowded between the buttons and the report and looks terrible.
Product management needs a serious overhaul. Both because of the above bumbling and a number of features in the UI that are just plain bad design and need to be removed or fixed. For example:
Displaying the report parameters in a cryptic string in the report header without the option to hide them. Users don't need to see this and if you have a lot of parameters the result is a very long string which detracts from the report aesthetics.
You cannot have report parameters that are strings with commas, such as a company name as it does not work. You have to work around it in a non-elegant way to get it to work. This bug has been outstanding for more than a year. There is a similar problem with strings that contain single quotes (given that this is a SQL based report system you'd think the programmers would have had a clue about this).
If you customize the display of parameters in the report (so you don't get the non-user-friendly cryptic string) every time you edit the report your customizations are overwritten with that ridiculous string. You have to save your customization in a hidden field and copy and paste it back every time.
Note: All of the above has already been communicated to DBXtra. We are still awaiting a resolution.
Alfonso from SoftSolutions!
It is already 3 years we use DBxtra as our main reporting solution.
We were looking for a tool that could show reports like excell does with a pivot table.
SQL is somehow limited in that because you cannot really have a presentation layer for the data you collect and therefore a report is very repetitive and static.
DBxtra let you create reports that can be viewed online and let you see a summarized account of the data while letting you to go down to a detailed view if needed.
The interface is easy enough to have a secretary create the report in very few time.
I'd like also to point out that the customer service is very competent and quick to answer finding a way to help you out with any use or configuration problem that could arise.
Joan from NATURALOPTICS GROUP
Simple and efective
Dennis from Fundacion Covelo
I am new in use of product., but I think that have the best tool business intelligence. Congratulations!
Jerry from University of Texas School of Public Health
We've been looking for a reporting tool that has the flexibility for end users to modify the query criteria, sorting, and grouping data. DBxtra's data grid just provides all these capabilities. And it is easy to use. This is a great product and I recommend it to other users. It would be great if the free report viewer has an authentication mechanism. Currently, any user can double-click the report file on a disk drive to open it if the user can access the disk drive. Another thing is that the web version of the dashboard doesn't look as good as the windows version.
Response: Advisionario, S.A. de C.V., Advisionario, S.A. de C.V.
Date: August 2014
Thanks Jerry for your review!
>>>It would be great if the free report viewer has an authentication mechanism. Currently, any user can double-click the report file on a disk drive to open it if the user can access the disk drive.
The free report viewer does not consider user security; this will require the Report Web Service which takes care of it.
Rudolf F. Vanek
Jan from Comerciarte
Dbxtra has helped us to extract the information we need out of dispersed and different databases. Now we can make informed decisions which without this tool were not possible. Well worth the investment !