What are the best aspects of this product?
What we wanted was to provide our business users with a capable front-end tool, having in mind that we work with a mature data warehouse and several OLAP cubes related to it. Instead of loading our business and IT team with requests, we wanted to give users a self-service BI, but it was not just enough to discover an effective one-we wanted the tool to be modern and innovative, and that's exactly how we came across Necto. We loved it from the very first moment, as it provided multiple social features for collaboration, the same as a subscription option and content-based discussions. As the 'brain' behind the operation, we were surprised by its power to identify suspicious exceptions in our data and to notify us upon them, including inventory lacks, revenue drops, and the causes behind them. You're probably wondering how this is possible, but the truth is that he issue is very simple: we log in, make a threshold for exceptional behavior (when should data be considered exceptional and which warning symbols should appear in the cells to notify us about it). As expected, the tool is powerful enough to extract data from various sources (Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, Teradata, OLAP cubes, Salesforce, etc), but what is really impressive in the case is the simplicity of the process. It also has unique infographics due the fact that those are created directly from the users, meanin that KPIs is fairly advanced. Finally, mobile support is admirable (I didn't find a single difference between the mobile and the desktop version!), and I think that's a real blessing for employees that travel a lot.
What aspects are problematic or could work better?
Have in mind that the tool is not supporoted by Blackberry and it is not compatible with Macs. When deciding, take language into consideration, since the tool doesn't offer multiple languages. Besides, it is not the most predictive analytic tool, assuming that's what you're looking for. Overall, I am very satisifed, but I believe the product needs improvements, especially with customization features which are complex and limited in number.
What specific problems in your company were solved by this product?
Business Intelligence,analyzing data, self-service for business users
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