Which of these 4 BI solutions are right for you?

  • Ed Thompson, CTO
  • February 4, 2014

4 types of business intelligence solution explainedOn the lookout for Business Intelligence solutions but don’t know where to start? Read on.

Enterprise Business Intelligence Solutions

Enterprise Business Intelligence solutions include vendors such as Cognos, Business Objects and Hyperion. These are undeniably very capable BI solutions but come with a high price tag, as entry level implementation costs of these solutions are often £100,000 +. Enterprise solutions can also be very complicated which means they require dedicated expertise on-site if they are to be used effectively.

Data Visualization tools

Data Visualization tools such as Tableau and Qlikview. These are analytically applications which allow the user to create powerful visualizations of data, with the end results being graphically very smart.

But there is a downside in that Data Visualization tools are usually client-server tools. This means software must be installed onto a PC to use the tool; browser versions are available but the functionality is limited. These tools – like enterprise tools – often require a trained IT professional to build new reports and dashboards.

Reporting tools

Reporting tools such as Crystal are not actually Business Intelligence solutions – they are solely tools which require fairly in-depth IT skills to build reports over raw, underlying data. The functionality is limited in that it is not possible to drill down into data, apply business rules or do many other things that in the way that BI solutions can offer.

A mix of all three

In many ways, Matillion BI is a combination of the previous three types of solution – the power of an Enterprise solution, the natty graphical features of a Data Visualisation tool, and a price more in-line with a simple reporting tool.

There are however three key differences between Matillion and these other three types of solution.

First, Matillion typically implements much faster than traditional enterprise Business Intelligence solutions (and usually at a fraction of the cost).

Secondly, Matillion provides an easy-to-use, great-looking front end just as Data Visualization tools and reporting tools but with the added ability to drill down much deeper into the data.

Finally, the first three solutions all work the same way – you buy a CD, you buy servers, you buy consultancy and you pay for it all up front. With Matillion, on the other hand, you buy software and a service, implemented by our dedicated team who are also there to offer ongoing support.  Reducing risk and paying as you go.

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