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20+ Cloud BI Platforms

Many of these cloud BI platforms do very similar things – dashboards, charts, reporting, data consolidation. A few however are somewhat different. Datapine is one of the easiest to use and is an extremely productive platform. FICO Analytic Cloud goes well beyond the usual features and include statistics, data mining and optimization – all in […]

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Actian Review

Positioning: Actian knows a thing or two about big data, and for over thirty years has provided database management systems that consistently outperform most of the competitors. And so when big data became fashionable Actian already had a head start, and has become the bedrock of big data analytics in many large corporations. While most […]

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The Business of Big Data in Under 5 Minutes

The economic driver – rapidly falling data acquisition costs (from web sites, customer feedback, social data etc), and so we accumulate much more data for a lower cost. Big data addresses data volumes, data variety and data processing speeds. Any one of these will qualify, and so big data does not have to be ‘big’! […]

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Big Data Analytics Strategy

    The starting point in a big analytics strategy has to be business need. This means that management has identified areas of business activity that might benefit from more accurate and efficient decisions. As such there is a need to coordinate investments so that these aims are achieved, with efforts to acquire relevant data, […]

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Big Analytics Case Studies

    From looking at various successful case studies where big analytics have been employed, it is clear that success depends on a good understanding and definition of the business problem, and the ability to embrace a wide variety of relevant data sources, which might be quite diverse in nature. Predictive models then need to […]

Popular Alternatives

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JasperReports Alternatives

Eclipse Birt BIRT (free BI suite) is an open source software project that provides the BIRT technology platform to create data visualizations and reports that can be embedded into rich client and web applications, especially those based on Java and Java EE. BIRT is a top-level software project within the Eclipse Foundation. Pentaho Community Pentaho […]

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Birt Alternatives

JasperReports JasperReports (free BI suite) Server is a stand-alone and embeddable reporting server. It provides reporting and analytics that can be embedded into a web or mobile application as well as operate as a central information hub for the enterprise by delivering mission critical information on a real-time or scheduled basis to the browser, mobile […]

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4 Pentaho Community Alternatives

Eclipse Birt BIRT (free BI suite) is an open source software project that provides the BIRT technology platform to create data visualizations and reports that can be embedded into rich client and web applications, especially those based on Java and Java EE. BIRT is a top-level software project within the Eclipse Foundation. JasperReports JasperReports (free […]

SAS BI vs Tableau

SAS BI is a wholly different beast to Tableau. SAS supplies arguably the most sophisticated analytics platform on the planet, should someone need that level of capability. However it is fairly top heavy, and not particularly easy to use. Tableau on the other hand is fairly limited in functionality, but very easy to use. They […]

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JReport Review

Summary: JReport from Jinfonet excels in embeddable reporting and data visualisation. It is used by some of the world’s largest businesses, typically to provide online reporting facilities to customers, but is also used in many businesses to provide information directly to employees and partners. At the current time, around two thirds of Jinfonet’s business comes […]

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Domo Review

Summary: Domo is a cloud BI solution that is targeted at larger businesses, and majors on ease-of-use, social sharing of information and transparent access to diverse data sources. The actual analytic capability is on a par with most other offerings of this genre, but since the platform is geared toward business users the emphasis is […]

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Dataiku Review

Summary: Dataiku Data Science Studio (DSS) provides a productive data-to-production analytics workbench. Many of the time consuming steps that slow down analytic model production have been automated and streamlined, enabling skilled business analysts and data scientists to quickly prepare and understand data, build a model, and quickly integrate it into a production environment. Data scientists […]

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BigML Review

Summary: BigML is a cloud based machine learning platform with an easy to use graphical interface. It also provides simple mechanisms to incorporate predictive models into production applications through its REST API. The platform combines supervised learning (to build predictive models), unsupervised learning (to understand behavior), anomaly detection (used in fraud detection), data visualization tools […]