An Alternative to Metabase, A Comparison to InetSoft


Metabase offers an attractive looking visual SQL query building tool to serve ad hoc reporting and charting needs. InetSoft offers a completely customizable data visualization, analytics, dashboarding and reporting platform with a very strong data mashup and transformation engine.

Maturity of Code

InetSoft has 21 years of experience in business intelligence and reporting software development with sole control over source code. Metabase is a startup founded 3 years ago relying on the best efforts, open source model of code development.

Company Resources

InetSoft employee count is over 150. Metabase is under 10. InetSoft is profitable, self-funded, requiring no venture investment and control. Metabase is venture-backed with inherent uncertainty of future success or viability.

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Production Reporting

InetSoft support pixel-perfect production reporting which covers the breadth of paginated reporting, burst generation, and automated distribution options. Metabase has no production or paginated reporting capabilities.

Dashboard Design

InetSoft's designer is a blank canvas for laying out any desired set of charts with precise control of all graphic elements. Metabase does not offer a designer, only a rudimentary method of saving and resizing charts to view again.

Visualization Interactivity

InetSoft supports many interactive data exploration controls to make one or more charts be filterable and explorable, such as range sliders, selection lists, calendar selectors, and brushing. Metabase supports none of these. Charts are single-purpose views that result from designing a specific question, which is a visual process of writing an SQL query. Limited filtering is possible only through a confined drop-down method.

Archiving Reports, Dashboard Snapshots, Alerts, Chart and Data Exporting

InetSoft supports these. Metabase does not.

Advanced Chart Types

InetSoft supports many advanced chart types and options that Metabase does not, such as bullet charts, sparklines, histograms, top-n/bottom-n, custom maps, and conditional coloring.

Data Connectivity

Metabase connects to a handful of SQL-based sources and one Hadoop type. InetSoft connects to all of those plus many specialized enterprise application and cloud sources, plus spreadsheets, even those imported by end-users.

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Access and Permissions

Metabase only supports Google SSO and table-level access control. InetSoft supports many standard SSOs such as Active Directory and LDAP or custom ones and cell-level access control.

Data Mashup

Metabase does not support data mashup and connects only to a single source. InetSoft connects to as many sources as desired and enables mashing up of data even when field types aren't exactly matching. Complex join types are supported.

Data Transformation

Metabase only supports simple expressions. InetSoft supports the entire library of functions Excel does plus any custom function or algorithm.

Database Writeback

InetSoft supports this. Metabase does not.

Machine Learning

InetSoft supports machine learning via Spark. Metabase does not.

Embeddability, Multi-tenancy, API

InetSoft support a full range of embeddability from white-label OEM'ing with multi-tenancy and API access to displaying interactive visualizations in a portal. Metabase does not.

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About InetSoft

Since 1996 InetSoft has been delivering easy, agile, and robust business intelligence software that makes it possible for organizations and solution providers of all sizes to deploy or embed full-featured business intelligence solutions. Application highlights include visually-compelling and interactive dashboards that ensure greater end-user adoption plus pixel-perfect report generation, scheduling, and bursting. InetSoft's patent pending Data Block™ technology enables productive reuse of queries and a unique capability for end-user defined data mashup.

This capability combined with efficient information access enabled by InetSoft's visual analysis technologies allows maximum self-service that benefits the average business user, the IT administrator, and the developer. InetSoft was rated #1 in Butler Analytics Business Analytics Yearbook, and InetSoft's BI solutions have been deployed at over 5,000 organizations worldwide, including 25% of Fortune 500 companies, spanning all types of industries.

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