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Seeking lightweight open source BI software

Zhan Geng - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Technology Officer at ECMS

Hello, I'm looking for a Business Intelligence solution that's not so heavy - mostly reporting with drill up/down/across functions, dashboard, chat... 

Can anyone suggest a good option?

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88 Answers

Djalma Gomes, Pmp, Mba - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Vendor

My suggestion is for those who don´t require much coding such as Tableau, Power BI, Cliqsense or Domo. Most of those tools are hosted in the cloud with the exception of Tableau which you may also use on-premises.

Power BI and Tableau are the 2 top-rated according to Gartner Group. Power BI is a good choice if your datasource is in Azure. 

Otherwise, Tableau is more flexible and more powerful regarding visualization features, actions and graphic design. Not to mention the amazing amount of native connectors they provide as you can see here:  Tableau Connectors

I have shallow knowledge of Power BI but I am a specialist in Tableau platform. Feel free to contact me for any help you need.

Rob Thorpe - PeerSpot reviewer

It depends on the use case and we provide customers with Cognos Analytics, Power BI and ThoughtSpot. 

If you don't want to employ analysts I suggest ThoughtSpot as it is more of a search-based solution. At Assimil8 we can provide ThoughtSpot as a managed service starting at 25 users so making it cost-effective  

Muhammad-Zubair - PeerSpot reviewer

There are multiple great tools available in the market (SAP BI, Oracle OBIEE, Tableau, IBM Cognos, Power BI, Qlik or Pentaho BI, etc.) to perform reporting with drill up/down, across different functions, displaying charts. 

You can also go with cloud-based tools. It all depends on your data architecture and the team's proficiency to choose that best suits your requirements. 

Susheel A - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

It depends on the Data architecture and the complexity of your requirement.

Some great tools in the market are Qlik Sense, Power BI, OBIEE, Tableau, etc. I have recently started using Cognos Enterprise and some of the features that come with this version and the ease to create Dashboards/Explorations/Story Boards are really great. 

One thing to watch out for is the Cost for Cognos Enterprise and if cost is not an issue. I feel Cognos Enterprise is worth trying.

Subrata Maity - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

There are many...It would rather depend what System BI architecture or Enterprise legacy you have at your end...I would recommend as follows: 

1) If you have legacies of SAP, Oracle  - look for SAP BI (including Excelcius) and OBIEE respectively. Both of them have their own flavour of Dashboard, Information Semantics, Macro Intelligence Universes - with all the features of data drill, user created function developments built. Pros - Robust, Cons - You need a good practice team to configure your requirements.

2) If you are on MS platform, you can try Power BI. The desktop version is good, rich in features and much at ease with native SQL Server ecosystem 

3) If you have licenses for Tableau, Qlik or Pentaho BI, all of them are equally competitive for the requirements that you have mentioned. Your decision would depend on the licensing investment that you would consider.

4) Self Sustained BI tool - MicroStrategy comes with great features and I have used MicroStrategy for some time.

There are multiple options in Cloud as AWS , I have used Quicksight and been able to drive few reporting requirements that you have mentioned.

reviewer1091745 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

I've worked on Power BI and OBIEE. I mostly prefer OBIEE, as it has an overall solution to most of the problems addressed or seen in developing reports.

Rajesh Sirsikar - PeerSpot reviewer

The best and open source (No cost involved) solution for all BI requirements is Jaspersoft Open Studio.

Refer to for more information.

Carlos Patino - PeerSpot reviewer

I advise you to try OneStream. This is a very good platform focused on reporting, consolidation and budgeting & forecasting.

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