Top 10 Business Intelligence Tools

top 10 business intelligence tools

Business intelligence tools make it easy to sift through your data and get useful insights that you can use to make better business decisions and drive revenues. However, there are many business intelligence tools in the market , each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Here are the top 10 Business Intelligence tools that you can try today.


Top 10 Business Intelligence Tools

Here are the top 10 Business Intelligence Tools that you can try for your business.


Ubiq BI

Ubiq BI is a cloud-based business intelligence tool that allows you to easily analyze and report your data. It supports popular data sources such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, SQL Server, Google Analytics. It supports more than 50 visualizations including maps, and allows you to easily create real-time dashboards, reports, charts, tables, crosstabs, and visualizations.

It features an intuitive drag & drop interface for data visualization and analysis. It also supports dynamic filters, dashboards, PDF exports, scheduled email reports, etc. It also allows you to write complex SQL queries for reporting & analytics.

Ubiq BI is suitable for small-medium businesses as well as enterprises, with affordable pricing plans starting from $29/month.



Tableau is one of the most popular data visualization tools. It is available in 3 types of deployment – desktop (single user), on-premise (multi-user) and cloud.

Tableau allows you to quickly visualize and analyze data using a drag & drop interface. It focuses more on data visualization & insights and less on dashboards & reporting.

So, while it has many features to help you slice & dice data, it lacks reporting features like scheduled reports, dashboard designer, etc.

It is suitable for medium-large businesses and enterprises, with plans starting from $70/user/month for Tableau Creator license.


Power BI

Power BI is a data visualization tool by Microsoft that allows you to easily analyze, visualize and report data. It offers many useful features to help you easily analyze, visualize and report data. It supports a wide range of data sources.

It is available in various deployments – desktop, mobile, on-premise, cloud, embedded. Its paid plans start from $9.99/user/month, which comes with limited features.

Power BI integrates well with other Microsoft products such as Azure, Office 365, One Drive, Microsoft Teams. Its multi-user and on-premise licenses can be quite expensive starting from $4,995/month



Sisense is a feature-rich business intelligence platform for medium-large businesses as well as enterprises. It is available as both on-premise and cloud versions, and supports many different data sources such as relational databases, cloud services and spreadsheets.

It features data visualizations, dashboard designers, collaboration, sharing, drag & drop interface, developer API.

Its pricing information is not publicly available and you need to request them for a quote.

Sisense allows you to easily connect to different data sources in your organization and visualize them in one place.



Microstrategy is a well-known business intelligence platform used by many of the Fortune 500 companies. It used to be quite popular in early 2000’s during legacy BI days.

However, with the advent of modern BI tools that are agile, self-service and cloud-driven, it has taken a backseat. Nevertheless, it is a very mature product with plenty of useful features, that help you connect to almost any data source and perform in-depth analyses.

Since, its latest BI tool is a port of its legacy on-premise version, it lacks in areas of self-service, collaboration, report sharing and cloud capabilities.

Like Tableau, it also offers desktop, on-premise and cloud versions. Since it is based on legacy BI architecture, you need a dedicated IT team with proper training to manage Microstrategy for your organization.


Zoho Analytics

Zoho Reports (now Zoho Analytics) is a popular cloud-based business analytics and reporting tool from Zoho. It is intuitive, feature-rich and affordable, like other Zoho products.

It is available as both on-premise and cloud-based versions. Its cloud version is a self-service BI tool, while its on-premise version requires dedicated IT professionals to help you get started.

Its paid plans start from $25/month, and supports 500,000 rows of data. So as your data grows, you’ll need to upgrade to higher plans.


Qlik View

Qlik view (also known as Qlik) is a full-fledged business intelligence platform that allows end-to-end data management, analytics and reporting.

It is also one of the popular legacy BI tools, that has successfully modernized itself over time. Qlik supports a vast range of data sources and offers plenty of features for data visualization and analytics.

However, you need a dedicated team of IT professionals to help you manage it in your organization. Qlik offers data integration, business intelligence, embedded analytics and reporting.

Its pricing is available by quote only. Qlik is suitable for large businesses as well as enterprises.



Yellowfin is a mature business intelligence analytics software that allows you to easily transform data into insights. It supports many types of data sources.

Like other BI tools in the list, it offers many features to help you analyze, visualize and report data. In addition, it also includes sophisticated features like automated alerts, annotations, machine learning, predictive analysis, and forecasts that are not available with other BI tools.

Yellowfin is suitable for large businesses as well as enterprises. Its paid plans start from $50/user/month.



Looker is a comprehensive business intelligence platform for large businesses and enterprises. It provides tons of features for data analysis, reporting, business intelligence and visualization. It is available as both on-premise and cloud versions.

It works using a proprietary query language called LookML. So, it requires you to prepare and organize your data in a specific layout to be able to make the most of its features.

You will need a dedicated data analysis/IT team of trained professionals to help you manage Looker in your organization. So it is suitable for large businesses and enterprises. Its pricing is available only by quote.


Microsoft Excel

If your data fits on a spreadsheet, then use Microsoft Excel. Period. It’s the best data analytics and reporting tool for small data sets.

The number of intuitive shortcuts and features offered by Excel remain unparalleled. Although there are free alternatives such as Zoho Office, Google Sheets and Open Office, Excel is much more powerful than them all.

Its desktop license starts from $120, one time payment. You can also go for a monthly subscription of Office 365, which starts from $10/user/month.

However, Excel can slow down as your data grows. So if your data is more than 50,000 rows, it might be a good idea to use any of the above business intelligence tools.


There are many business intelligence tools in the market, catering various customer segments. If you are looking for an easy to use, powerful and affordable business intelligence and reporting tool, try Ubiq today.

About Sreeram Sreenivasan

Sreeram Sreenivasan is the Founder of Ubiq, a business dashboard & reporting platform for small & medium businesses. Ubiq makes it easy to build business dashboards & reports for your business. Try it for free today!