Our Top Picks

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Datahug
  • Deployment: Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep)
  • AI for forecasting and real-time data reporting
Datahug from SAP aims to put intelligent forecasting and pipeline management in the hands of business owners. As a part of the SAP Sales Cloud platform, it provides interactive dashboards that show real-time customer analytics. This information can be easily shared with other ERP systems or synchronized with popular email applications and enables companies to proactively handle opportunities and risks. AI maximizes selling time and increases deal win rates. Datahug analyzes and reports on team productivity and trends.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Real-time data analysis
  • ERP and email integration options

Cons

  • Simulation models not available
  • No relational displays

What Customers Are Saying

Users enjoy how Datahug makes complex levels of pipeline data and easily divides them by sales reps and territories. One user stated that the "Opportunities" module is the perfect solution for sales rep accountability. However, some users noted that Datahug lacks the "why" behind frequent pipeline changes. Most users seem to agree that despite a few shortcomings, Datahug's overall value is hard to beat when compared to other data visualization and analytics software systems.

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • Custom quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free trial
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Support Options
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Relational Display
    No
Features
  • Deployment: Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep)
  • AI for forecasting and real-time data reporting
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Microsoft Power BI
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours, online
  • Handles large data volumes
With up-to-the-minute reporting, Microsoft Power BI empowers employees at all levels to discover meaningful insights. It provides both self-service and enterprise-level analytics on one platform and increases collaboration between teams. It can crunch through data lakes, and its AI helps non-data scientists with model simulation and gleaning insight from all types of unstructured and structured data. Power BI uses visual cues to hasten deployments with more efficiency, and because it integrates with MS Office applications and Zapier, its functionality is expanded.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Massive data-crunching capabilities
  • Custom dashboards
  • Create and publish content

Cons

  • Doesn't offer filtered views

What Customers Are Saying

Many users praise Microsoft for developing an "amazing" software that caters to both advanced users and those new to the data analytics field. They also appreciate the ability to break data down into digestible levels. However, many users stated the user interface is "the same old Microsoft look" and is "clunky." They also noted that without knowledge of DAX, there are limited ways to run measures.

Summary

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Microsoft Power BI
  • Starting Price
    • $9.99/mo for Pro
    • $4,995/mo for Premium
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free trial
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    Android
  • Support Options
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Relational Display
    No
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours, online
  • Handles large data volumes
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Sisense
  • Deployment: Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours, online
  • Elastic Data Engine
Sisense is an API-first data visualization solution that uses its one Elastic Data Engine to combine cached and live data to create optimized models. Companies can connect with any data source to build interactive dashboards, in addition to mining and filtering large amounts of data. For more advanced analytics, users can write their own R code into formulas and functions. Sisense is an ISO-compliant company that provides access controls all the way down to the process levels, and if there's ever a disaster, data is recovered from backup. It has pre-built connectors with multiple applications, including ERPs, such as Amazon, social media sites, and GitHub.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Secured access control
  • Connects with many popular apps

Cons

  • Pricing not provided but requires annual licensing commitment

What Customers Are Saying

Users across the board are pumped about "eCubes" as a data assembler. They also really enjoy the permission levels and how granular assigning them is. Some other users stated that when data grows too big, the eCubes can drastically slow down and require too many system resources to function adequately at that data stage. Still, most seemed happy with the software overall, especially when compared to some competitors.

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • Custom quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free demo
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • Support Options
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Relational Display
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours, online
  • Elastic Data Engine
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Tableau
  • Deployment: Mac, Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours, online
  • Prep Builder feature
Tableau is one of the more popular data visualization tools across many industries. Its intuitive interface makes it easy for users of any skill level to interpret data and uncover insights through rich visualizations, known as vizzes. Integrated AI/ML makes management and governance more streamlined, and the Prep Builder browser feature brings the process to a centralized environment. Tableau connects to at least 40 different sources.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • For users at any skill level
  • Centralized data preparation
  • Integrates with many data sources

Cons

  • Price is a bit steep and there’s only one plan

What Customers Are Saying

Most Tableau users have a tribe-like love for the software, with users from many different industries gushing about how "fantastically awesome" the feature set is. They also seem to love the direct integration with SalesForce. However, many users had harsh remarks about Tableau's software not having an autosave feature, which could lead to massive data loss if a system crashes.

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • $70/user/mo for Creator
  • Free Trial/Demo
    14-Day trial
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • Support Options
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Relational Display
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Mac, Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours, online
  • Prep Builder feature
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Zoho
  • Deployment: Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep)
  • Zia, AI assistant
Zoho’s Analytics app helps users organize raw data into actionable reports. With its intuitive drag-and-drop designer, they can aggregate data from various sources for reporting that gives insight into all levels of the company. AI assistant Zia crunches past data, forecasts trends, and automatically generates reports from natural language input. Collaboration is easy, and companies can even white label their own embedded analytics product. With over 500 ready-to-use connectors, Zoho is one of the most expandable data visualization solutions on the market.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Natural language AI assistance
  • Free plan with unlimited reports
  • Over 500 software connections available

Cons

  • No simulation modeling

What Customers Are Saying

Users really enjoy Zoho Analytics' ability to connect with virtually any data source. They're also "blown away" by the ability to automate data refreshes from any live data feed. Some users have stated that the software occasionally has odd quirks like dataset filter resets and that, overall, the software has a very steep learning curve.

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • $22/mo for Basic
    • $45/mo for Standard
    • $112/mo for Premium
    • $445/mo for Enterprise
  • Free Trial/Demo
    15-Day free trial
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • Support Options
    24/7 (Live Rep)
  • Relational Display
    No
Features
  • Deployment: Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep)
  • Zia, AI assistant

How We Chose the Best Data Visualization Software

Representing raw data as a graph or picture is one of the best ways for all stakeholders to understand the patterns quickly. Because the human brain is more attuned to visual information, it leads to better information absorption and quicker responses. By 2025, global data generated will be about 463 exabytes. To put that into context, that’s 463 with 18 trailing zeroes. For businesses to be able to understand their own sliver of this information, they need some of the best data visualization software available. For these five solutions, our criteria included the features they offered, integrations they offered, and the reports they could produce.

Data Visualization Features

Among some of the most useful features that can impact the decision-making ability is the dashboard feature. Being able to quickly view metrics that relate to the user’s particular department or role is desirable.

Integrations

Most users will need to interact with other software tools, such as email or a database. With pre-built integrations, the best data visualization software solutions make this process easy and seamless.

Reports

The reporting mechanism in the tool is there to offer detailed guidance about how to better present the data, because more options mean more insight.