Thursday, July 29, 2010
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Self-service Business Intelligence is one of the growing markets these days and business users are looking for flexibility and capability to analyze data and design reports or dashboards at will. Products / Services that provide dashboarding solutions, but are IT Developers toys and makes Business Users dependent on IT Staff to request for almost anything facilitated by these products, are miles away from self-service BI.
Any MS BI professional would be aware of Powerpivot which is a "managed" self-service BI tool for business users in the Microsoft BI Stack. But this is not the only star in the constellation of self-service BI tools in the BI galaxy. Below are the alternatives (in my knowledge and in no specific order) that are worthy to be explored, and you would find that one or more products fit your needs depending on at which stage of BI maturity is your enterprise.
Few of these are cost-effective, few are good for enterprise that are starters in the BI space, few are good for better in-memory performance, some are good for better visualizations, and some are good from an overall partner support and product integration perspective. I am reserving a detailed comparison of few or all of these for a future post. If I am asked the top 3 favorites, as a MS BI professional I would be interested in Powerpivot, Qlikview and PivotLink.