If you’ve ever poured over several different company reports, you know that learning the things you want from the data can be challenging. There are sales reports, marketing reports, website analytics, and more, and putting all those together into meaningful and actionable intel isn’t always easy.
This has spurred the development of the business intelligence dashboard, which is designed to help visualize data from several sources in one place. You’ll often hear them referred to as BI (for business intelligence) and they’re helping businesses take all the data collected each day in the course of business and make sense of it.
How can the ability to analyze data help your company?
Organizations analyzing big data report a 10% reduction in costs and 8% increase in revenues on average. (BARC)
As part of our software development consulting, Ion Technologies helps small businesses take advantage of all that technology offers. One important piece of that puzzle is being able to turn data into action, and to do that you need a powerful business intelligence tool that can bring everything together into comprehensive reporting.
We’re going to go over the basics of business intelligence dashboards and their key benefits to companies, then we’ll look at a few out there and what they have to offer your business.
BI dashboards are a major leap ahead from spreadsheet charting. They help managers visualize data in new ways while also having the ability to correlate multiple key performance indicators (KPIs) that intersect.
Having instant & live access to view any number of performance data attached to your operations can help identify areas for improvement and positive things that can be drilled down into.
Benefits that businesses using BI dashboards report are:
Here are a few of the top business intelligence dashboards out there that you may want to consider for making the most out of your data. The Ion Technologies Team can set up and customize any of these to capture and display the exact information you need to make productive business decisions.
From a giant in the office productivity software world comes the powerful data visualization tool, Power BI. Microsoft’s business intelligence dashboard promises to deliver stunning visuals and insights that allow fast and informed decisions.
Power BI can be used alone, and is also part of the Microsoft Power platform which includes:
Microsoft offers a free 60-day trial to allow you to get familiar with Power BI Pro before you buy. They have three options to choose from:
Geckoboard was founded in London in 2010, The company refers to their BI application as a TV dashboard to ensure your metrics are in the front of your mind. They note the ease of use as one of their big advantages.
Their four-step process is:
They offer a free 30-day trial to allow you try out the application, and pricing options are:
Yellowfin was founded in Australia in 2003 with a goal of making analytical tools better and more comprehensive. They offer a full suite of analytics products which provide the ability to:
They offer a free 30-day trial to give them a try. Packages offered are:
Would you like some help getting the most out of a business intelligence dashboard? Ion Technologies can make sure all your data is coming into your application from a variety of sources and we’ll sit down with you to create custom reports and visualizations you can understand.