The marketplace for the best data analytics software is mature and crowded with excellent products for a variety of use cases, verticals, deployment methods and budgets. Traditional business intelligence providers continue to offer dashboard and reporting capabilities that have remained staples to the market since widespread adoption of data analytics began more than a decade ago. Disruptive newcomers are bringing new technologies to the table so that organizations can take full advantage of data.
There are very large providers we refer to as ‘mega-vendors’, like Microsoft, Tableau, Qlik, SAP, and IBM. There are also lesser-known innovators with interesting products that play in niche areas, such as ThoughtSpot,, Pyramid Analytics, and ClearStory Data. In an attempt to assist you with what can become a daunting task of selecting the right product, these are the top-20 best data analytics tools for 2019.
Shortly after going public in the first quarter of 2017, Alteryx acquired data science tools provider Yhat. The company followed up on that acquisition by launching Alteryx Promote, a component that enables data scientists to deploy predictive models directly into business systems. Alteryx offers an expansive platform with many noteworthy analytic features, and their foray into data science tools figures to be a boon to citizen data scientists.
Specialties: Self-service, data blending, data preparation
Birst received among the four-highest scores in four of the five use cases assessed in last year’s Gartner Critical Capabilities report. The company’s Fall 2017 Networked BI update featured enhancements to connectivity, data transformation, networking, interactivity, and administration. Birst is a cloud-first BI and analytic offering, and their merger with Infor figures to bring considerable punch to the platform in the months ahead.
Specialties: Self-service, data warehouse architecture, agile BI
BOARD is offered on-prem or in the cloud, and the platform unifies any data source into a single logical view. BOARD is based on a proprietary data management technology called HBMP that was designed to enhance the performance of in-memory computing. The company’s flagship solution offers two authentication layers and advanced security management so users can delegate security administration to other key users. BOARD was founded in 1994 and has customers across many industries.
Specialties: Planning/forecasting, performance management, reporting
ClearStory Data’s product offers ways for organizations to discover, prepare, and blend data from structured and unstructured sources. ClearStory’s Data Inference tool automates the data preparation process for any data source by inferring semantics in business data, reading values, and automating transformations. The platform is an excellent choice for organizations keen on data access and integration. Users also report that the software is easy to use. However, ClearStory lacks hybrid connectivity, and small deployment sizing may be an issue for larger organizations.
Specialties: Data discovery, data preparation, data blending
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