Comparing Top Business Intelligence Platforms, Tools and Software

Comparing Top Business Intelligence Platforms, Tools and Software

The lines used to define solution categories in the enterprise are beginning to blur. Technologies once considered staples in business intelligence and data analytics software are no longer adequate in the age of big data. As a result, the solution providers have had to shift their focus and develop tools that meet the needs of organizations dealing with increasingly large data volumes.

Cue the process of seeking out, evaluating, choosing, purchasing, and deploying a BI solution. There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to business intelligence. Solutions come in a variety of flavors—ranging from reporting and data visualization to predictive and advanced analytics, and now, all the way to data science and machine learning. Each features a particular set of capabilities, strengths, and drawbacks. Choosing the right vendor and solution is a complicated process—one that requires in-depth research and often comes down to more than just the solution and its technical capabilities.

Here at Solutions Review, it’s our job to help simplify that process. To that end, we’ve created a variety of buyer resources and articles to speed the evaluation of enterprise technology solutions. In our Business Intelligence Buyer’s Guide, we offer readers a full BI market overview. This includes company and product profiles and best use cases for the top-28 providers, ten questions for prospective BI buyers, and our bottom line analysis.

Pair this with Solutions Review’s online directory of BI and data analytics vendors, platforms and software solutions. It includes an abbreviated overview, contact information and links to each company’s social media handles for the top-28 business intelligence providers. If you would like a printed version of this page including complete solutions profiles and a list of the top questions to ask in an RFP, click here for a free PDF.

Solutions Review also offers a Business Intelligence Buyer’s Matrix, a graphical side-by-side comparison of the top-28 BI tools. It’s our most popular resource to date, and offers five feature and benefit category views so buyers can gain a better understand of their options before sitting down to a formal meeting with a BI vendor.

Our coverage of this marketplace is rounded out by our Business Intelligence Factbook. Our newest resource provides buyers with a high-altitude snapshot of the space, featuring a directory listing of the best BI tools with vital data on each company’s maturity, longevity, business model, size, geographic reach, user base, notable clients, and financials. Readers can toggle between each vendor to gain a simplistic view if just beginning their search, or help them decide between a final shortlist of potential tools.

BI vendors covered in our suite of buyer’s resources include Alteryx, Birst, BOARD International, ClearStory Data, Datameer, Domo, Exago, GoodData Hitachi Vantara (Pentaho), IBM, icCube, Information Builders, Logi Analytics, Looker, Microsoft (Power BI), MicroStrategy, Oracle, Phocas Software, Pyramid Analytics, Qlik, SAP, SAS, Sisense, Tableau, TARGIT, ThoughtSpot, TIBCO Software, Yellowfin, and Zoomdata.

If you’re in the beginning process of buying your first business intelligence solution, or if you’re looking for something a little different than what you already have, we hope this is the perfect resource to get you started along the decision-making process.

Timothy King
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Timothy King

Lead Editor, Data & Analytics at Solutions Review
Timothy covers BI and data analytics at Solutions Review. He is a recognized thought leader and influencer in the enterprise middleware space. Timothy has also been named a top-75 global business journalist by Richtopia.
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