Business intelligence software programs refer to computer-based solutions and tools that are employed to translate raw business data into insightful, and thus more useful, information for business analysis decisions. Such a software system can manage large amounts of unstructured, unprocessed business data to help companies to identify, develop, and even create new business opportunities and strategies. Broadly observed, business intelligence software comprises three basic sets of operations: data discovery, data management, and reporting, and it is expected to contain a vast suite of metrics, evaluation tools, and analytical capacities. The software can either be an individual application, or can be incorporated in multi-operational project management software.
To select an apt SaaS system for your business, start by asking the following questions:
· Is this cloud platform the best product—economically and features-wise? · Will it be easy to do long-term business with the cloud provider? · Is the app easy to use and does it simplify technology? · Can the platform help your organization to manage compliance, security, and operational risks?
Find out if other firms have successfully deployed the system. Get proof about the provider being able to provide the desired business value and ROI. Browse case studies to learn about the user experiences of other buyers. Obtain references from the vendor and find out about the caliber of the software and service provided.
Another important factor to consider is the free trial. Before you make such a crucial decision and spend your hard-earned money, be certain if the system actually fits your requirements. You can do this by registering for the free trial and checking out the system’s tools. Also, find out if the provider can help you to pilot the platform. You may need to pay for the deployment of the pilot, but the price is worth it as it will give you results and proof points to consider before you make an important investment.
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Main Functionality – rates the software’s ability to meet its main promise or USP.
Customization - Rates the software’s customization tools that allow the business to match the software’s functions to the business’ specific processes and current needs. Tools to watch include: custom reports; custom fields; custom business processes; logo insertions; and color palette choice.
Collaboration Features – rates the software’s functionalities that allow team members to work together, share documents, ideas and best practices. Includes tools such as: communication platforms (IM chat, VoIP, email, social media, phone); real-time features; attachment and association capabilities; and automatic task and contact associations.
Integration – rates the ability of the software to assimilate third-party applications and formats, especially popular productivity tools like Google Apps, Microsoft Office and Outlook and proprietary email apps. Also include connector apps that integrate the software to even more apps and APIs that allow developers to integrate their own apps to the software. May also include integration to older versions of the software.
Mobility – rates if the software has a mobile platform and which mobile OS it supports. Attributes to watch include: apps for iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry; mobile browser version; and specific mobile modules.
Ease-of-use – rates the level of difficulty in learning and using the software. Features to watch include: self-help tutorials; quick lookups; dashboard; drag-and-drop tools; intuitive behavior; search and data retrieval; formats and templates; and steps to perform a task.
Help & Support – rates the level of technical and customer support by vendor. Attributes to measure include: live support (chat); tickets; free and freemium support services; knowledge base support (PDF, recorded webinars, forum); and paid support plans.
Security – rates the software’s security infrastructure including the following features: enable/disable data access; password encryption; data backup; and official seals from reputable organizations that vouch for the software’s security.
Media Rating - averages the ratings by major review sites, such as: CNET, Gartner Vendor, MacWorld and PCMag.
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