Sabisu and PowerBI, Spotfire, Tableau, etc.

There are some excellent tools out there for reporting, including PowerBI, Spotfire, Tableau – though MS Excel is still the primary reporting tool for most customers.

We see customers do great things in these all the time. The problems come when they want to move the conversation on. Try giving PowerBI to a site or project director and you can see it’s just not designed with them in mind. They’re busy leading the operation. They need BI – but their job is performance management.

Sabisu is often brought in to take PowerBI, Spotfire or Tableau work to the teams executing the work and making the decisions; the leadership teams and their functional, workstream or discipline teams.

The key stopping points are often:

  • Sharing and controlling a report while securing it
  • Knowing which report to trust
  • Validating data as trustworthy
  • Controlling reports, so that reports from different teams can be properly compared
  • Annotating reports and sharing them
  • Initiating an action to resolve or manage issues highlighted by reports
  • Using complex analytics such as network analysis, anomaly detection, or machine learning
  • Reworking processes
  • Building a report flow that matches the review process
  • Eliminating the effort in compiling reports for external partners or leadership teams

Sabisu was designed to solve these problems. This is a significant list – it’s clearly not a list for a BI or analytics tool. These requirements are all about performance management.

Sabisu does have analytics and visualisation because they’re part of Sabisu’s seamless flow of work and information – they’re part of the ‘digital pipeline’:

A traditional BI tool is designed around the visualisation block with perhaps some simple analytics. As the ‘digital pipeline’ shows, the analytics & visualisation blocks are important to Sabisu but not the whole story. Effective performance management requires those other blocks.

As it happens, the reporting in Sabisu suits most reporting requirements. It doesn’t rely on customers having a particular BI tool to support it. Neither does it rely on any other tool to support other system capabilities. You don’t have to buy into a particular ecosystem or spend on development – a problem with other BI tools.

Underpinning Sabisu is an open approach. Extensive integration with MS Office meets many requirements and the platform is great for integrating with PowerBI, Tableau or Spotfire too.

So to wrap up, BI tools have their place. Sabisu may or may not replace them depending on your needs but it will always, always integrate with them.


We’re always interested in hearing from you with any comments or suggestions, feel free to get in touch.

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