The Best Business Intelligence Tools For Analytics

The Best Business Intelligence Tools For Analytics
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Anirban Chakraborty

Published on February 16, 2017


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Business intelligence tools help an organization analyze huge chunks of data; they provide insights with actionable recommendations.

Most of the detailed insights regarding a product or a report of a particular behavior are in fact a result of analytics conducted on huge chunks of back data.

Organizations, big or small, sense the importance of analytics as it plays a vital role in helping the management to take the best strategic steps. Analytics reports reveal how well the products are doing in the real-world, shows the trends, and defines the progress with respect to time, place, and other significant criteria.

 

A detailed analysis of a product reflects the health of a product, gauges its demand in the market, recommends opportunities for expansion, reveals the cause behind low sales, projects the spike in sales with a promotional campaign, and suggests actionable insights that can boost the sales of a product.

Organizations are placing a lot of emphasis on the importance of using software and tools that can dissect data efficiently and deliver reliable and accurate analysis of the data chunk.

Business intelligence tools are specifically customized software applications that can read, decipher data, and come up with insights using raw data files. The objective of analyzing and collating the data is to web it all together to showcase a pattern and visually present a trend on how the product is doing.

Smart tools for sassy outputs

While picking the best business intelligence tools for analytical reports, it’s imperative to consider choosing tools and applications that would benefit your customers, employees, and all departments concerned with Analytics. When you have a great tool, you will have the attention of your customers; the employees will also be actively interested to venture further and come up with interesting insights.

Software and tools that have a great interactive interphase and outputs that are aesthetically pleasing will evoke the interest of the viewer.

Enterprises have a massive reservoir of data at their fingertips; the task is to filter the relevant information and project an analysis over a given timeframe. Here are some of the most preferred business analytics tools used for business analysis.

TABLEAU

Tableau’s graphical representations are quite interactive and aesthetically pleasing. It is an analytics platform that places a great deal of emphasis on data visualization. Tableau provides reports that are creative and that use attractive design templates and animations, resulting in outputs that are visually appealing and easily palatable upon a single glance.

Users can either use the service online or through their Tableau Platform Service. Tableau has a wide range of data sources to pick from, and its data visualization seeps into its administrative tools as well.

Here is a video that introduces you to Tableau. Take a look at the short vedio to see the benefits of taking up this course.

 

Qlik

In the world of data visualization, Qlik is an established name and enjoys a great reputation for astounding outputs. The tool is famous for its interactive data visualizations and is popular among all contenders in the world of Analytics and Business Intelligence. Depending on your requirements, Qlik offers varied services, ranging from simple reports to complex analytics-guided platforms to tools that allow external data feeds. Qlik Sense is one of the products that offer self-serve solutions; it is primarily a visualization tool that is intuitive and uses the drag and drop methodology.

Splunk

 Splunk is an established name in the analytics space and is arguably the eminent market leader. One of the services, “Hunk,” offers self-serve solutions; it generates graphs, charts, dashboards, and data visualizations from Hadoop Data lakes. Hunk is quite compatible with various platforms and is often preferred over the others for its compelling data visualizations and aesthetically pleasing graphical outputs.

Trillium

 Data quality is of prime importance, especially when you are a self-serving analytics team and the range of data sources is always on the rise. Instead of dedicating several months just to consolidate and clean up the data, Trillium assures the completion of analysis within a time span of 30 days.

Trillium, a leading BI tool, is popular. It offers two products dedicated to data quality control: Refine and Prepare. Both these products are programmed to sync distinct data sources and pool them all together into a single repository.

Refine goes a step further to polish and form a clean dataset; it eliminates conflicting entries and incomplete records. For fascinating data visualizations, the data set can then be fed into Tableau or Qlik view, as Trillium partners with both these platforms.

Logi Analytics

Initially set up to function as an application development platform, Logi has now evolved into a data visualization and a self-service analytics platform. Logi provides you with the infrastructure to fully customize the front-end self-service data analysis and visualization.

The effect BI tools have on Analysis

These are among the top BI tools that are out in the market; equally competent ones are being rolled out every day. Business intelligence tools are in great demand, and they solve many issues faced by organizations. The tools are designed to digest massive chunks of data to decipher and provide an impressive, visually appealing, and aesthetically pleasing graphical representation of the trend in a given time frame.

The world of innovation and development constantly produces BI tools. The creative streak involved in developing themes for the final output has no limits. With data visualizations and aesthetically pleasing graphical representations taking center stage, there is massive scope for innovation and evolution of BI tools.

Organizations are making a conscious move away from software architecture and design to more user-friendly applications. Businesses in the BI market are concentrating on building a better interface with the end users to appeal to the viewers at a larger scale.

The best business intelligence tools are out there in the market to help your product showcase a trend that is not just accurate and well thought out but that also has an aesthetically pleasing element. BI tools are in the limelight as companies release their big data. In tandem, evolutionary firms like Tableau and Qlik offer powerful self-serve analytics platforms.

The world of analytics is looking forward to embracing and partnering with platforms that produce an output that has inbuilt features to decipher their massive chunks of data and produce graphs that represent the trends and plot the data in an artistic manner as well.

About the Author

In a career span of 8+ years, I have held roles of multidimensional responsibilities and complexities. I have served renowned brands like Vodafone, American Express and Bank of American different domains of expertise ranging from HR Analytics, Data Strategy & Insights, Data Analytics etc.


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