Tableau Alternative : Data Visualization and Adhoc Analytics

Having worked with so many Business Intelligence and Data visualization tools, the innovation engine in this field is certainly cranked up. Earlier it used to be called adhoc reporting. Later with the entry of Qlikview and Tableau a new category of Data Visualization was introduced in the world of Business Intelligence.

Now every vendor offers some form of Data Discovery. Oracle is also working on something similar adding to their confusing mix of tech stack.

With the launch of new InfoCaptor, you can perform ad-hoc data visualizations and build dashboards all within the browser. Now that is refreshing. The browser is the key here. Once you deploy on the server, users can simply login, upload their datasets or point to existing database connection. Before you know users are already slicing and dicing their datasets and swimming in the world of beautiful visualizations. Yes, the visualizations are absolutely stunning and why shouldn’t they be. It is based on the excellent d3js.org library.

The key here is that the browser is your canvas and it is pretty huge, for e.g the detfault size for the visuals takes up my entire browser screen real estate. I like big visuals and if I am producing a Trellis chart then I can simply drag the corners and resize it. The visualization library is very comprehensive and offers around 30 visuals. It provides the bullet graph as well for KPI tracking.

Few regrets, I wish it had the Sankey diagram included and some of the force based network diagrams.

Here are some screenshots from the website

Executive Dashboard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

InfoCaptor is also available on the cloud as a service and based on that there are few live analysis to try out without login or installing anything.

I would say with this release small business owners have truly found their Tableau or Qlikview alternative.

Go check out the new InfoCaptor Data Visualizer


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What will America pay for H1-B Jobs

The H1b program will pay a sum of $60,374,682,695 that is roughly $60 Billion US dollars over a period of next three years. A total of 300,000 candidates were approved for h1-b visa. Around 8000 applications were rejected, around 9000 applications were withdrawn and around 26000 applications were approved but later withdrawn.

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Face Off between Dashboard and Business Intelligence Vendors

This is just a fun experiment. A friendly face off between all the BI vendors.

All the business intelligence vendors out there are trying to help companies uncover hidden truth from their business data, right?

So in this experiment we turn the tables and try to analyze the front page of these vendor’s website. We will run text analytics on their website front page and try to uncover patterns and messages that these vendors are trying to send out.

The process that we will employ is to take their text content and run it through a word cloud builder like bubble visualizer, a service that creates a word bubble cloud.

The list of BI vendors that we have accumulated are below and you can find the individual visualizations by clicking on the image links. The visualizations are live and the images below are a snapshot of visuals at the time this review was conducted so in the mean time if the vendor’s website undergoes changes the visualization will change as well.

In case of some big boy vendors such as SAP, Oracle and IBM we picked the web page that represented the starting point for all their BI tools.

Executive Dashboard SAP Bubble Visualization Executive Dashboard IBM Bubble Visualization Executive Dashboard Oracle Bubble Visualization
Executive Dashboard Microsoft Bubble Visualization Executive Dashboard Microstrategy Bubble Visualization Executive Dashboard Tableau Bubble Visualization
Executive Dashboard Pentaho Bubble Visualization Executive Dashboard Qlikview Bubble Visualization Executive Dashboard SAS Bubble Visualization
Executive Dashboard Jaspersoft Bubble Visualization Executive Dashboard Information Builders Bubble Visualization Executive Dashboard InfoCaptor Bubble Visualization
Executive Dashboard Logixml Bubble Cloud Executive Dashboard Gooddata Bubble cloud Executive Dashboard Sisense bubble cloud
Executive Dashboard VisualMining bubble Cloud Executive Dashboard Chartio bubble cloud Executive Dashboard Dundas bubble cloud
Executive Dashboard Tibco Spotfire bubble cloud

 

Here is the summary of word counts for each vendor

Executive Dashboard

 

Looking at the above table you can see the top 3 words used by each vendor.

Executive Dashboard

 

Executive Dashboard

The above two charts (bar and bubble) show the number of words for each vendor. You can see that Jaspersoft using the most of characters on the web page.

 

Here is the link to all the words and the numbers

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AgQUzbm48k2ydHpySnNoMjV5SW04cnRHTDE4aV9SSEE#gid=0

Hope you enjoyed the friendly feud between the BI vendors and the text analysis presented here.

 

NOTE: Microsoft’s page somehow did not render. Either it is blocking at the server or rendering using javascript.


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World time clock on your dashboard

Have you ever wandered into an office and saw a series of clocks hung on the wall. Each clock showing time for a different city named at the bottom of the clock? Well, now you can have the same setup on your own dashboard. InfoCaptor Dashboard Software now integrates with the powerful d3js library for […]


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Inflation Dashboard – Consumer Price index charts comparing various categories

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Small Business Scorecard dashboard

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Free Dashboard service for startups and small business owners

You and I both know Business Intelligence software does not come cheap. Even the cloud based solutions available in the market charge from 100 to 1000 dollars per month. It is certainly a breath of fresh air when the small biz owner is provided the option of free dashboard and business intelligence solution and it […]


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Big Data – Dashboards and Business Intelligence – Quick Links and Update

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The battle of the Three – War of the Social Networks

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