The proliferation of business intelligence platforms, tools, and software stacks is dizzying. It seems that not a week goes by in which a new product isn’t introduced to the market, which grows ever more fragmented and confusing. Specialized business intelligence tools for cloud-based data visualization, Hadoop, text analytics, and other specific solutions for certain analyses or data sources are lumped in with end-to-end BI tools under the same broad categories, furthering the obfuscation.
To help people who are currently in the market for business intelligence tools, or anyone who wants to gain a clearer understanding of the field, we’ve created this comprehensive list of online resources you can use to compare business intelligence products and vendors. These include user reviews and ratings, analyst commentary and professional guides that can help you self-evaluate. As we are a vendor in the space ourselves we’ve included mostly third-party reviews and reports for an unbiased perspective on BI tools.
BI Software Comparison Websites
The following business intelligence software comparison sites enable you to compare between business analytics tools based on expert reviews and — more importantly — ratings and reviews from actual users.
G2 Crowd is a leading business software review platform and contains over 100,000 user reviews for various business B2B applications. The site also published Grid reports that allow users easily compare between the leading tools, with scores based on expert peers, everyday users anda aggregated data.
Capterra is a free service that helps businesses find the right software, and business intelligence is one of the 300+ categories the website covers. You can use Capterra to browse and compare business intelligence software, read buying guides, blogs, and user reviews, and request a personalized match from Capterra’s experts according to specific business needs.
GetApp is an extremely comprehensive directory of reviews for business software, SaaS and cloud applications. In terms of BI applications, it contains listings and reviews for dashboard software as well as big data, data mining, predictive analytics and other types of analytical tools. Within each category, you can view product reviews as well as compare two or more products based on their ratings in various criteria. Additionally, the site’s “Lab” feature offers research, reports, and insights into industry trends.
Despite its name, this website actually offers a comprehensive directory of various business software (including non-finance related). You can use it to “compare products, read customer reviews and reports from experts to easily find a solution that will let your company grow.” When it comes to business intelligence the site features reviews, articles and product comparisons.
TrustRadius defines itself as a community of professionals sharing software reviews, software discussions, and best practices, with a strong focus on user reviews – which are often long and detailed, enabling you to get a good picture of the functionality of each product and its pros and cons.
According to SelectHub’s mission statement, its one goal is to make technology investments more impactful by reducing the pains of evaluating and onboarding while increasing ROI. The site provides leaderboards, reviews, and ratings for various types of enterprise software tools, including business intelligence.
IT Central Station
While at first glance this may look like yet another directory of reviews for business software, the place where IT Central Station really shines is in its active user base and communities — with thousands of users and new reviews being constantly posted, commented on and updated. Reviewers undergo multi-tiered authentication before their posts are approved to appear on the site. In addition to reviews, the site provides comparisons, product descriptions, and FAQs.
Software Advice aims to simplify the software selection process with the promise of matching buyers with the right software in 15 minutes. In addition to the usual reviews, ratings, and leaderboards, the site also offers to provide a free telephone consultation to interested prospects.
Gartner Peer Insights
This website is operated by revered analyst firm Gartner. While it also focuses on reviews by actual users, these are carefully guided by the review format to provide a highly detailed view of each product and its strengths and shortcomings within the scope of each deployment.
DiscoverCloud was founded in 2012 in order to help business owners find the tools and information required to grow their business. Its Marketplace features an ever-growing number of SaaS solutions and outsourced services, currently listing over 3,000 applications. The site provides reviews, ratings, and market landscape analysis matrices.
Technology Advice focuses on product comparisons and has a rich library of original research, white papers, and studies. In addition, you will find the expected reviews from software users, as well as an automated recommendation system.
Unlike its counterparts, this website does not focus on user reviews but does serve as a useful hub for industry related news, commentary and best practices. The site also published periodical buyer’s guide which can help comparing BI vendors according to their feature sets.
This site uses semantic technology to deliver insights from data-driven articles, visualizations, and research tools. They allow you to create a shortlist and filter by everything from platform type and analysis features to business size and supported languages.
BetterBuys lets you browse vendor and compare top solutions. They also offer a free comparison guide that breaks down the top BI vendors in an easy to use report.
If you’ve had your fill of user reviews, you might want to check out some of these analyst reports and resources. All of them offer both a comparison between different products and serve as valuable resources for understanding general concepts and considerations within the BI and analytics space.
Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms, 2017
The quintessential report for all things business intelligence, Gartner’s Magic Quadrant needs no introduction and is usually considered the most well-researched and highly regarded point of reference to understand the layout of the BI landscape. You can get a copy of it right here.
The BARC BI Survey
The Business Application Research Center (BARC) annually surveys thousands of business intelligence software users, gathering feedback on the tools that they use across a wide variety of KPIs meant to measure each tool’s business value, user experience, customer satisfaction and competitiveness. The report is a very useful aggregation of the opinions of actual users who work with the product in their day-to-day.
Dresner Wisdom of Crowds Business Intelligence Market Study
The Wisdom of Crowds report, in addition to providing a set of detailed criteria for evaluating BI vendors, is also based off of the feedback of thousands of actual users who participated in the study and ranked the leading BI tools based on their own experience.
Forrester Wave Reports
Another highly esteemed analyst firm, Forrester periodically releases its Wave reports focusing on specific segments of the market — for example, cloud business intelligence or agile BI. These reports are available to download from the Forrester website.
While analyst Martin Butler does not release annual reports, his website is definitely worth visiting. In addition to specific product comparisons and lists, the blog is worth checking out for a refreshing and often critical voice of the BI industry and the oft-exaggerated claims made by vendors. You can visit Butler Analytics here.