The top applications for accessing and analysing business information to make better decision and improve business outcomes
CIOs have access to an enormous quantity of
business information, and a wide variety of Business Intelligence (BI) apps available to analyse it.
We run through the best
BI software for using the data at your fingertips to leave insights in your hands.
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March 22, 2017
1. Best BI apps for CIOs: Tableau
Tableau Desktop combines interactive dashboards, content tracking, live visualisations and integration with existing infrastructures. It costs $999 (£800) per user for the "Personal" package and $1,999 (£1,600) for the "Professional" version.
Two complimentary products to publish and share the data are also available: T ableau Server, which starts at $10,000 (£8,000) for 10 users, and a cloud-hosted version called Tableau Online, available for $500 (£401) per user per year. [Read next: ] 8 ways CIOs can get the most out of business intelligence data
2. Best BI apps for CIOs: MicroStrategy
Usability is often an issue with BI apps. Not so for
MicroStrategy, which is renowned for emphasising ease of use for the sophisticated functions it incorporates across desktop, web and mobile applications.
version of the data discovery tool called MicroStrategy Desktop can be downloaded for free. The more advanced web and mobile versions cost $600 (£480) per user or $300,000 (£241,000) per CPU core. [Read next: ] 10 mobile business intelligence apps for employee's iOS and Android devices
3. Best BI apps for CIOs: Qlik
Qlik stocks a trio of BI products. Qlik Sense blends personalised visualisations and reports via dashboards available in either free desktop and basic cloud editions or an Enterprise version that costs $1,500 (£1,204) for unlimited use by one user or for 10 timed passes. The company also sells QlikView for importing and exploring data and Qlik DataMarket for finding, connecting and managing data from external sources. Both are available in free personal editions and paid-for enterprise alternatives. Contact the sales team for pricing.
4. Best BI apps for CIOs: Microsoft Power BI
suite of business analytics tools on the market is Microsoft launched as an Excel-based product for Office 365 in September 2014. Power BI, which Features available in both the free and $9.99 (£8) per user per month pro edition include SQL Server Analysis Services on-premises and Azure Analysis Services in the cloud and in-app interactive reports with the Power BI Embedded services.
5. Best BI apps for CIOs: Cognos Analytics
IBM's next generation BI software uses intent-driven guidance and automates the creation of reports and dashboards to help business professionals create and visualise content and achieve faster results. The cost of Cognos Analytics ranges from $12,000 (£9,600) for a fully-functional and supported proof-of-concept version to $232,200 (£187,364) for an enterprise edition for 150 or more users per year.
6. Best BI apps for CIOs: SAP BusinessObjects
The SAP enterprise reporting tool flexible and scalable information infrastructure. BusinessObjects platform provides ad-hoc reporting and analysis for Web, desktop and mobile devices. It offers data collection from different sources, robust built-in security and a BusinessObjects is available in a number of payment plans and flexible financing options that SAP will explain when contacted. The company also distributes a popular reporting tool known as Crystal Reports.
7. Best BI apps for CIOs: Pentaho
Pentaho includes big data tools and data integration from any source across a full suite of powerful custom analytics tools that can convert information into insights to guide decision-making.
A free 30-day trial of the entire product suite is can be downloaded for Windows, Linux, and MacOSX, while
the full version is available in a flexible pricing model. Contact Pentaho via their website for a quote.
8. Best BI apps for CIOs: Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE)
Oracle's BI offering features straightforward ad hoc query and analysis, a comprehensive suite of data visualisations, enterprise reporting and a scalable, multidimensional OLAP server.
The product includes rich interactive dashboards, Microsoft Office integration, a proactive alert engine and actionable intelligence to turn insights into actions. Contact Oracle for OBIEE pricing.
9. Best BI apps for CIOs: TIBCO
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TIBCO supplies two popular BI solutions.
Spotfire, which is purchased in 2007, is known as an intuitive and user-friendly data visualisation and analytics platform that quickly delivers self-service analysis.
In 2014, TIBCO extended its BI repertoire with the acquisition of
Jaspersoft. While Spotfire's greatest strengths are in visualising and analysing data, Jaspersoft is best known as a scalable and easily-deployed reporting tool. Free trials are on offer for both products. Contact TIBCO to find out the pricing plans for the full versions.
10. Best BI apps for CIOs: SAS
SAS emphasises the ease of use and the speed of insights from any data source in its BI tools, which streamline data preparation to provide comprehensible analysis across interactive visualisations.
The company offers
custom-tailored software solutions and flexible deployment on-site or on a hosted or public cloud. Contact SAS for a quote by phone or through their website, where free trials, online demos and e-learning are also offered.
11. Best BI apps for CIOs: SAS
SiSense was designed as a single agile tool to prepare, analyse and visualise all of an organisation's complex data.
The company claims to be the only vendor of BI software that offers a full proof of concept on a company's real data to fulfil an actual business need rather than using sample data to test it.
Data models from multiple sources can be created and managed through a user-friendly drag and drop function and viewed in interactive web dashboards. Contact the company online to request a price quote.