InetSoft vs Plecto Comparison

InetSoft is one of the best Business Intelligence vendors on the market, an all around BI platform that offers actionable insights for business users at thousands of organizations worldwide. InetSoft Style Intelligence's customer ratings recorded by analyst firm G2 Crowd attest the excellency of the Style Intelligence data platform and the eminent support services that are provided with it. In a recent comparison, Style Intelligence beat Plecto in a majority of G2 Crowd ratings.

According to independent users, InetSoft's data intelligence platform is more effective at meeting user requirements than Plecto. User experiences with SI also indicate that it has more comprehensive functionality than its competitor, complete with clear and concise documentation for both users and developers, and a great support team.

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A Plecto Alternative that Makes Analysis Easy

Users of Style Intelligence have found that overall it is easier to do business with InetSoft than Plecto. Style Intelligence is an agile business intelligence platform which comes ready to use, and has very powerful and flexible features. Users find that the time to get to a functional level of experience is very short with SI. Style Intelligence also rates higher in Ease of Setup, making it a favorite of IT staff as well as business users.

On the other hand, those who deploy Plecto find that more time is required for their investment to produce returns. Companies that are chasing the cutting edge should consider Style Intelligence instead, a very robust tool that can pull data from multiple databases to produce reports and interactive dashboards.

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Dashboards and Reports Customization

InetSoft Style Intelligence is one of the more industrious BI products on the market, designed with an open architecture that balances flexibility with ease of use. Users found Style Intelligence to be superior to its competitor in building reports, specifically in the areas of Data Transformation, Data Modeling, WYSIWYG, and APIs.

InetSoft's explicit GUI makes the process of creating data analytic reports easier than many other BI vendors. Plecto has many features that are not intuitive, doesn't have sufficiently detailed documentation for users, and requires a high competency in data warehousing. Style Intelligence has a ready to use interface with consistently powerful features and the tools that allow any user to able to create very sophisticated dashboards and reports quickly.

Rich Visualization Functionality

Style Intelligence's advanced tools for visualization are rich in functionality; the level of customization through Javascript is striking and supports a large variety of use cases. Reviews on G2 Crowd show the strength of Style Intelligence in building dashboards and reports and rate its Report Interface, Steps to Answer, Score Cards, and Dashboards as significantly superior to its rival.

Users of Plecto have had problems figuring out how to control tables and join them within reports, to the point where some have had to create free form SQL reports instead, which are messy to maintain. With Style Intelligence, power users can do incredibly complicated mashups and reporting and deliver the results to users with ease. InetSoft makes this process easier than many other BI vendors.

InetSoft offers support at the business level with managers and on the technical level with engineers, tailoring its support individually for each organization. This and other strengths help explain Style Intelligence's superior rankings as an all around BI platform.

InetSoft Scored Higher than Plecto in the Following Areas



  • Meet Requirements
  • Ease of Use
  • Ease of Setup
  • Ease of Admin

  • Self Service

  • Calculated field
  • Data Column Filtering
  • Data discovery

  • Platform

  • Customization
  • User, Role, and Access Management
  • Performance and Reliability
  • Breath of Partner Applications

  • Feature


  • Reports Interface
  • Steps to Answer
  • Graphs and Charts
  • Score Cards
  • Dashboards

  • Building Reports

  • Data Visualization
  • Big Data Service
  • Data Transformation
  • Data Modeling
  • WYSIWYG report Design
  • Integration APIs
  • Data Mashup Capabilities

    Style Intelligence is very agile when it comes to mashing up data from multiple sources, extracting data from homogeneous or heterogeneous data sources and transforming the data into usable, internal tables for analytic reports. It's extreme capabilities in data mashup stands InetSoft out from competitors such as Plecto which lacks the ability for a grid report to bring in multiple sources of data, thus limiting options for visualizations. Style Intelligence is designed with an open architecture that allows it to be integrated with other elements of a data warehouse system, making it possible to create out of the box reports and dashboards using a single metadata layer.

    Whereas Plecto falls short in visualization options, Style Intelligence provides great functionality in visualization with a great level of customization through Java and Javascript. Style Intelligence has great range of functionality along with open systems standards that empower the creation of unique solutions in dashboard and report design, giving management the insights they need to operate more efficiently.

    "Style Intelligence is a very robust tool that points at multiple data bases with many functions and flexibility". John M. Director of Business Solutions -TSG, INC

    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 solutions have been deployed at over 5,000 organizations worldwide, including 25% of Fortune 500 companies, spanning all types of industries.

    Read why choosing InetSoft's cloud-flexible BI provides advantages over other BI options.