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Business Intelligence Tools

Business intelligence tools are a type of application software designed to help the business intelligence (BI) business processes. Specifically they are generally tools that aid in the analysis, and presentation of data. While some business intelligence tools include ETL functionality, ETL tools are generally not considered business intelligence tools.  

Types of Business Intelligence tools

  • OLAP (including HOLAP, ROLAP and MOLAP)
  • Reporting software (also called Pixel perfect reporting software)
  • Data mining
  • Business Performance Management (BPM)

Open Source & Free Business Intelligence Products

Breadboard BI: enterprise-strength open source analytics - relational, ETL, OLAP, dashboard, report components across customer, finance, supply chain, and workforce areas using an open-source stack.

Greenplum Inc.: first open source powered database server that can scale to support multi-terabyte data warehousing demands.

JasperSoft: JasperSoft is the market leader in open source business intelligence (BI). With more than one million downloads and 10,000 corporate deployments in 81 countries, JasperSoft offers the most widely used open source BI software in the world. The JasperIntelligence architecture is comprised of open source server, report design, analytics, and commercial software for scalable enterprise applications.

OpenI: simple web application that does OLAP reporting.

Pentaho: enterprise-class reporting, analysis, dashboard, data mining and workflow capabilities.

YALE: open-source software for intelligent data analysis, knowledge discovery, data mining, and machine learning useful for business intelligence applications.

Commercial Products

  • Alphablox
  • Applix
  • BonaVista MicroCharts, Sparklines, bullet graphs and other in-cell charts for Microsoft BI
  • Breadboard BI Business Objects
  • Cognos (our chosen solutions software)
  • Haresoftware - PROPHETReport®, PROPHETModel (our software division)
  • Hyperion Solutions Corporation
  • Information Builders
  • JasperSoft
  • MaxQ Technologies
  • Metrinomics - Metrivox
  • Microsoft Analysis Services
  • MicroStrategy
  • Oracle Corporation
  • OutlookSoft
  • Panorama
  • Pentaho
  • ProClarity
  • QlikView
  • SAP Business Information Warehouse
  • SAS Institute ShowCase® Suite from SPSS for IBM® eServer™ iSeries™
  • Siebel Systems
  • Spotfire
  • Teradata BI Documenter
  • ARC - Retail BI Suite

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