We all know that data is the fuel that powers business growth today. Making the most of that data depends on getting it into the hands of business stakeholders so they can model, manipulate, and understand it better. The business analytics solution you choose will have a big impact on your organization's success.
If you're exploring data analytics solutions, you've got plenty of choices, including Oracle Analytics Cloud, Microsoft Power BI, and the desktop-based Tableau. But how can you tell which is best for enterprise-class insights? Over the last few months, I’ve had a chance to speak with industry experts about how these leading solutions compare to one another in terms of capabilities, scope, and usability. When you compare capabilities, experts agree that Oracle Analytics Cloud delivers the most complete, intuitive solution for scaling analytics to the enterprise.
Are You Really Seeing the Big Picture with Tableau?
Data visualization is a big part of unleashing the potential of data, but it's only part of what's required. To deliver a real payoff, you need business analytics that can go beyond just presenting data—you need business analytics that can go deeper into business processes themselves. According to Matt Yorke, Group Director at Qubix International, one of the main advantages of Oracle Analytics Cloud is its ability to not only deliver data visualization but provide a comprehensive view that spans the enterprise. Yorke says other solutions like Tableau have a much narrower scope, which can limit your ability to build meaningful analytics.
"Tableau made its mark by running department-level reports, and this is its Achilles' heel," Yorke says. "The problem is that each department then has its own—and different—view of the business. There is no single source of truth, and this compartmentalized view doesn't scale to the enterprise.
"Oracle Analytics Cloud makes the flow of insights from end to end easy, without additional products. It can grab the data, orchestrate it, analyze it, report it—visually and in published reports," Yorke says. "It can also do ‘what-if' modeling. There's no comparison with Tableau, which is very compartmentalized and limited."
How Much Time Are You Spending Customizing Microsoft Power BI?
To be truly effective, your solution should unifiy around a single product, not force you to cobble together a patchwork of multiple tools. Competing solutions like Microsoft Power BI have plenty of potential, but they often require you to craft together your customized solution to start gaining the insights you need. According to Stewart Bryson, CEO and founder of Red Pill Analytics, Oracle Analytics Cloud delivers all these capabilities in a single solution that integrates seamlessly with Oracle Cloud services, so you can start using your solution—and seeing real benefits—faster.
"Most other providers can't solve all the use cases," Bryson says. "You have to buy from other providers, layer on solutions, and architect them to work together. Oracle Analytics Cloud gives you direct access to cloud dataset and cloud services. In comparison, Microsoft Power BI requires a lot of configuration and plumbing."
Bryson also notes, "Oracle Analytics Cloud doesn't have those requirements; you can just spin up a service. With Oracle Data Visualization, you can connect to all of your Oracle Cloud offerings, as well as to other tools, with minimal configuration."
Getting More Value Faster
In a world where speed is everything, agility is key to an organization's success. For enterprise organizations, Oracle's rapid deployment and ease of use have delivered a substantial ROI. One global car rental company deployed Oracle Analytics Cloud in less than ten weeks, and implementation was smooth and successful. The company uses Oracle Analytics Cloud to display Oracle Business Intelligence dashboards and real-time financial data. These dashboards are used by operations and the corporation to monitor revenue and spending. Ninety-five percent of all these reports run in less than 60 seconds. Ultra-fast reporting means improved decision-making and rapid response to change.
Oracle Analytics Cloud Data Visualization is the new interface used by the company's analysts and data scientists for data preparation, data model creation, machine learning, and more. Analysts can now connect to multiple data sources, including Oracle Essbase cubes, and they can also import their own data in one click.
Don't Waste Any More Time with Incomplete Analytics Tools
With so many analytics solutions available, you can easily spend a lot of cycles building and fine-tuning a customized, multitool analytics solution. But is that what you want to be doing with your time? If so, be prepared for hidden integration and configuration costs, along with inconsistent insight into your business. Or you can eliminate a lot of headaches and all of that lost time, and simply choose Oracle Analytics Cloud.
If you want to see how our industry experts came to their conclusions, we've set up a website that outlines the difference between Oracle Analytics Cloud and the competition. We also encourage you to read our Technical Buyers Guide to Analytics, which includes more detailed analysis.