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Nine of the best BI and analytics software tools for enterprises

Scott Carey | June 27, 2016
As companies look to release their big data, companies like Qlik and Tableau are offering powerful self-serve analytics platforms

Crimson Hexagon charges according to 'monitors,' which are topics you are analysing, with the smallest package at 20 monitors, which can be exchanged once a campaign ends, for example.

7. Alteryx

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Alteryx positions itself as the "analytics platform for business analysts". This means the products are built towards allowing analysts to pull together data and insight and deliver reports quickly.

The primary tool is called Designer. This is a toolkit that combines data preparation, blending and analytics from across a variety of data sources, including spatial data, to simplify workflows. It also opens up R-based predictive analytics to analysts with no coding skills via a drag and drop tool. There is a simple tool for report generation and these can subsequently be exported to a variety of formats or platforms, including: Microsoft Excel, ESRI, XML, PDF, Tableau, and Qlik.

Alteryx also offers an on-premise solution called server which is built for sharing and collaboration, and a cloud based product called Analytics Gallery which is centred around deploying analytics applications.

Alteryx designer is priced at $3,995 (£2,795) per user per year for a three year subscription, or $5,194 (£3,600) per user per year for one year, with spatial data and desktop automation available as add-ons.

8. SAS


Analytics software maker SAS provides a self-serve solution called Visual Analytics. Similar to Qlik and Splunk this is built out from a user-friendly, powerful in-memory analytics platform that can plug into a variety of data sources, including social media sentiment or data stored in Hadoop.

Business users can create interactive reports to share with the rest of their organisation over the web, via mobile applications or integrate them directly into Microsoft applications using SAS Office Analytics.

The advantage of going with SAS is the various add-ons available through their large portfolio of analytics products, such as SAS Cloud, or it can be deployed on top of existing hardware, either on-premises or in the cloud, and existing databases.

SAS doesn't shout about its enterprise grade features as much as rival products but centralised IT administration tools and user authentication for data governance come as standard.

Pricing for enterprise-sized solutions are only available on a bespoke basis by going direct to the SAS sales team.

9. Tibco

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Tibco's self-serve analytics platform Spotfire is available to enterprise customers through its Platform product for organisations.

Spotfire pulls together data from across the business and is able to present historical and real-time data on one unified platform. This data can then be broken down and analysed in a whole range of ways: interactive visualisation, diagnostic analytics, data augmentation, predictive analytics and location based insights, to name a few.


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