Style Intelligence is hard to grasp
Style Intelligence is a BI product from Inetsoft. It is a product that is difficult to classify in a specific area. This is because the product was originally developed as a data discovery and visualization tool. In a later stage, there were more features added to it. This makes it more of a general BI product.
One of the strengths of Style Intelligence is that the data preparation and merging of data sources can be made entirely visual and creating reports and dashboards is an integral part of the same toolkit. Herein, the product is unique and, therefore, very difficult to position.
According to the supplier a complete BI tool
The Style Intelligence vendor indicates emphatically that, with this product, they have a complete BI solution for organizations, but the question is whether they can live up to this ‘claim’. Our opinion is that there are too many basic BI functionality missing in order to be classified as an Enterprise BI solution.
The solution scored lower on self-service BI, Cloud BI and social aspects. The Power of Style Intelligence is primarily in the areas of visualization, ease of use, security and connectivity.
Review of Style Intelligence in our survey (partial results)
- Infrastructure & architecture
- Cloud architecture
- Core Functionality
- Usability and visualization
- Mobile Business Intelligence
"This is a difficult product to classify, our initial thought was to include it with the new Data Discovery and Visualization products because that is what it clearly does well. The vendor insist that they are an operational bi platform, but we did not found much proof for that claim." Read more in our 100% vendor neutral BI Tools Survey.
Data linking is very simple and therefore a cheaper process
The data mashup makes it possible to kind of unlock all known types of sources, according to Inetsoft. This is done in a visual way, thus saving costs and this process is supercharged and is therefore up to 10 times quicker than what is normally the case.
Style Intelligence is a product consisting of the components: Style Intelligence platform, Scope, and Report Studio. All these products are visual in their set-up and support the process that can be performed by users themselves.
The benefits of Style Intelligence software
Style Intelligence software certainly has a number of significant benefits for the users:
- It is easy for the user to operate the strong visual interaction with the software.
- Nearly all types of sources that are standard, can be linked.
- Works on many different types of devices and since version 12 also with native iOS and Android.
- Has a strong visual interface when it comes to the ‘data preparation’ process.
- All components of data preparation through data discovery are fully integrated with each other. This will allow end users to perform independent business intelligence activities.
What to look out for with Style Intelligence software
Style Intelligence software seems to be a good choice for end users, but you must take into account the following:
- The solution doesn’t contain enough basic functionality to be seen as a full Enterprise BI solution.
- The solution is difficult to categorize, making it sometimes difficult to determine what ‘problem’ Style Intelligence solves for an organization. In other solutions, it is much simpler to indicate this.
- Inetsoft is a relatively small player in the BI market, although they themselves say they are much larger.
- It scores poorly on key aspects such as BI functionality and predictive analytics.
Inetsoft as Style Intelligence supplier
Inetsoft is a relatively small organization that is focused on delivering a single product, Style Intelligence. Unlike many other vendors that provides a range of software and solutions. The company was founded in 1996 and is mainly operational in America and England. They have about 120 personnel in service and set to deliver a complete BI solution. According to Inetsoft, Style Intelligence has over 1 million users and over 300 customers.
Strategic positioning Style Intelligence
As already mentioned, Style Intelligence is hard to categorize. In certain aspects it scores high, but in other aspects they score low. Style Intelligence is seen by us as a niche player that served a specific audience.
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Style Intelligence compared to other BI suppliers
As previously indicated, Style Intelligence is strong in some areas and weaker in others. What they are and how these elements relate to each other is evident in our fully independent Business Intelligence Tools Survey 2017.
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Style Intelligence expertise
If you choose Style Intelligence then you choose a visual way to create data suitable for using, assembling and presenting the data. This makes for a strong acceleration of this process. It is important to find out where to start, which type of dashboards to use and what to do if the data is not complete.
The experts of Passionned Group get this in their daily practice and are able to work with your organization’s data so it can be converted into useful management information. If you ever want to talk about your challenges or if you don’t want to do the implementation yourself, contact one of our experts, they are happy to help.
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