We have a mature data warehouse and a few OLAP cubes built on top of it and now we are looking for the best front-end tools for our business users. The goal is to get some load off the IT and BI development team and provide the end-users with the tool for self service BI. We have been evaluating a couple of the solutions present on the market and Necto has caught our attentions because of some great innovative features.
We were thrilled with the capability to collaborate with other users utilizing social features such as the ability to subscribe to users, initiate context-based discussions and search for users and relevant content within the system.
Also, Necto will automatically identify exception in your data, such as drops in revenue, lack of inventory etc. and offer automated insights and potential root causes. A user can define a threshold to determine when a data point is considered an exception and an exclamation mark or other warning symbol will appear in cell when the data falls within this definition.
One of the features that is expected for tools of this kind, but is very basic in some of the products, is the ability to extract the data from multiple sources. It is available in Necto and it offers a wide range of data sources such as Microsoft SQL Server, OLAP cubes, Oracle, Teradata, Salesforce etc and add data from Excel spreadsheets and flat files as well.
Infographics are a great and unique feature. For me, they are a new, enhanced version of KPIs. Users can create their own infographics or choose from the existing.
Support for mobile devices is very good and it allows the same look and feel in all devices (desktop, laptop, tablet, mobile phone) which is great for the companies that have users who travel a lot and are often in the field.
Not compatible with Macs and not supported for Blackberry.
Does not support multiple languages.
Needs more support for predictive and forecast analysis.
Reporting customization features are limited to some extent, which might be a problem for advanced users.
This product has some unique features such as infographics and great support for collaborations. Looks like most of the features supported by the competition are in there, so I don't see any problems related to that. I would suggest evaluating this tool and I'm sure some of the users are going to find it very powerful.
Reporting, business intelligence, self-service BI, data analysis.