Business Intelligence Solutions

Many companies are seeking Business Intelligence(BI) to get a deep insight of their business data and for strategic decision making. Companies are investing and betting big on Data Warehousing(DW) and Business Intelligence Tools. Data Warehouse is a container stores data from multiple sources and transforms it into an understandable, multidimensional format that can be efficiently queried and analysed.

The Purpose

With the use of Business Intelligence tools, users can run complex queries on their Data Warehouse and analyze data in the form of detailed reports and data dashboards. The data fetched from Data Warehouse is highly accurate, meaningful and up-to date.
One can query vast amount of information with respect to Customers, Supply Chain, Inventories, Sales, Profit and Loss or any other Key Performance Indicator (KPI’s) of company’s core business.

The Process

DW system integrates data from different heterogeneous data sources and is uploaded from Transaction/Operation Systems- Sales, Marketing and ERP systems like SAP ECC, Business One or Microsoft Dynamics.
The common BI tool styles include:

  • Reports
  • Dashboards and scorecards
  • Corporate performance management
  • Spreadsheet integration
  • BI search

How BI 360 is integrated?

BI 360 suite provides excel based reporting software that can directly connect to different systems such as ERP, CRM and BI 360 Data Warehouse. This integration can help users derive consolidated financial, operational or other customer data reports.

 

Evaluation and Selection of right Business Intelligence(BI) Tool

The BI vendor landscape is highly disparate and competitive. There are over 100 odd players competing to capture the market. Added to this, there have been significant number of mergers and acquisitions that can confuse prospects and customers.

Following are few of the main factors considered to evaluate the most suitable BI tool for an organization:

  • Technology Consideration
  • Features and BI Reporting requirement
  • Licensing Cost and Expenditure
  • Usability
  • Performance
  • ETL and DW support
  • Online Community support
  • Vendor Support

Selecting the right BI Analytical tool that best suits your business requirement is a critical process for the success of any BI project. Most enterprise vendors or Titans as listed below provide the complete BI suite in a single product with features ranging from reporting to dashboard tools inclusive of DW and ETL solutions.
BI vendors can be mainly categorized into three groups:

Titans

These include market leaders IBM, SAP and Oracle, and they dominate many other technology markets who secured their top positions by acquiring the then market leaders about eight years ago — Cognos, Business Objects and Hyperion. These products are suitable for medium and large enterprises with vast amounts of data and advanced level BI reporting needs. For these products, company may employ a BI specialist to run the relevant data warehouse process and BI development as per the business requirements.

Specialists

This includes niche players like MicroStrategy, SAS and Information Builders. Niche products are easy to use and provide lot of ad-hoc reporting features to end users. Specialist vendor mainly focuses on usability of product and front-end features of the product.

Emerging players

These vendors are often disruptive and offer innovative features such as data discovery, data visualization and cloud BI. Tableau, QlikTech, TIBCO, Logi Analytics and Birst are some of the well-known vendors who belong to this pack. Typically, the licensing cost quoted by these vendors are cheaper as compared to other enterprise products.
Typically, most businesses often make the decision to select between Microsoft Power BI, BI 360 or SRSS BI tool. Ultimately, selection of the right tool bottles down to mapping the business requirements with the feature set of the tool. Click on the below tab to compare MS Power BI, BI 360 and SRSS tools.


Comparison of MS Power BI vs BI 360 vs SSRS

SRSS

SSRS is an enterprise Business Intelligence tool considered as traditional static tool for BI development with no feature of data visualization on unstructured data. SSRS is part of the SQL stack and a user goes through significant learning curve to develop BI reports. The business has to pay huge amount of license fee to build and run on the SQL Server.

Power BI

Power BI is part of the Microsoft Office 365 suite and is often considered the modern BI and data visualization tools for end users. One can easily create reports on Power BI just by dragging and dropping objects plus the data is stored on the cloud.
SSRS is mostly used for pixel perfect reporting and printing of reports while Power BI is mostly used to create amazing data visualizations and dashboards with minimal training.

Solver BI 360

Solver’s BI360 is a complete Business Intelligence (BI) and Corporate Performance Management (CPM) suite with reporting, budgeting and dashboard modules. The BI360 suite also offers a data warehouse to combine data sources that empowers all business users to derive self-service analytics reports. Solver BI 360 can help users create real time, elf serve reports that can aid in fast and efficient decision-making.

Detailed Comparison Metrics between Microsoft Power BI vs Solver BI 360 vs SSRS

Product Feature Microsoft Power BI Solver BI 360 SSRS
Product Info Microsoft Power BI converts company’s data into very attractive and comprehensible visuals, making it easy for you and your company gather information, organize and devise effective business strategies. Available on every device. With Solver BI360, companies and organizations are able to make effective business plans and schedules, create and execute viable budgets, and drive growth and revenue to optimum levels. SSRS is just one of the components in the Microsoft Business Intelligence (BI) platform. Combined, those components provide an excellent platform for enterprise data analysis.Other components include- SQL Server, SSAS, SSIS.
Dashboards Customizable Dashboard highly interactive Dashboards, good Average Dashboard features as compared to other tools
Reports Users can develop BI reports User can develop BI reports Mostly used for Pixel perfect reporting, learning time is high
Budgeting Not specific for budgeting Support Budgeting Not specific for budgeting
Datasets modification Yes, available Not much support Yes, available
Data Warehouse OLAP feature is supported Yes, includes DW system Requires additional tool to work as DW
Ad-hoc Analysis Easy to use, ad hoc analysis is supported Easy to use, support ad hoc analysis Create ad hoc reports and save them to the server
ERP/CRM suite Not Available  Available Separate Product, not included with SSRS
Licensing Cost Free, up to 1GB data capacity limitPower BI Pro – $9.99/user/month Solver BI360’s enterprise pricing details are available only upon request. Contact the company to learn more about the product, and ask for your quote. SSRS pricing details are available only upon request. Contact the company to learn more about the product, and ask for your quote.
Integration with Business Systems Microsoft Power BI integrates with the following business systems and applications:

  • Microsoft Dynamics
  • Salesforce
  • Google Analytics
  • Microsoft Excel
  • MailChimp
  • GitHub
  • comScore
  • Adobe Analytics
  • Acumatica
  • Circuit ID
  • Azure Mobile Management
Solver BI360 integrates with the following business systems and applications:

  • Microsoft Dynamics GP, NAV, AX, SL, CRM
  • D365 Operations
  • D365 Financials
  • Acumatica
  • Intacct
  • SAP B1
  • NetSuite
  • Sage 100
  • Sage 300
  • Sage 500
  • Sage X3
  • Salesforce
  • Any SQL Database
  • SAP HANA
SSRS integrates with the following business systems and applications:

  • Microsoft Dynamics
  • SAP Business Suite
  • SharePoint
  • SAP Business One
  • Sage X3
  • Sage CRM
  • Salesforce
  • Any SQL based database
  • SAP HANA
  • Other Common ERP systems
OS Supported Windows, iPhone/iPad, Android, Windows Mobile, Web Based Windows, Mac Windows, iPhone/iPad, Android, Windows Mobile, Web Based
Client Type Medium and Large Enterprise Small, Medium and Large Enterprise Small, Medium and Large Enterprise
Export Format Support Excel and CSV format Support Excel and CSV format Export to many formats, including HTML, PDF, XML, CSV, TIFF, Word reports (New in 2008), and Excel

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