Business intelligence software apps refer to computer-based apps and tools that are utilized to convert raw business data into insightful, and thus more useful, information for business analysis goals. Such a software application can manage huge amounts of unstructured, unprocessed business data to help organizations to recognize, develop, and even produce new business opportunities and plans. Generally observed, business intelligence software contains three basic sets of operations: data discovery, data management, and reporting, and it is expected to contain a large suite of metrics, evaluation features, and analytical capacities. The system can either be a separate solution, or can be incorporated in multi-operational project management software.
There are plenty of cloud-based SaaS solutions available in the market and this makes it tricky for a company to select a suitable platform for their needs. The first aspect to consider is usability. Be clear about the changes needed for your team’s processes and workflow when you implement the software. Purchase a solution that adapts to your workflows and not the other way around.
The second feature to consider is the user interface. It should be simple and easy to use so that your employees get the hang of it quickly. Get them involved in the selection and usage process, and analyze their daily requirements to find a good fit. Make the users look at the demos and try out the free trials and get their reviews.
The third important feature is scalability. Select a tool that can grow with your business. Though many SaaS vendors offer enterprise plans, these are expensive for a lot of firms. So, check if the product allows you to export your data and migrate to another system if required. In fact, select a provider that allows you to export your data as you can trust their honesty and they are the proper type of SaaS brands you should look to associate with.
We use our unique SmartScore™ system to evaluate all the products listed to help you get the best possible application. The total score comprises of the following elements (% show how much each component affects the final score):
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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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