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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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Recent recommendations:  32
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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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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
Rating:  83 reviews
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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
Rating:  13 reviews
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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
Rating:  85 reviews
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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
Rating:  38 reviews
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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
Rating:  44 reviews
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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
Rating:  79 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  9
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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
Rating:  7 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  6
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Chartio

Chartio is a cloud-based business intelligence solution that provides founders, business teams, data analysts and product teams in an organization tools to manage day-to-day business operations. Chartio's tools provide users functionalities... Read More
Rating:  25 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  4
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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
Rating:  49 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  3
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Exago

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
Rating:  35 reviews
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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
Rating:  4 reviews
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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
Rating:  29 reviews
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Rapid Insight

Rapid Insight is an on-premise Business Intelligence solutions for higher education institutions and fundraising, healthcare and data science corporations. The suite of applications includes dashboards and scorecards, data mining and... Read More
Rating:  5 reviews
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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
Rating:  3 reviews
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Orbit

Orbit is a reporting and analytics solution that is suitable for businesses of any size in any industry. Key features include automated reporting, report exporting and interactive dashboards. Orbit’s operational reports allow users... Read More
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Recent recommendations:  5
Our advisors have recommended this product 5 times in the last 30 days. These recommendations are based on buyers' needs. Contact us for a free consultation.
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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
Rating:  87 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  1
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Systum

Systum is a cloud-based enterprise resource planning solution for small to midsize businesses. Key features include marketing, customer relationship management, sales automation, e-commerce, inventory management and quoting and billing. Systum... Read More
Rating:  7 reviews
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Microsoft SharePoint

Microsoft SharePoint 2013 helps organization collect and analyze key business data in order to gain an accurate and actionable view of business operations. The software supports both on-premises as well as web-based deployment architecture.... Read More
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Buyer's Guide

Last Updated: December 12, 2018

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 allow business leaders to work together more efficiently. When everyone is seeing the same data sets, it’s easier to interpret the information in the same way.

  • Ease of use. A good data analytics tool should not require an advanced computer science degree to operate. While usability will vary depending on how robust and technical your platform is, the interface should be intuitive enough for trained staff to use with minimal support.

Common Functionality

As you research the various options available in the data analysis software market, you’ll notice that vendors describe and name their solutions differently. This can make product selection, and apples-to-apples comparisons, difficult. So, here’s an overview of the general categories of software for data analysis:

Functionality Description
Querying Querying is the process of “asking” the database a question. The answer is returned via the analysis tool in the form of data or data patterns, and is often presented as a “report.”
Reporting Reports are the results returned from a database query. They can take many different shapes and sizes depending on the software used, the available data and the specific nature of the query.
Managed Query Environment (MQE) MQE functionality lets administrators set role-based restrictions on the types of queries employees can submit, which databases those queries will access and the types of reports they’ll produce.
Online analytical processing (OLAP) Analyzes multidimensional data from multiple perspectives. It’s usually comprised of three analytical operations: data consolidation, data sorting and classification ("drill-down") and analysis of data from a particular perspective ("slice-and-dice").
Predictive analytics Makes predictions about future risks and opportunities. For example, predictive analytics could be used to test the effectiveness of marketing campaigns based on the performance of past campaigns.
Semantic and text analytics Analyzes large volumes of text to identify patterns, relationships and sentiment. These tools are often applied to comments on social media, live chat conversations and emailed communications.

Benefits of Data Analysis Software

The benefits of data analysis software are, essentially, the benefits of business intelligence. They vary tremendously depending on the individual case. Generally, however, they help identify, interpret and predict trends and patterns that affect the business.

Data analysis software can help, for example:

  • Clarify the correlation between new marketing initiatives and improved sales
  • Better predict customers’ needs by analyzing past purchases and browsing habits
  • Improve internal workflows and suggest solutions to common bottlenecks

By extracting these kinds of meaningful insights from your data, you’re in a better position to understand what it will take for your business to increase profitability. When you analyze a data set, you’re reflecting on what is (or isn’t) running smoothly at your business. The great advantage of using software for this purpose is it’s often more reliable—and less time-consuming—than manual data coding methods.

Key Considerations for Buyers

Businesses hoping to purchase data analysis tools in the near future should consider the following when evaluating solutions:

Customer support. Even in the most user-friendly of data analysis programs, it’s common to encounter some technical difficulties. Be sure to evaluate all the training and support services a vendor offers before committing to their system. This may include 24/7 live chat, online case submissions, webinars and more.

Mobile access. Business leaders who travel frequently will be especially interested in ensuring their data analysis tools are compatible with various mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones. Click here for a more comprehensive guide on mobile BI software.

Integrations. Make a list of all the different software your business currently uses to check what the integration process is like with BI platforms on your shortlist. For example, a vendor’s BI platform may not integrate with your existing CRM system.