There are many Business Intelligence and reporting tools on the market, a veritable smorgasbord of offers ranging from simple applications for ad-hoc queries to sophisticated platforms that run the gamut of reporting tasks and related areas.
Reporting & BI tools should serve as a means to an end. The tools themselves must be designed correctly so that the reports and dashboards are truly effective and the settings are a direct reflection of experience and knowledge. Only such reporting can help you make better decisions and spur corporate growth.
The BI Suite lets organizations take the lead when quick and effective decisions are made by the right people – managers, analysts, suppliers and partners – receiving the right information at the right time.
The BI Platform features an integrated and flexible environment for data processing and information sharing. Users reach remarkable results by processing data on a larger scale and transforming the data into a more comprehensive form to provide outputs based on reliable data processed in real time. Key users will have a complete overview of the performance of individual departments and business results of the entire company. IT departments will enjoy easier implementation and optimized usage of infrastructure and sources with fewer demands made on both administration and operational management. Integration onto the BI platform gives users the opportunity to access, combine and connect various data sources from your company's applications.
Why choose SAP BI?
Microstrategy is an advanced BI solution for companies of all sizes in various business areas. It is one of the leaders in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for BI tools, and is constantly strengthening its position.
The Microstrategy BI platform affords you the option of creating well-designed charts and spreadsheets for reporting, score cards and using interactive panels (dashboards). It enables the usage of advanced, predictive and OLAP analyses. Thanks to ROLAP (relational OLAP) technology, you can monitor all corporate data, thereby letting you analyze a variety of data sources including Hadoop. Moreover, you may connect to the platform from other client applications, such as MS Excel amongst others, thanks to an adapter.
The Microstrategy desktop application gives developers access to the full range of resources across the platform for the development of analytical objects (metrics, attributes, filters). Consequently, these can be used anywhere in different contexts and without the risk of inaccurate results.
The Microstrategy web interface allows users both interactive work with reports (drilling, pivoting, formatting, sorting), along with the option of creating filters, including definitions and metrics.
The Microstrategy administrator is an interface for the administration of enterprise-wide BI solutions on this platform which manages users and their access in addition to security rules in all environments (developing, testing, production).
Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services is a complete server platform for reporting. The benefits of this application are that it:
Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services is a set of tools for real-time data analysis (on-line analytical processing – OLAP) and Data Mining. It incorporates a powerful server for the construction and maintenance of multidimensional data cubes ( a method for arranging and saving data) for on-line analysis and providing clients with fast access to the data thanks to reports or the well-known MS Excel application.
Adastra helped to implement and fully use these technologies for numerous customers. Among the most noteworthy were the implementations for:
Microsoft Power BI belongs to the self-service BI technologies family. It provides a very effective tool for analysts and other users as it enables them to assemble and model data in such a way that they can mine required information from it in real time and without direct support of the IT department.
Integration of the entire technology into the familiar MS Excel environment markedly decreases the demands for training and understanding of the entire work process. The result is an incredibly fast and simple implementation of these technologies that can often be done without needing any IT support.
The cornerstone of this technology consists of the following components:
PowerPivot is a tool for assembling, modeling and consolidating data from various data sources. This is advantageous when compared to Excel, as the number of uploaded entries is unlimited. The technology used allows data analysis in the operational memory and the option to use all computer processor cores enabling high-speed data processing and rapid data access, easy data transferability inside the pages as well as the option to use common Excel tools.
PowerQuery is an ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) tool for modifying, combining and cleaning data from various types of sources (relational, structured, partially structured and non-structured data). It can download data from various sources and, apart from standard databases, offer the option to import from files (of various formats) from the web, Sharepoint, Odata, Cloud (Azure), Hadoop (HDFS, Hive), Active Directory, Exchange and Facebook.
PowerView is an interactive data explorer tool for creating interactive reports. Compared to Excel it offers new ways of displaying data, in metrics or chart, in particular when displaying development through visualization over time. Moreover, it displays geographical data simply on a map. PowerView reports can then be uploaded into Sharepoint where they remain interactive and can thus be shared among users.
PowerMap is, up to this point, the latest tool that allows enhanced data display into a map according to geographical classification. It enables data to be displayed in several layers at the same time and for development to be shown in real time on a map. It allows video sequences to be created and shared.
Adastra has implemented Power BI technologies for its customers to use to beat their competition thanks to timely and easy tracing of information needed for managerial decisions.
Cognos BI is one of the most advanced tools for reporting that comprises:
Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) is a set of Business Intelligence tools that lets you integrate data from various sources and provide centralized access to corporate information. It runs on an Oracle BI server to administer metadata and offer high scalability. OBIEE tools allow integrated data to be analyzed over this server.
The key components from the end users' point of view, including managers, data analysts etc. such as manager, data analyst etc. are:
Oracle BI Answers
Basic OBIEE analytical tool where ad-hoc analyses are created courtesy of the metadata provided from the BI server. The user (analyst, reporter) creates reports and is fully screened from the business logic which is separately maintained and managed by the metadata administrator. Analyses are created intuitively by the ‚Drag & Drop‘ method and results can be saved, shared with other users or placed on a dashboard as shown in the Oracle BI Interactive Dashboards below.
Oracle BI Interactive Dashboards
Dashboards are graphical interfaces that display information. Users work with live data in the form of tables, contingency tables, charts, KPI indicators, etc. You can move among the dashboards, drill for detail, filter or export their content. It is a standard managerial tool.
A fully autonomous tool with its own data sources (SQL query, XML, CSV, XLS etc.) providing a complete solution for generating and distributing reports within an organization. Reports can be published via various channels (email, fax, WebDav, FTP), generated at regularly schedule times and saved in various formats (MS Excel, PDF, interactive HTML) while using predefined templates.
Adastra played a key role in the implementation of Oracle Business Intelligence in Equa bank which now relies on Oracle BI Publisher to distribute reports.
BI tool QlikView, an innovative product from the American company QlikTech, boasts a number of essential features that support fast and effective decision making within all types of organizations.
Storing and linking data enables you to browse data and search much like an internet browser. It is an extremely intuitive environment and provides you with the option of working with data in new ways so that semantic interconnections let the user quickly move from aggregated data to specific transaction details. You no longer have to merely react to reported results. Instead you are now able to identify the underlying causes and react to possible problems long before they actually occur.
Self-service Business Intelligence
No longer is the user a mere passive recipient of reports. The roles of developer and analyst now intersect in what is known as business user 2.0, someone who adjusts reports, creates new insights and shares them immediately with colleagues. This new user is thus involved in the entire process of creating a BI solution and can precisely specify its requirements based on data sources, provide feedback and inform colleagues while significantly saving costly IT resources.
In-memory data saving
The data used by the QlikView tool is saved directly in the memory by a patent protected method. QlikView does not save the data into a database, therefore the developer can fully focus on the semantic interconnections of the data to decrease the time it takes to deliver results to end users dramatically.
QlikView is a software that integrates the ELT tool, OLAP module as well as the presentation layer. Therefore, everything is out-of-the-box and ready for development and work.
The QlikView Server is the place where users can choose to cooperate, share their experience and work results while working with reports. The QlikView Server platform distributes information to all users in a centralized way, while, at the same time, providing ample opportunities to determine levels of rights of all users flexibly to ensure the ultimate efficacy of all work associated with the information.
Oracle Endeca Information Discovery is an enterprise platform for self-service data discovery. Simply put, it employs agile analytics on relational and non-relational data sets and follows this up intuitively discovering hidden information to give users tremendous advantages as they can interpret market trends and anomalies earlier than ever before.
Endeca expands upon conventional BI solutions by making them more dynamic and offering greater development potential allowing users to derive competitive advantages previously unseen. Endeca lets users easily import, integrate and interconnect data from various data sources, such as databases, files (JSON, Excel etc.), web pages or, for instance, Oracle BI reports, and visualize established results in a snap while revealing all hidden associations that need to be identified and influenced in a timely fashion.
Endeca, true to its name (from the German word „to discover“) used ‚faceted search‘ where data analysis is managed from a user point of view by groups of classification filters. Internal data warehouses are built on a highly flexible data model which can save structured, semi-structured and non-structured data into one data model at the same time.
As you would expect, Endeca provides complete support for text analysis. The most suitable hardware platform for running Endeca is the Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine that can also be used for other analytical and reporting applications, such as Oracle Business Intelligence further guaranteeing top performance and scalability.
Endeca offers its users a complete package:
Multiple sources of data are easily integrated, regardless of type and physical location and all of this without any infrastructure. The entire solution enables the customer to manage, maintain and guarantee its performance or we can train users or the IT department so that the customer can run the application independently. The application can be immediately implemented for projects and customers who are not starting from scratch.
Reporting.cz has ready-made data models available that can be customized and adapted to the specific needs and instructions of principal users. Data models are highly flexible in terms of content, framework dimensions, indicators and demands for visualizing data. The reporting models can be used throughout the company in the financial division, in sales and marketing, in logistics or HR (for monitoring employee satisfaction).
How Reporting.cz works
The customer uses Uploader, a client agent which ensures data is uploaded to the cloud over a secure channel and puts full control of data access and data sources in the hands of the customer. Before being uploaded, and subsequently leaving the customer network, data is automatically adjusted, anonymized, and aggregated according to required details.
The processing, integration and validation of the data is done by Reporting.cz's own ETL (Extract, Transform and Load) module that records and stores data in the DWH in the cloud.
Users access data and reports in the cloud through a web browser interface in your computer or mobile device. Data and reports can also be presented online in an ordinary setting, such as MS Office, a website, or if necessary, an ERP solution of the customer.
Thanks to its simplicity, flexibility and comparatively minor input requirements, more complex templates can be tailored to suit the customer's needs in terms of content and access rights. Creating a reporting connection can be done within a few days.
Minimal technical requirements
Reporting.cz minimizes the technical requirements of the customer with the cloud solution ensuring operations run smoothly, freeing you from the added responsibility of building a new system or your own DWH. Similarly, you needn`t worry about maintenance or management costs, or any transition to a new ERP system. Everything is done for you and arranged by the database in the cloud which provides the data and all relevant information for authorized users. The solution is independent of the technical infrastructure, location and your current ERP system. In the event that a company either does not use an ERP system or has just started to use one, you can temporarily enter data manually. Simply connect to the Internet, login and the reporting revolution can begin.
Protecting your data is of paramount importance for Reporting.cz which is why we rely on multi-level data security:
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