What is Predictive Analytics?

Predictive analytics is concerned with the analysis of historical data to discover patterns of behaviour which might be useful in the future. The classic example is credit checking, and trying to establish who will, and who won’t be a good credit risk in the future based on the analysis of historical data. Predictive analytics is […]

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5+ Map Visualisation Tools

ArcGIS for Desktop from ESRI allows data to be shown on maps, but it also supports the management of data, analysis and the modelling and automation of workflows. There are many tools to support spatial analysis, and many data sources can be accommodated (more than 70 formats). Geographic, tabular, metadata and organisation tools are also provided. […]


5+ Free Mac Statistics Software Packages

G*Power is a tool to compute statistical power analyses for many different t tests, F tests, χ2 tests,z tests and some exact tests. G*Power can also be used to compute effect sizes and to display graphically the results of power analyses. MacAnova has many capabilities but its strengths are analysis of variance and related models, matrix algebra, time series analysis (time and […]

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


Linguasys Review

Linguasys primarily satisfies the need to process text in multiple languages – and by multiple we mean English, Arabic, Chinese, German, French, Hebrew, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Spanish, Pashto, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Thai, Vietnamese, Urdu and others under development. This may well be unique in the world of natural language processing, and is possible because all […]


Birst Review

Birst offers a complete BI ecosystem, delivered as SaaS and if necessary as a software appliance within the organisation. Great emphasis is placed on various data storage mechanisms (data warehouse, ROLAP) and sophisticated ETL capability. The emphasis seems to be on getting stuff into their ecosystem rather than getting it out, and so there would […]


JReport Review

JReport is a disarmingly straightforward BI environment capable of addressing the needs of large and medium size organizations. It is well regarded for the flexibility of the architecture and its support for the embedding of BI components into mainstream applications. Ease of use features high, and the ad-hoc reporting environment is both powerful and highly […]