Finding software can be overwhelming. Software Advice has helped hundreds of organizations choose the right manufacturing BI software to meet the data analysis and reporting needs of their business.

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Domo

Domo is the Business Cloud®, empowering organizations of all sizes with BI leverage at cloud scale in record time. With Domo, BI-critical processes that took weeks, months or more can now be done on the fly, in minutes or seconds,... Read more

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Lumenore

Lumenore is a cloud-based technology performance management platform that integrates with multiple data sources, including spreadsheets, databases, social media and any existing cloud-based or on-premise software solution. It is suitable... 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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Centralpoint - Business Intelligence

Centralpoint by Oxcyon is a content management solution that can be installed on-premise or accessed on the cloud from any mobile device with an internet connection.The modular applications can be deployed in a configuration that suits... 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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CXO

Your organization depends on your team to deliver the actionable C-Level insights from your EPM data that it needs. If you are stuck with static reports, BI tools that don’t innately understand the hierarchies and dimensions of financial... Read more

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Dploy Solutions

Dploy Solutions is a cloud-based manufacturing and industrial IIoT software that helps businesses collect, combine and analyze performance data across plant floors and other operations departments. It allows users to gain real-time... 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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Astera Centerprise

Astera Centerprise is an on-premise data integration solution that includes integration, transformation, quality and profiling. It enables users to choose from multiple integration scenarios and control individual users' view of data... 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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Rivery

Rivery is a cloud-based solution that provides small to large enterprises with business intelligence tools to manage and automate data pipelines. It comes with a centralized dashboard, which enables users to gain insights into business... Read more

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Buyers guide


Last Updated: March 3, 2020

Manufacturers are always trying to optimize data to improve productivity. Optimized data allows them to accurately measure their performance and understand where their companies stand in terms of profit. To that end, business intelligence (BI) software designed especially for manufacturers can be extremely helpful.

Apart from helping improve productivity, manufacturing BI software allows manufacturers to enhance sales, revenue, and return on investments (ROI) by using insights through data analysis.

However, selecting one manufacturing BI software product from among the hundreds on the market can be overwhelming. That's why we've created this Buyer's Guide to detail everything you need to know before making the final purchase decision.

Here's what we'll cover:

What is manufacturing BI Software?
Common features of manufacturing BI software
What type of buyer are you?
Benefits of manufacturing BI software
Key considerations

What is manufacturing BI software?

Manufacturing BI software collects data such as total units manufactured, total units sold, total shipments, and buyer demographics from a manufacturer's existing systems as well as from across the supply chain. The software then analyzes data and provides actionable insights.

Manufacturing BI software allows manufacturers to make informed business decisions related to future sales strategies, materials management, and buyer targeting.

Sales analysis in Sisense BI

Analyze total sales, units sold, buyer demographics in Sisense BI software

Common features of manufacturing BI software

Different vendors offer different features in their manufacturing BI software. Selecting the best manufacturing BI software for your setup is easier when you know what the common features are and what they do.

Data mining

Scan through large volumes of data to identify previously unknown or new patterns. This is the fundamental step of business intelligence that other processes, such as predictive analytics, rely on.

Predictive analytics

Forecast demand, predict customer behavior, and prepare strategies using statistical tools.

Online analytical processing (OLAP)

Perform multidimensional analysis of large volumes of data.

Dashboards

Highlight a manufacturing business's key performance indicators (KPIs) and focus on critical metrics.

Data visualization

Create graphical representations of business data using simple user interfaces.

Trend indicators

Identify patterns in production, sales, or distribution channels and decide on business strategy.

Scorecards

Attach or assign a numerical weight to each KPI and then map its progress. For instance, a scorecard might assign an "A+" grade to 40 percent annual revenue growth if the goal was set at 20 percent.

To further understand these features and learn about manufacturing BI software vendors, call our advisors at 855-998-8505 for free, no-obligation help. They'll help you narrow down your options by listening to your requirements and recommending the best-suited solutions for your business.

What type of buyer are you?

Before you start evaluating manufacturing BI software options, you'll want to know what buyer category you belong to. We believe most buyers will fall into one of the below categories:

  • Small manufacturers: These businesses are typically transitioning from pen and paper to a more automated system and only need basic BI functions such as data mining and predictive analytics.
  • Multilocation manufacturers: Operating multiple manufacturing units adds a layer of complexity to software requirements. These buyers need to understand customer demographics across locations and deal with large volumes of regional data. They require additional features such as data visualization and OLAP to analyze multidimensional data and create different graphical data representations.
  • Large (enterprise) buyers: These buyers value the seamless integration of data and processes that comes from having a unified platform for all functions. They appreciate a full-featured solution and would do best to seek an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite that includes manufacturing management and BI applications, along with other applications such as inventory management, supply chain management, etc.

Benefits of manufacturing BI software

While some of the benefits of manufacturing BI software may be clear from our discussion above, we've called out the most notable ones below:

  • Provides actionable insights: Manufacturing BI software provides insights related to manufacturing costs, raw materials usage, shipment costs, etc. using features such as predictive analytics and OLAP. Based on the insights, manufacturers can adjust their production strategy for higher profitability.
  • Improves overall sales: Manufacturing BI software helps manufacturing units identify untouched markets, sales trends, and product improvements. These insights help teams enhance their negotiations with customers, suppliers, and vendors to improve total sales.

Key considerations

Here are some important questions to consider before you purchase manufacturing BI software:

  • Availability of mobile apps: Manufacturers have to connect with various stakeholders (such as suppliers, vendors, buyers, etc.) at any point in time. Manufacturing BI software with a native mobile app allows them to receive real-time insights into production, shipment, sales status, etc. from anywhere. Look for solutions with mobile apps that work on all leading platforms such as iOS, Android and Windows.
  • Scalability: Ask your shortlisted vendors about the scalability of their products. You'll need a solution that supports your manufacturing business as it grows and is able to handle your expanding needs. For instance, if you plan to go from single-location to multilocation manufacturing, the software must be able to handle data from all your locations.
  • Customer support: Find out if the vendor offers support 24/7, only during business hours, or not at all. Also, ask about available support options, such as email, phone, or live chat.