Finding software can be overwhelming. Software Advice has helped hundreds of businesses choose the right data cleaning tools so they can clean and correct the information in their databases.

Showing 1-20 of 94 products

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

Price:

Recent recommendations: 22 recommendations

Platforms: MacWinLinux
Deployments: On premise
Business Size:
Learn More

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

Price:

Recent recommendations: 14 recommendations

Platforms: MacWinLinux
Deployments: Cloud, On premise
Business Size:
Learn More

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

Price:

Recent recommendations: 13 recommendations

Platforms: MacWinLinux
Deployments: Cloud, On premise
Business Size:
Learn More

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

Price:

Recent recommendations: 13 recommendations

Platforms: MacWinLinux
Deployments: Cloud, On premise
Business Size:
Learn More

IBM Cognos Analytics

Cognos Analytics is an upgrade to Cognos Business Intelligence (Cognos BI). By adding cognitive guidance, a web-based interface and new data visualization features, Cognos Analytics provides self-service analytics to large and midsize... Read more

Price:

Recent recommendations: 12 recommendations

Platforms: MacWinLinux
Deployments: Cloud, On premise
Business Size:
Learn More

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

Price:

Recent recommendations: 11 recommendations

Platforms: MacWinLinux
Deployments: Cloud, On premise
Business Size:
Learn More

TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire provides executive dashboards, data analytics, data visualization and KPI push to mobile devices. It complements existing business intelligence and reporting tools, while midsize organizations can use dashboards and... Read more

Price:

Recent recommendations: 5 recommendations

Platforms: MacWinLinux
Deployments: Cloud, On premise
Business Size:
Learn More

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

Price:

Recent recommendations: 3 recommendations

Platforms: MacWinLinux
Deployments: Cloud, On premise
Business Size:
Learn More

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

Price:

Recent recommendations: 2 recommendations

Platforms: MacWinLinux
Deployments: Cloud, On premise
Business Size:
Learn More

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

Price:

Recent recommendations: 2 recommendations

Platforms: MacWinLinux
Deployments: Cloud, On premise
Business Size:
Learn More

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

Price:

Recent recommendations: 1 recommendations

Platforms: MacWinLinux
Deployments: Cloud, On premise
Business Size:
Learn More

Centerprise Data Integrator

Centerprise Data Integrator 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... Read more

Price:

Recent recommendations: 1 recommendations

Platforms: Win
Deployments: On premise
Business Size:
Learn More

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

Price:

Recent recommendations: 1 recommendations

Platforms: MacWinLinux
Deployments: Cloud, On premise
Business Size:
Learn More

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

Platforms: MacWinLinux
Deployments: Cloud, On premise
Business Size:
Learn More

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

Price:

Platforms: Win
Deployments: On premise
Business Size:
Learn More

Intellicus

Intellicus is a Business Intelligence and Analytics platform. It offers an end-to-end BI solution, covering the complete spectrum of business intelligence – from Data Extraction and Data Processing to Delivery of Insights. Key features... Read more

Price:

Platforms: MacWinLinux
Deployments: Cloud, On premise
Business Size:
Learn More

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

Price:

Platforms: MacWinLinux
Deployments: Cloud, On premise
Business Size:
Learn More

Nexla

Nexla is a hybrid business intelligence (BI) solution that helps analysts, business users and data engineers across various sectors to integrate, automate and monitor their incoming and outgoing data flows. Features include high volume... Read more

Price:

Recent recommendations: 1 recommendations

Platforms: MacWinLinux
Deployments: Cloud, On premise
Business Size:
Learn More

Microsoft SQL Server - BI Edition

Microsoft SQL Server Business Intelligence (BI) Edition is a database management and BI software solution designed for companies of all sizes. The system offers relational database management, which allows users to access enterprise... Read more

Platforms: MacWinLinux
Deployments: Cloud, On premise
Business Size:
Learn More

Tableau

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

Platforms: MacWinLinux
Deployments: Cloud, On premise
Business Size:
Learn More

Buyer's guide


Last Updated: April 17, 2019

Cleanliness is next to godliness, as the old saying goes, and this holds true for data and information as much as it does for human beings. As a business, you rely on your data to be correct, complete and up-to-date, so you can make the right decisions. Thus, it can be disastrous for you if that data is inaccurate.

However, given the vast quantities of data that flow in and out of the modern business, it's impossible to ask a human being, or even an entire team, to monitor your data and check for problems, gaps and inconsistencies. Only data cleaning tools can scour your database for these sorts of issues and automatically replace, modify or delete the flawed data.

This buyer's guide will explain what data cleaning tools are, explore their common features and point to some of the bigger issues your business should be concerned about when selecting the right data cleaning software for you.

Here's what we'll cover:

What Are Data Cleaning Tools?
Data Cleaning vs. Data Validating
Common Features of Data Cleaning Tools
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Key Considerations

What Are Data Cleaning Tools?

Success in business, and in business intelligence, relies on information—who has it, what they do with it and how good it is. Your business is only as strong as the quality of its data, so you should analyze your past and present successes in order to replicate them in the future, while simultaneously exploring what went wrong with your failures in order to avoid recreating them.

However, not all data is created equal. Generally, your data comes in the form of a record set, table or database, and each of those is equally likely to have a variety of incorrect, inconsistent or duplicate data points. This can be caused by a multitude of issues, including user entry and corruption of the file while in transmission or in storage. Whatever the reason it exists, though, that bad data needs to go.

That's where data cleaning tools come in. These software systems will scan through your information and find the data which stands out as being problematic. Depending on the system and your preferences, you can either have that data automatically scrubbed or replaced, or you can just have it flagged for manual review and updating.

Data cleaning can take a variety of forms:

  • Finding and removing typographical errors
  • Checking and validating entries against a list of known entities
  • Enhancing the data with extra, related information
  • Standardization and harmonization of data, so that all data uses the same standards of codes, measurements, and words
  • Cross-checking with a validated data set

Data Cleaning vs. Data Validation

Though they can sometimes be mistakenly used interchangeably, there's an important distinction between data cleaning and data validation:

  • Data cleaning. As discussed above, data cleaning takes an existing set of data (a table, record set, database etc.) and scans through it to search for certain specified errors, inconsistencies and blank spots.
  •   
  • Data validation. Data validation is performed at the time of data entry. It is not something that is performed on data that is already at hand, but rather ensures that the data will not need to be cleaned at a later date by validating it as it is originally entered.

Common Features of Data Cleaning Tools

Data profiling Scan through your data to find patterns, missing values, character sets and other important data value characteristics. Through creating this profile, the software will then know what sticks out as being incorrect or problematic, in comparison.
Data elimination Mapped against the profile created by going through the data, as well as against a validated list of known entities, the software will rid your database of duplicate data, bad entries and incorrect information.
Data transformation Working hand-in-hand with data elimination, this will take bad data and transform it into good data by correcting typos, standardizing/harmonizing data, converting values and normalizing numeric values to conform to minimum and maximum values.
Data standardization Scan through your data and put it all into a common format that you've selected (for example, taking Imperial system measurements and standardizing them to the Metric System) so that large amounts of data can be more easily analyzed.
Data harmonization Similar to data standardization, this will take data from a variety of sources and put them into a common format. This will allows both users and automated data analytics tools to be able to compare, review and analyze data that comes from more than one source.
Data enhancement This is a feature of more robust data cleaning tools, which will allow the software to connect information across databases in order to add related information to the entries it is scanning (such as adding addresses to a list of names).

 

Data quality dashboard on data analytics tool Halo

Data quality dashboard on data analytics tool Halo

What Type of Buyer Are You?

No matter the size or scale of your business, you're likely relying on some kind of databas