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+ 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 […]


10+ Free Social Network Analysis Tools

Cuttlefish runs on UNIX systems and employs many well known layout algorithms for visualization. It supports interactive manipulation of layout and process visualization. Cytoscape is used for social network, biological, semantic web and general network analysis. It supports Apps which extend the functionality in areas such as new layouts, file format support and scripting. A very sophisticated […]


10 Enterprise Customer Analytics Solutions

All these solutions to customer analytics are fit for large scale enterprise needs. 11Ants Analytics solution is specific to retail, the rest address multiple industries. Here is a very brief summary of these offerings with a rating for overall quality (11Ants is excluded from ratings because of its vertical focus): Agilis   – lots of experience with […]


10+ MySQL Reporting Tools

These tools fall into two broad camps – business intelligence suites where reporting is a major component, and tools that are specifically aimed at reporting. Also many of them are free. BIRT (free BI suite) is an open source software project that provides the BIRT technology platform to create data visualizations and reports that can […]

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


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, […]


Chartio Review

Chartio seems to successfully straddle ‘ease of use’ requirements and the ability to perform sophisticated analysis if required. A drag and drop interface is used to create charts and dashboards, and for many users this will be sufficient. However it also supports a query mode for more complex, ad hoc queries, and an extensive library […]


Semantria Review

Semantria’s cloud-based sentiment analysis API is powered by Lexalytics Salience (a highly regarded text analytics engine), and applies Text and Sentiment Analysis to tweets, facebook posts, surveys, reviews or enterprise content. It is the only Text and Sentiment Analysis solution for Excel and features entity extraction, categorization and sentiment analysis. All features are available in […]