Whether you’re choosing your first BI platform, looking to standardise on one, or thinking of switching your tool for another, making the wrong choice can be costly and disruptive.
But with so many vendors to choose from and with everyone promising the same thing, selecting the best fit can often feel overwhelming.
Self service? Check.
On the surface, all BI platforms appear to do the same. So choosing one should be easy, right? Just pick the most well-known vendor, connect your data, and you’re off to the races.
Sadly, things don’t often work out that way.
Integration restrictions, scaleability challenges and poor user uptake are just some of the obstacles you can experience on your BI journey.
Without this reporting tool, people would really struggle to do their job. The impact has been huge; people used to bombard IT with requests all the time. Now they can get what they want, when they need it.
You don’t want to make the wrong calls. You don’t want to end up with something that’s more expensive than you budgeted for or isn’t fit for purpose.
With our vendor-neutral and unbiased approach, we can help you:
Unearth the cost implications of different services and tools
Assess the breadth and depth of your data landscape
Understand the opportunities & potential hazards of your choices
Outline the next steps to progress, whether you work with us or not
Mark Endicott is a data visualisation expert with 10+ years experience spanning strategy, Business Intelligence and data analytics. With a deep passion for ‘making data dance’, Mark is obsessive about understanding the latest tools, and demonstrating their value to clients.Book a call with Mark
You’ll get neutral advice because we’re not a software vendor.
Unlike big firms, we care about quick wins, not billable hours.
You’ll be guided through the options openly and transparently.
You can get started with a low-cost benchmarking study.
How it works
Define your goals and motivations
We’ll do a deep dive into your aims, any existing BI tools you have, and your individual stakeholder use cases.
Build an assessment benchmark
We’ll review the findings and build a bespoke evaluation criteria which includes both “must-have” and “nice-to-have” functionality.
Decide which platform fits you best
We’ll score between 3-5 BI tools across each criteria, and produce a custom report with our final recommendations.
Improved knowledge on the choices available to you in the BI and reporting space and a firm plan on how to get them implemented.
An understanding of the analytics tools on the market and how they differentiate across areas like graphics, user experience, security and of course price.
You will be able to demonstrate to key decision makers or clients just how powerful good insight can be and have a plan to get there.
By choosing the most applicable tool for your unique circumstance and business, you’ll be able to avoid the regular pitfalls of a BI tool implementation.
Speak with our resident expert, Mark Endicott.Book A Call
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have something not covered here.
100% no. The outcome of this process is a bespoke recommendation entirely tailored to your organisation’s requirements and we would not be able to truly do this if we had to meet licence quotas with vendors. We therefore remain agnostic in this sense, with our only bias being towards platforms that we know can deliver the goods.
We have unrivalled hands-on expertise in all the major reporting and analytics platforms, including Tableau, Microsoft Power BI and IBM Cognos, in addition to warehousing and data integration technologies. From picking the best visualisation options to easily overlooked configuration hacks, we offer fresh perspectives, as well as full & frank advice on how to fill gaps in your capabilities.
We have numerous experiences of organisations that have either made the wrong choice, or been lumbered with the licensing costs for multiple platforms and have no methodology for choosing between the two. Both situations can have a financial impact and ruin a well intentioned data strategy, so it’s an important decision to get right. We also understand how much internal politics can interfere with tech decision making, and by providing assistance from the outside, we ensure the choice you make is not influenced in any way by these challenges.
We are passionate about helping people make the right decisions, we love working collaboratively with organisations to improve their operations and, of course, we are obsessed with data. So we have developed a model centring around a bespoke, analytical methodology for making valuable recommendations based on organisation specific requirements, that allows us to scratch all these itches whilst developing long lasting relationships with good people.
Whilst we do most of the leg work, including all of the testing and analysis, we do like to make this a collaborative effort so that you are informed and have plenty of chance to input and feedback along the way. So, without giving too much away, there will be a few occasions where we’ll work together in a workshop, or over a call, and we might ask you to collect pockets of feedback from other stakeholders in your organisation. Our aim is to make sure that you have the opportunity to shape the output, as often as is possible.
With so many BI tools out there, how do you pick the perfect platform for your needs? Our Data Visualisation expert Mark Endicott shows you how.Read more