Business intelligence tools are a type of application software designed to retrieve, analyze, transform and report data for business intelligence. The tools generally read data that have been previously stored, often, though not necessarily, in a data warehouse or data mart. They help you strategize and forecast processes based on accurate and refined data. Here are some of the best free Business Intelligence tools:
1. Qlik Sense Cloud: It is a free Business Intelligence, analytics and business discovery solution that lets its users utilise features like Database Data Connectors (MYSQL, MS Access, Oracle, Firebird, DataStax and much more), Cloud Strage Data Connectors (Amazon EC2, Amazon Redshift) and other data connectors such as SAP, Salesforce CRM, QuickBooks, SQL Server and Excel etc. It allows its users to conduct direct and indirect searches across all data globally or within a single field. It is comprised of three main components Qlikview Desktop, Qlikview Publisher, and Qlikview Server. In the Reports department, Qilk offers White Labelling, Visual Aids and Drill Down Ability that makes the reports more attractive and professional looking and it also offers data visualizations via expandable 2D and 3D charts, tables and graphs. It allows mobile support through Web Access.
2. Zoho Reports: Zoho Reports is a business intelligence tool that offers plans for Individual, Professional and Enterprise needs. It also offers a free plan that entails a number of extremely substantial features including Dashboards, File data connectors (CSV, XLS, JSON, TSV, HTML, XML), Database Data Connectors (MYSQL, SQL Server, Oracle and much more) and APIs which can be customised. Cloud Storage Data Connectors such as Google Drive, DropBox, One Drive, Box, Windows SQL Azure, Amazon RDS are also available in its free plan. It also offers its users with features like White Labelling, Visual Aids (Charts and Pivot Tables etc.) and Drill Down Ability in it Reports. In addition, Zoho Reports also lets its users utilise the security features such as 24/7 support, biometric authentication, undisclosed location of servers as well as redundancy. Multi device support is provided through web access.