As Consultants we are independent and unbiased advisers. We are not partners of any BI software provider therefore we only recommend companies according to the product that best suits your needs. Some of the solutions that we work with are:
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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms and Analytics Platforms
This report presents a snapshot of how vendors perform in a market segment with the goal of helping end users make better informed decisions about companies they may be looking to partner with, or whose services or products they may want to purchase.
In this edition the Gartner report starts: "Data discovery capabilities are dominating new purchasing requirements, even for larger deployments, as alternatives to traditional BI tools. But 'governed data discovery' — the ability to meet the dual demands of enterprise IT and business users — remains a challenge unmet by any one vendor.".
The report foresaw 2014 as follows: “It is very likely that 2014 will be a critical year in which the task of making "hard types of analysis easy" for an expanded set of users, along with ensuring governance, scale and performance for larger amounts of diverse data, will continue to dominate BI market requirements. At the same time, the ability to bridge widely proliferating business user silos with enterprise deployments will be a crucial challenge for IT and BI vendors. With the added complexities introduced by new data sources (such as the cloud, real-time events and sensors, and multi structured data) and new types of analysis (such as link/network and sentiment analysis, and new algorithms for machine learning), new opportunities will emerge to build business value. Leaders of BI initiatives to identify and optimize these opportunities will be under more pressure than ever to deliver results.”.
IBM® Cognos® Enterprise meets the needs of the business, finance and IT with powerful and scalable business intelligence and performance management solutions that support all business decisions—organisation wide. Cognos Enterprise helps users freely explore information, analyse key facts, quickly collaborate to gain alignment with key stakeholders and plan and act with confidence to drive better business outcomes.
With Cognos Enterprise, everyone is equipped with what they need to help your organisation outperform, including reports, analysis, statistics, dashboards, what-if analysis, plans, budgets and more.
Cognos Enterprise is a portfolio of integrated business intelligence and performance management solutions that supports the way users want to work and can help everyone in your organisation meet strategic objectives. It is part of the Cognos 10 family of products that enable your organisation to start anywhere to quickly satisfy urgent business requirements and grow your solution over time to address future needs.
SAP Business Objects
Uncover and seize new opportunities anytime, anywhere – with SAP Web Intelligence software. Get instant answers to your business questions and take action on the fly – with fast, decision-ready insights from any data source. SAP Web intelligence software can provide your business users with flexible, self-service access to ad hoc reporting tools and intuitive analytics – on the Web, desktop, or mobile device. Deliver personalised business intelligence to your colleagues, customers, and partners. Improve productivity by giving users an intuitive tool and clearing IT backlogs. Improve ad hoc reporting and analysis across any data source with a reusable framework. Access, analyse, format, and share your insights with a single tool.
Microsoft Business Intelligence
Microsoft BI solutions is a common second step for most medium sized companies that want to develop Business Intelligence Solutions. It allows you to create rich integrated reporting and analytics tools that empower users to gain access to accurate up-to-date information for better more relevant decision making.
The SQL Server is the standard Microsoft database engine. It is a easy to use, powerful and flexible data storage solution. It is nearly a standard solution for a big range of BI solutions, including non-Microsoft BI solutions, due to its low price and scalability.
SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)
This data-warehousing tool is equipped with superior Extract, Transform and Load (ETL) capabilities. It provides the vehicle for moving data from different data sources to a centralised Data Warehouse. Due to its affordable price SSIS is a common tool used in combination with other non-Microsoft solutions.
SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) SSRS is a framework of reporting mechanisms such as the Report Builder, Report Designer, Report Manager and Report Server that work together through a Web interface to enable the development of concise interactive reporting solutions.
SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS)
As a multidimensional analysis tool, SSAS allows you analyse information in realtime. This tools enable you to analyse large quantities of data by storing data in axes and cells instead of the traditional relational two-dimensional view in rows and columns, as seen in spreedsheet.
Logi Analytics (previously LogiXML) provides Business Intelligence solutions with a focus in fast deployment easy to use, outstanding graphical interface, low IT dependency and fixed price (CPU based licencing).
Logi Info allows IT to quickly build and deploy web-based dashboards, reports, and interactive analytics and deploy them to any size audience for a single price. Unlike traditional BI solutions, you can be up and running in days, not months, and unlike tool sets, you can easily manage your apps to suit changing end-user needs. You can even build solutions that let end-users build, save, and manage their own views of their data, all while retaining the control and security you require. Best of all, you can serve as many users as you want without growing your cost. Dashboards, Reports, and Analytics: Let business end-users access, analyze, and manage the information they need. Webportals: Keep any size audience informed and connected. Embedded Analytics: Increase the value of other applications by delivering data visualizations and analytics inside them. Interactive Mobile Applications: Extend your operations to field with applications that are fully connected. Web Front-Ends: Extend and enhance your existing infrastructure without high costs or disruption. Big Data: Harness Big Data for Actionable Insight.
Logi Ad Hoc)
Logi Ad Hoc is a ready-made reporting app that can be quickly integrated with your critical data repositories. This intuitive, web-based application allows end-users such as business analysts to easily create and share their dashboards, reports, and analyses. Easily accessed from any web-browser, Logi Ad Hoc let's critical insights to be disseminated to a wide audience inside or outside your organization. For ISV and SaaS providers, Logi Ad Hoc can be white-labeled and integrated with your applications.
Logi Analytics is the Leading Provider of BI Solutions to Software and SaaS Providers with more than 300 software and SaaS providers as customers. Logi Analytics enables you to differentiate your products and create new revenue streams by adding reporting, dashboards, and analytics to your products and services. Logi Analytics offers: Seamless Embeddability, Multi-tenancy Support, Tailored Licensing, Flexible Security, Web-based Architecture, Full Support and Training.
Data warehouses are the recognised foundation for enterprise analytics. They enable an organization to bring together cleansed data from separate sources of input, both internal and external, such as from partners or suppliers. Instead of garbage in, garbage out information to support decision-making, a consistent and consolidated enterprise-wide view of data from a business provides the foundation to improve your business. Building upon a trusted information platform for analytics is a key contributor to long-term business health. Not only do data warehouses enable higher quality information, they are designed to enable high-performance data access for analytic style applications. The develop of the Data Warehouse can be done over any database management system: Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, IBM DB2, Sybase, FoxPro, Linter, Microsoft Access, MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, etc. In South West Business Intelligence we use the worldwide recognised Ralph Kimball’s methodology delivering standard solutions to all our clients.
Extracting, transforming and loading your data is a key stage in building the foundation of your Business Intelligence solution. Whether it be bulk loads, real time feeds, creating historic snapshots and general data cleansing we can help. Our team have a wealth of experience with all the major ETL tools, this includes Informatica SAP Data Services Microsoft SSIS IBM Cognos Data Manager Talend ...as well as stored procedures, cron jobs and general file loads.
The Microsoft Office package is available in most organisation and has a very low licensing cost. Excel, Word, Outlook, Power Point can be powerful Business Intelligence tools for start-ups, small and medium sized companies. Combined with Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), SQL and other technologies the Microsoft Office suite allows you to automatise work, generate reports, deliver it by email, analyse data, forecast and perform most common task of any Business Intelligence platform. The solutions can go from a simple Excel file to a more comprehensive alternative such as a Data Warehouse. If a database needs to be implemented, Microsoft Access offers a budget solution. For a more robust but still affordable database a Microsoft SQL Server would be recomended.
IBM Cognos TM1
Cognos TM1 raises planning and what-if analysis to new levels of responsiveness. It ties Finance to operations to help uncover new business options, increase profits, and manage capital effectively. And it facilitates dynamic planning, forecasting and profitability analysis. Cognos TM1 offers: A personal analytics interface, including on-demand scenario modeling infused with planning capabilities. Rapid development and deployment of flexible models, including profitability models – without batch processing. Enterprise-wide reporting on important financial metrics. Integration with IBM Cognos Business Intelligence, including dashboards, scorecards and standard reporting for general ledger, accounts receivable and accounts payable. Support for in-depth predictive and risk analytics. Support for rolling forecasting with participation from a broad range of contributors. Control by the finance organization, while business users manage their own work without the need for constant IT support. A bit of technical information. TM1 is a MOLAP "in-memory" engine. It means that you can create writeback cubes os several millons of cells and thanks to its "in-memory" technology you can still enjoy a responsive environment. Not writeback cubes are even faster, turning TM1 in a very good analytic tool.
IBM Cognos Express
The little brother of IBM Cognos Enterprise offers nearly the same features than its older brother but a reduced price. The main limitation is that it is licensed up to 100 users.
The QlikView Business Discovery platform delivers true self-service BI that empowers business users by driving innovative decision-making. Understand your business in brand new ways by: Consolidating relevant data from multiple sources into a single application Exploring the associations in your data Enabling social decision making through secure, real-time collaboration Visualizing data with engaging, state-of-the-art graphics Searching across all data—directly and indirectly Interacting with dynamic apps, dashboards and analytics Accessing, analyzing and capturing data from mobile devices With QlikView, Business Users Can: Uncover hidden trends and make discoveries that drive innovative decisions Ask questions and pursue insights on your own or collaboratively — on the fly, on the road Search across all your data to get the big picture—just type any word or phrase, in any order, into the QlikView search box for instant, associative results that let you see new connections and relationships across your data Benefit from self-service BI with no need to go back to IT or business analysts for new queries or reports
Yellowfin is a business intelligence, dashboard, reporting and data analysis software vendor. Yellowfin’s software allows reporting from data stored in relational databases, multi-dimensional cubes or in-memory analytical databases. Yellowfin offers a complete Business Intelligence solution. From data to dashboards, Yellowfin can deliver a great collaborative BI experience.
Combine all the data needed from multiple data sources into personalised real-time dashboards. Yellowfin dashboards allow you to filter and drill down into detail and analyse your data in your browser.
MOBILE BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE
Yellowfin allows the user to access data anywhere at any time and on any device.
Yellowfin manages information collaboration by letting the user share and discuss data and use the knowledge to make better decisions.
Yellowfin has won awards for its Location Intelligence features that help you to put dynamic maps onto any report or dashboard. Yellowfin believe that merging spacial data with traditional BI data will put your business on the map.
The Yellowfin Business Intelligence solution promises to help you via quick and easy query.