7 Big Data & Analytics Softwares for Better Decision Making

Intrigued by analytics? You should have attended 3rd Annual Big Data Analytics Summit that happened last month in Toronto. The 2 days summit was attended by more than 200 professional from all over the country along with pioneers of the computer world like IBM & Dell. The summit also showcased plenty of other Big Data & Analytics softwares like TIBCO, Information builder, SAS, Datameer etc.


TIBCO Spotfire offers executive dashboards, data analytics, data visualization and KPI push to mobile devices. Users can start simple and small and then expand in stages; the system can grow with the needs of any business. It can complement existing business intelligence and reporting tools, while midsize organizations can utilize Spotfire’s dashboarding, business intelligence, reporting and analytics tools.

Information Builder

Information Builders’ WebFOCUS is a business intelligence and analytics platform targeted toward both business and technical users. It consists of multiple self-service applications based on each user’s job and skill-level (e.g. technical users, business users and data scientists), from advanced data integration and analytical tools to point-and-click applications. Popular applications include InfoDiscovery (an analytical tool), RStat (a predictive modeling tool) and ReportCaster (a reporting tool). This platform allows business users to manage their own analytic content and assemble dashboards, while technical users can build custom “InfoApps” that provide an app store-like user experience. This system also allows for integration with commonly used programs, such as Microsoft Excel and Adobe Reader.


Core functionalities of SAS include dashboards and scorecards, ETL capabilities, online analytical processing, query and report writing, data mining and predictive analytics, and data warehousing. These applications can be offered as stand-alone features, or within a fully-integrated suite. Users have access to interactive data discovery to visualize trends. Reporting and dashboards are also interactive to assist analytical data mining.

Qlik Sense

Qlik Sense offers visualization and discovery for individuals, collaboration and mobility for groups and teams, and data integration, management and governance capabilities for large organizations. Qlik Sense helps users find all the possible associations that exist in their data, across all their data sources, with the Qlik Associative Data Indexing Engine. Users can see the whole story instead of only the partial views offered by hierarchical tools. Qlik Sense also offers an HTML5 client, which helps businesses gain useful insights into their information to help each employee make better business decisions.


Datameer gives business users a self-service, end-to-end big data analytics tool that sits natively on Hadoop. This approach drastically reduces both the cost and the time it takes to get to insight. Specifically, it allows users to access, integrate, analyze, and visualize massive amounts of both structured and unstructured data using wizard-led data integration, iterative point-and-click analytics, and drag-and-drop visualizations.


Pyramid Analytics deliver a Governed Data Discovery and Enterprise Business Analytics platform that gives the power of analytics into the hands of every user, from expert analyst to business executive to IT professional. The BI Office Suite is architected with centralized security and content in addition to being able to scale up and out effortlessly, load balanced over as many servers as required. Pyramid Analytics main product, BI Office, is a web-based business analytics suite for analytics, dashboards, reporting and data mining designed for taking BI to the cloud.BI Office is made up of these core applications: Data Discovery, Data Modeling, Dashboards, Data Mining, and Publisher.


Dundas BI, from Dundas Data Visualization, is a browser-based business intelligence and data visualization platform that includes integrated dashboards, reporting tools, and data analytics. It provides end users the ability to create interactive, customizable dashboards, build their own reports, run ad-hoc queries and analyze and drill-down into their data and performance metrics.

Check out snapshots of the 3rd Annual Big Data Analytics Summit on Melanie Raffa’s storify.

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