The Next BIG Thing

Prosperity is always driven by technology. No – it isn’t better management, financial management, control of money supply, or any of the things we think we have control over – it’s plain old technological innovation. If innovation stops, a business (or nation) perishes. And so we have witnessed the boom brought on by information technology, […]

Latest Software Lists


10+ Free Qualitative Data Analysis Software

AQUAD 7 is open-source freeware (according to the conditions of GNU GPL v.3). A full feature list of AQUAD 7 can be found on the informationen and features page. The recent version 7.3 allows to analyze all kinds of qualitative data: within the framework of the code-paradigm, along Boolean minimization to identify types and by […]


5+ Free OLAP Tools

Jedox Base is the free version of Jedox and comes with OLAP server and Excel add-in. Apart from multi-dimensional queries, data can be written back and consolidated in real-time. The Jedox server keeps all data in the cache for fast data access. APIs in Java, PHP, C/C++, or .NET can be used to integrate the Jedox […]


10+ Qualitative Data Analysis Software

QDA is a systematic approach to investigations during which numerical data is collected and/or the researcher transforms what is collected or observed into numerical data. It often describes a situation or event, answering the ‘what’ and ‘how many’ questions you may have about something. This is research which involves measuring or counting attributes (i.e. quantities). […]


10+ Cloud BI Platforms

The benefits of cloud based BI are obvious. Minimum set up time, no up front investment, reduced operational costs and no upgrade disruptions. The cloud BI solutions listed below vary enormously in capability, but depending on need it may be that simpler solutions might be preferable. In any case the products in this cloud BI […]

Popular Alternatives

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 […]


5+ Alternatives to Tableau Desktop and Server

Tableau Desktop and Server provide individual and enterprise data visualization platforms. It is not the most sophisticated platform and can run out of steam for more demanding requirements. Here are several alternatives worth considering. QlikView BI platform has the ability to be all things to all people, and will satisfy business users, developers and enterprise needs. […]


5+ Alternatives to SAP Business Objects

SAP Business Objects is a natural, albeit expensive, choice for many SAP users. However there are alternatives and the list below is a good selection of candidates, with suitability implied in the order – although individual requirements obviously vary. IBM Cognos is a large, sprawling suite of BI tools and infrastructure best suited to the needs […]

4 Alternatives to IBM Cognos

While IBM Cognos comes in various shapes and sizes depending on the needs and size of the organization, in reality the BI and analytics platform is best suited to large corporations – other, and possibly better options exist for many other businesses. One only has to consider the modules offered under the Cognos umbrella to […]

New Reviews


InfoCaptor Review

InfoCaptor is available through the cloud, or can be installed locally – in both cases it provides a browser interface. Technically this is a very competent offering, with a bewildering number of chart types, and the facility to easily create and distribute dashboards. The drag and drop interface means business users can create their own, […]


Kylin OLAP Review

Kylin is an open source Distributed Analytics Engine from eBay Inc offering a different kind of OLAP, and specifically OLAP that works on very large data sets (10+ billion rows of data). It seems the product overcomes many of the problems associated with traditional OLAP models. MOLAP (Multi-dimensional OLAP) is to pre-compute data along different […]


Microstrategy Cloud BI Review

Microstrategy Cloud BI is one of the premier enterprise cloud BI solutions. It delivers all the functionality of the Microstrategy BI platform, but without the infrastructure and operational costs. In fact with its BI, analytics and data integration capabilities it will provide a complete analytics solution for many organisations (and Microstratgy also supports the deployment […]


Birst Cloud BI Review

It’s going to be difficult for any supplier to offer more cloud BI capability than Birst. This is truly an enterprise class cloud BI solution with extensive reporting, charting and dashboard tools, combined with a sophisticated data management and integration layer. This includes powerful ETL tools and an analytical data warehouse in the cloud. Data […]


Oracle Cloud BI Review

Users looking for an enterprise class cloud BI solution should take a look at Oracle Cloud BI Services. It offers some essential features missing in many other products, and particularly a separate staging environment before solutions are put into production, a robust metadata layer, and a level of inbuilt intelligence with recommended visualisations for queries. As […]


BIME Review

BIME is truly a contemporary business analytics platform. By this we mean it connects with a wide range of data sources – internal and external, it offers a very easy to use interface, supports extensive collaboration and does all the things that might be expected of a BI solution. All the usual charts are supported, […]