Choosing InetSoft Style Intelligence Over Oracle BI

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Differentiating Features

Enterprise Data Mashup - InetSoft’s Style Intelligence is built upon an enterprise data mash-up platform, while Oracle BI is based on an ETL and data warehouse approach. Enterprise data mashup refers to the ability to pull source data from any location and in almost any format and mash it up on the fly for dynamic information requests. The result is a structured virtual data model that consists of reusable data blocks that can be queried in real-time for presentation in Style Intelligence dashboards and reports, or used by 3rd-party applications.

Self-Service - InetSoft's data mashup functionality is available to both business and IT users, helping to maximize self-service. Through a drag-and-drop design interface, business users can create interactive visual analyses, dashboards, and reports to answer unanticipated questions without IT's help. In contrast, any unanticipated data manipulation in Oracle BI requires significant IT intervention to redefine data models. InetSoft enables further levels of self-service for less sophisticated users such as point-and-click personalization and modification of IT-built dashboards and analyses.

Data Caching - InetSoft's data cache parallelization architecture sits below the enterprise data mashup platform and delivers massive query performance boosts by relieving source data systems of potential overload from user queries. The architecture was inspired by columnar database technology and the Map Reduce algorithm allowing data in InetSoft's virtual data model to be cached and queried in parallel across servers. Oracle BI has no such feature.

Deployment - InetSoft deployments typically take between 1-2 weeks to launch with minimal business intelligence expertise required. Oracle BI rate among the most difficult within the BI industry as deployments may take 6-12 months to launch. And, since Oracle BI is a loosely coupled group of products, multiple Oracle BI product experts are required to launch a solution.

Data Connectivity - Oracle BIEE has out-of-the-box connection capabilities for data sources that adhere to ODBC and XMLA standards.  InetSoft is able to connect to the aforementioned data sources and also supports JDBC, POJO, Excel, text, Web Services (SOAP), Java APIs and SAP.  Additionally, InetSoft’s data modeling features provide a toolkit for visually building data models and data queries to extract information from diverse data sources. Oracle BI can only query data from heterogeneous data sources.

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. InetSoft solutions have been deployed at over 5,000 organizations worldwide, including 25% of Fortune 500 companies, spanning all types of industries. InetSoft was ranked among the top 5 BI vendors in Gleanster's customer survey report.
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