Top 10 SQL Server Business Intelligence Tools


top 10 sql server business intelligence tools

SQL Server is one of the most popular databases used by many businesses around the world. However, you need a business intelligence to understand and analyze your data, and get meaningful insights about your business. Here are the top 10 SQL Server business intelligence tools that you can try today.

 

Top 10 SQL Server Business Intelligence Tools

Here are the top 10 SQL Server business intelligence tools.

 

Ubiq BI

Ubiq is a cloud-based business intelligence tool that allows you to easily connect to your SQL Server database with just one click, analyze and visualize data using a drag & drop interface, and create dashboards without any coding.

It supports more than 50 types of visualizations, including maps, and also features dynamic filters, scheduled email reports and PDF exports. Ubiq also supports user management and roles.

It is suitable for SMBs as well as large enterprises. Ubiq offers a 14-day free trial, with paid plans starting from $29/month.

 

Power BI

Power BI is a data visualization and reporting tool by Microsoft that supports a wide range of data sources including SQL Server. It allows you to easily create reports and dashboards from your data and share them with your team.

Power BI offers many useful features such as many visualizations, customizations and filters. However, it focuses more on data visualization and less on dashboards and reporting. So it doesn’t support features such as email reports at this point.

It is available as desktop (single user), on-premise(multi-user) and cloud deployments. Its paid plans start from $9.99/user/month.

 

Tableau

Tableau is one of the most popular data visualization tools that allows you to easily slice and dice large volumes of data and get useful insights.

It allows you to easily create spreadsheet like documents which contain reports, charts & tables, and share them with your team. However, it doesn’t explicitly support dashboards & email reports. You need to mashup several views together to design your own dashboard.

Like Power BI, it is also available as desktop (single user), on-premise (multi-user) and cloud deployments. Its paid plans start from $70/user/month.

 

Sisense

Sisense is one of the enterprise-grade SQL server business intelligence tools that allows you to easily connect to multiple data sources in different parts of your organization, and visualize them in one place.

It features data visualizer, dashboard designer, filters, formulas, email reports and exports. It even has a developer API.

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

 

Microstrategy

Microstrategy is one of the well-known business intelligence tools from legacy BI days. It supports a wide range of data sources, visualizations, filters and features.

Microstrategy is powerful enough to perform the most complex data analysis. However, since it is so comprehensive, it has a steep learning curve.

You will need a dedicated IT team of professionals, who have received Microstrategy training, to help you install and manage Microstrategy in your organization. It is not a self-service BI tool like the others in this list.

Microstrategy is also available as desktop, on-premise and cloud deployments. Its pricing is available on request only. It is mainly suitable for large enterprises.

 

Qlikview

Qlikview is another well-known BI tool from the legacy BI era. However, it has successfully modernized itself. Its desktop and on-premise versions continue have a steep learning curve. However, its cloud deployment is easier to use.

It supports end-to-end data management that includes data preparation, integration, analysis, visualization, reporting, and collaboration.

It also supports embedded analytics. Its pricing is available only on request. Qlik is suitable mainly for large businesses and enterprises.

 

Looker

Looker is a promising Business Intelligence platform that supports a wide range of data sources, including SQL Server.

It is available as both on-premise and cloud-based deployments. It offers tons of features for data analysis, visualization, and business intelligence. It works on a proprietary query language called LookML. So you need to define your data and analysis in this language to make the most of their platform.

As a result, you need to get in touch with their team who will help with the installation and onboarding. It is not a self-service BI tool.

Also, you will need a dedicated team of IT professionals to help you manage Looker on an ongoing basis. SO it is suitable for large businesses and enterprises.

Its pricing is available by quote only.

 

Zoho Analytics

Zoho Analytics (previous Zoho reports) is a cloud-based, self-service business intelligence tool from Zoho. It allows you to connect to a wide range of data sources including databases, cloud services and spreadsheets.

Its on-premise version requires dedicated IT professionals to help you with installation and management. Nevertheless, Zoho analytics is feature-rich and affordable.

Its paid plans start from $25/month that supports upto 500,000 rows of data. As your data grows, you will need to upgrade to bigger plans.

 

Yellowfin

Yellofin is another popular business intelligence tool for SQL Server that supports many useful features. Like other BI tools in the list, it allows you to easily analyze, visualize and report data.

It also supported sophisticated features such as machine learning, predictive analysis, forecasting, automated alerts and annotations, that are not available in other tools.

Its paid plans start from $50/user/month, and is suitable for medium-large businesses and enterprises.

 

BIRT

BIRT (stands for Business Intelligence and Reporting Tool) by Eclipse is a mature BI tool that allows you to easily create reports, charts, tables, dashboards, visualizations.

You can even embed its charts & reports on your website, web apps and mobile apps. It features a visual chart designer and runtime environment.

Since it is an open-source tool, it is available only as an on-premise deployment. So you need trained IT professionals to help you install and manage BIRT in your organization.

 

There are many SQL Server business intelligence tools in the market. 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!