Excel is a little like a bicycle: it’s useful enough, for short jaunts, but it’s flaws start becoming obvious when tackling any large endeavors or when trying to bring anyone along for the journey. It’s a great program, but it simply wasn’t designed for the kind of large scale, collaborative efforts that business requires these days. To enable projects like those, you need a more robust platform, with features and capabilities that Excel lacks.
So, if you’ve found recently that the bicycle just isn’t taking you where you want to go, here are a few vehicles that should help you reach your destination more swiftly.
Started in 1996, InetSoft offers award-winning web-based business intelligence. It features an open architecture, making it incredibly versatile and easy to adapt to your needs. While not as flashy as some other solutions, it offers a great degree of sophistication in its features, including advanced visuals and interactive dashboards.
Domo is a cloud-based solution that helps you put all your data in one place. The first things you’re bound to notice about Domo are the visual appeal, and the smoothness of the user interface, but they won’t be the last features you’ll notice. Domo’s APIs make it easy to pull you data from wherever it is and put it together on their cloud-based structure, making it accessible to everyone in your organization. It has a robust computing engine at its core, and with an extensive suite of features it’s a good option for anyone looking for an all-in-one solution.
Sisense does what many other BI solutions don’t: it offers both on-premise and cloud-based solutions for data. The on-premise solution is still web based, opening up the option of hosting a private cloud, which makes data both secure and accessible. It’s designed to work well with very large data sets, and performs well even when pulling large queries. And it’s Elasticube feature makes it possible to take data snapshots. Combine that with well-designed dashboards, and you have a well-rounded BI solution.
Grow is a cloud-based enterprise solution that boast lower costs than most. Perhaps more important than that, though, is their implementation speed. They promise to get you up and running in record time. What’s more, Grow offers a white label option, for those who need to share functionality with their clients. With one of the easiest systems to use, Grow is a solution that is not to be ignored.
Whether you’re looking for a cloud based solution, or you’re in need of something on-site, there are several tools that will outperform even the best features of Excel. With more adaptable and easier to use solutions available, there’s almost no excuse to be settling for a static, non-collaborative program anymore. So, do some research; you’ll find that the answer to your data and reporting problems are just a few clicks away.