create added value
with self-service BI
and data analytics
The data-driven organisation uses a modern self-service business intelligence tool to represent data in a readily understandable way, so the message is clearly received by the recipient. Self-service BI provides users with intuitive dashboards, so they can dig into the data and find answers to questions instead of needing to request a new report and potentially waiting several days just to get on with the job. Last but not least, the right BI tools allow users to run advanced analyses without needing to know how to write code.
Thus, it is important to find the right BI tool for your organisation’s users and needs. Naturally, we recommend that you consult an experienced business partner, so you can make sure your data-driven needs are satisfied and you get the most out of your investment.
before you choose
a BI tool
A modern business intelligence tool makes business intelligence and data actionable since key performance indicators and business objectives become visible to the recipients in the course of their everyday work. The data-driven organisation takes data visualisation seriously and adjusts the content of dashboards for, e.g., sales, manufacturing or management so each dashboard supports the business objectives. At the same time, the organisation’s analysts get the chance to work with advanced analyses without tedious data prep and Excel formulas that take up their time, or even worse, become a roadblock for the analytical work. In order to make the right choices, you have got to understand and identify the commercial challenges as well as the current and future needs that BI tools can help you solve.
We recommend that you always check out at least two BI tools so you can make the most rational choice. And we are always ready to offer professional advice to help you make the right choice.
get help with
Choosing the right front-end for a business intelligence project is all about thorough preparation. Through a structured process, we guide our customers and ensure that their investment is compatible with their current and anticipated future needs.
With this in mind, we have developed Inspari Front-End Evaluation, so we can determine exactly which BI tool best suits your organisation. Once we’ve recommended a specific tool, we carry out an in-depth evaluation where we test the product with live data. We assess and rate BI tools and their functions on an ongoing basis with respect to the following main categories:
- Analytical options
- Non-functional requirements
- Customer-specific requirements
- Extraction and data model development
- BI infrastructure
- Ad hoc queries
We work with the top three market-leading software vendors. We can therefore provide candid advice without any conflicts of interest. The process of selecting a BI front-end tool can either be in connection with a project that calls for a new BI solution or a new project that draws on an existing BI solution. At times, it may be in regard to a solution that hasn’t spread and taken root throughout the whole organisation whereas, at other times, it may be in response to the need for a more user-friendly tool.
The business intelligence and data analytics tools that both we and the Gartner Group recommend for data-driven organisations are listed below.
Tableau provides best practice visualisation in an intuitive self-service tool. The software provides analysts and business users with easy access to any data source and the option of creating ad hoc analyses, dashboards and powerful visualisations.
Microsoft Power BI is a part of Microsoft’s cloud technology in Office 365. The software offers visual dashboards and analyses in the familiar Microsoft environment, which provides users with easy access to data analysis using different data sources and services. Power BI offers users a self-service tool for robust data visualisation.
QlikView is a visualisation tool that creates a vast company-wide “library” with easy access to business data. The user can extract valuable information from the data, follow up on predefined KPIs and navigate freely within a defined framework that’s customised for individual user groups with regard to the data and the design.
Qlik Sense is a browser-based, responsive tool that can run analyses based on multiple data sources and present them in a visually stunning manner – without users needing to have any prior experience with visualisation tools. Qlik Sense supports good corporate governance when it comes to its self-service features and corporate reporting.
Alteryx is designed for analysts who need to analyse unstructured data. Skip the tedious manual data prep process and let Alteryx do the heavy ETL lifting. The quicker your data is ready, the faster you can create, e.g. geospatial or statistical analyses combined with data from the internet.