Enterprises are dealing with vast amounts of data about their customers, prospects, internal business processes, suppliers, partners and competitors. To transform this data into actionable information that can help increase revenue, profitability and business efficiency, many organizations are turning to BI analytics tools. Although the BI tools market might be considered mature, it's constantly evolving to address the changing analytics needs of today's organizations.
Unfortunately, there's no one-size-fits-all BI analytics tool, and deciding which software to buy shouldn't be based on the product with the most features. Rather, organizations should determine which tool enables the types of analysis your users need and will use.
This buyer's guide examines the three categories of BI analytics tools -- guided analysis and reporting, self-service BI and analysis, and advanced analytics -- and the BI tool styles and capabilities they support. We will help you identify and classify your analytical needs, as well as examine some business use cases for which these BI analytics tools are optimized. In addition, we will help you determine your must-have and nice-to-have features, so you can create a shortlist of BI analytics tools that are the best fit for your organization.
To help you further narrow down your list of potential BI analytics products, this guide compares 12 of the leading BI analytics products on the market today and provides overviews that examine the items central to the decision-making process.
A look at the three categories of BI analytics tools
An understanding of BI tool categories and styles will help you match your analytical needs with the appropriate tools.
Business intelligence analytics tools can leverage data and convert it to actionable information that can benefit organizations. Continue Reading
2Do I need?-
A business case for BI analytics tools
There are several key data or analytical characteristics that need to be considered when creating your BI business use cases.
Before selecting a BI analytics tool, you should create BI use cases and then match those requirements with BI analytics tool categories and styles. Continue Reading
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3How to buy-
What to look for when buying a BI analytics tool
Selecting the BI analytics tool that's right for your organization involves gathering and prioritizing your BI requirements and identifying your must-have features.
Expert Rick Sherman has advice for organizations trying to settle on BI analytics tools: Figure out which features are must-haves, versus nice-to-haves. Continue Reading
4Which should I buy?-
Comparing the top BI analytics products
Which BI analytics tool should you buy for your organization? Take a look at our comparison of the top 12 vendors in the market and review the pros and cons of their products.
Deciding which BI analytics tool to buy shouldn't be based on the product with the most features but on the tool that best supports the needs of your business users. Continue Reading
5Top BI analytics tools vendors-
BI analytics tools product overviews
These overviews examine the features, available editions, licensing costs and support for the 12 top BI analytics tools in today's market.
Centralized BI and IT teams can use Birst to connect with decentralized teams on the business side. Learn more about the BI and predictive analytics tool. Continue Reading
The latest version of IBM Cognos Business Intelligence is managed by IT but provides end users with a simplified setup and deployment. Continue Reading
The Information Builders WebFOCUS platform includes several BI analytics tools that users can leverage to perform predictive analytics, statistical modeling and big data analytics. Continue Reading
Microsoft Power BI SaaS analytics lets users view their most critical data via a live dashboard, create interactive reports and access their data on the go. Continue Reading
Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite enables users to access information through interactive dashboards, search and mobile devices. Continue Reading
SAS Visual Analytics software provides self-service BI and reporting capabilities aimed at helping non-technical users identify meaningful patterns and relationships in data. Continue Reading
Tableau helps users of all technical skill levels quickly analyze, visualize and share data with colleagues so they can make data-driven decisions. Continue Reading