Top 5 BI tools and services

The progression of Business Intelligence (BI)  has become highly dramatic in the last couple of  years. BI has become inevitable to industries to increase both analysis and operational capabilities. To achieve best results, organizations should deploy right tools that can provide reliable information and true insights. Business Intelligence tools helps an enterprise to better understand the business trends and act accordingly to improve business process. Selecting a wrong tool can some times create serious impact. Be precise in selecting the right tool for your BI process. Here is our list of top BI tools.

Top BI ToolsSAS Business Intelligence : SAS is the leader in data analysis. It offers integrated and flexible SAS analytics capabilities that include statistics, predictive analytics, data and text mining, forecasting, and optimization. The SAS Intelligence Platform combines advanced SAS analytics, high-speed processing of large amounts of data, and easy-to-use query and reporting tools. The result is accurate and reliable, that helps to make right decisions.

Congos: It is IBM’s business intelligence and performance management software suite. It is developed for all types of users. Those who don’t have any technical knowledge can also extract corporate data, analyze it and assemble reports easily with Congos. It’s BI capabilities like reporting, analysis and dash boarding are delivered through a web-based service-oriented architecture (SOA) • Microsoft BI : Built on the powerful Microsoft SQL Server platform, Microsoft Business Intelligence solutions can help an enterprise to access timely, relevant and accurate information to drive better decision making. It enables better data storage and management, quick information delivery and clear and efficient reporting and analysis. • Qlikview : It is a comprehensive business application and is a popular option for businesses looking for turning data into knowledge. It helps it users to easily consolidate, search and visually analyze all their data for right business decisions. It brings a whole new level of analysis, insight and value to existing data stores with user interfaces that are clean, simple and straightforward. • SAP Business Intelligence: SAP BI solutions is a popular option for businesses looking to better manage and analyze its data. It simplify data manipulation, allowing users to access, navigate, analyze, format, and share information across a corporate environment. SAP BI solutions offer a wide range of processes, from search and navigation to advanced analytics, enterprise query, reporting and analysis, dashboards and visualization, and information infrastructure management. There isn’t a best three or five for that matter, it depends on so many factors, who are the users, who are the developers what is the infrastructure how much data is there, what is the budget. There are a lot of very good products out there but the best for you will not be the best for somebody else. Many tools to fit many different needs. The question is do you want to invest in a platform which does almost everything for your specific requirement. We at Stylus follow Business Intelligence suite of services to deliver recommended steps of action and carry bottom-line for enabling our clients best results. Talk to us to know in detail. (All trademarks used belong to their respective owners)

The future of reporting

Most web applications built on Java or .Net have built in reports that allow the key stakeholders to see how the application behaves with respect to their goals and KPIs. Traditionally these reports are defined with the software requirements and are manually coded in.

But all this is about to change in ways that can cause wide impact. Over the last few years, Microsoft has been deliberately building up their Business Intelligence services into their MS SQL server software. I believe that these services will make Microsoft SQL server the database of choice for small and midsize companies. Why? Because of two main reasons:

a) With these services, Microsoft, which has traditionally been a strong contender in the SME segment, has effectively combined a transactional database and data warehouse into one server. This has significant implications with respect to both, cost of licenses, and the IT infrastructure that is required (both in terms of hardware and people). Now customers don’t have to spend on expensive BI tool licenses such as Cognos, Web focus, etc. when they come to Stylus as Stylus uses MS SQL database server for all customer’s applications and SSIS, SSAS, SSRS all come as free add on services with MS SQL enterprise edition.

b) Secondly and more importantly it allows for the creation of what we call the “intelligent business applications”. These are applications that not only have clear linkages to one or more business level KPIs, but they also allow the business users to do their own analysis and create their own reports. If customers already have existing applications built with MS SQL and require further customization, Stylus is well equipped to handle it, as it understands the advantages of MS SQL over the other BI tools available. To illustrate our expertise, please click here, to learn how healthcare BI services developed by Stylus can help improve a hospital’s operations, productivity and profitability.

But has this been a core feature of any BI solutions in the past? Yes, but the important thing to note here is that this will become (IMHO) an integral part of every software application that comes out in the near future (at the very least, that will be the case for every software we make at Stylus). BI will no longer be a separate technology with it’s own army of high priests (read Data warehousing experts) and prophets (read BI analysts) but an essential component of every software application that the business will use, be it ERP, CRM, MIS etc. In addition with minimal extra work, users will be able to quickly connect these individual KPIs (from separate applications) into Performance Management Dashboards that give a quick view of not just their performance but the Performance of the area of the business they are responsible for.

Now if that isn’t change you can believe in, I don’t know what is.