Straight Talk: Yurbi vs DOMO; Strengths and Weaknesses

Straight Talk BI ReviewsKeeping informed about new business intelligence (BI) software is important to us at 5000fish. That’s because understanding the pros and cons of other BI tools gives us the knowledge to help our prospective customers choose the best BI solution for their needs best.

Domo isn’t brand new; but it hasn’t been on the market long and many business leaders we speak with want to know more about Domo and understand how it compares to Yurbi. If you’re one of them, read on as we explore the advantages and potential drawbacks of Domo and Yurbi.

Note: Domo is a notoriously secretive company, and doesn’t publish many details of its product on the web. This comparison was created based on our personal experience with the product, our conversations with our prospective customers who’ve considered buying Domo, and many online reviews.

Background on Domo

Founded five years ago by serial entrepreneur Josh James, Utah-based Domo has generated a great deal of buzz. In addition to receiving over $613.7 million in funding, Domo boasts 1,000-plus customers, including major organizations like National Geographic, EBay and Goodwill. Domo is a Cloud BI solution that’s known for its highly appealing executive style dashboards.

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Comparison of Yurbi and DOMO

Yurbi and DOMO are both agile business intelligence products, but that’s about where their similarities end. Here seven ways in which Yurbi and Domo differ.

  1. Price

    Domo doesn’t publish their pricing, but from what we’ve been told by business leaders that have looked into buying Domo, they’re charging $1,500 per user, per month and that’s after you meet their minimum of $25,000 per year. We’ve heard that Domo doesn’t typically get involved with deals that are less than $50,000. Domo also requires clients use Domo’s professional services to install the software that’s needed to migrate on-premise data to Domo’s Cloud, and that runs about $25,000. Although Domo might not be as pricey as big-names like SAP Business Objects or QlikView, it’s still cost prohibitive for most small to mid-sized organizations. {Update April 2016:  Domo released a public price page, you can learn more about their price here.)

Yurbi starts at $250 per month for 5 users, and as your user base grows, the cost of Yurbi tiers down. You can get started with Yurbi for as little as 5 users or $2500 per year, and because it was made to be user-friendly it’s easy to install and maintain- so it doesn’t require professional services or additional costs. If you’re running Yurbi and have a question, Yurbi’s Customer Success team is standing by to provide an answer.

  1. Dashboards

    We’ll be frank: If we had $483 million in funding, Yurbi’s dashboards would look like Domo’s. Domo’s dashboards are like eye-candy to the executive that wants a pretty overview of his or her organization. They offer more interactivity than Yurbi, but we estimate that for 80 percent of businesses, Yurbi has plenty of dashboard interactivity. And there are several other dashboard solutions that, similar to Yurbi, offer robust features at an affordable price. But, if you’re in the 20 percent of organizations that need the “wow” factor and interactivity Domo offers (and you can afford it) then Domo might be a good choice.

  2. Completeness of Solution

    With Domo, your data is copied into the Domo cloud database, and a preprogrammed (or developer programmed) widget creates appealing, large view metrics. But, if you want to do trend analysis, ad-hoc reporting or query building with Domo, you’re out of luck. You can’t slice and dice data with Domo, or drill down into data for greater insights.

Yurbi not only delivers a solid dashboard, it also allows the business user to perform a wide range of data discovery. From ad-hoc reporting to exporting data into R, SaaS, or Excel for deeper data analysis, Yurbi is a complete BI software solution that can be successfully leveraged by non-technical users.

  1. Data Source Connections

    Domo trumps Yurbi if your organization requires connection to a number of Cloud-based resources like Salesforce and QuickBooks. Yurbi connects to nearly any in-house ODBC data source (such as SQL, Oracle, MySQL, etc.), or CSV files and Excel Workbooks, but as of right now, it doesn’t connect to Cloud resources without taking a “fetch and store” approach (which has many benefits).

  2. On-premise vs. Cloud

    Yurbi is installed on-premise, whereas Domo is Cloud-based. This fundamental difference has important ramifications.

You can install Yurbi on a Cloud server and make it Cloud-enabled yourself, but it’s not a Cloud BI solution like Domo. With Yurbi, you keep your data in-house and update and maintain the software; with Domo, you turn your data over to the Domo Cloud, and Domo is responsible for updates and maintenance.

Because Yurbi connects directly to your database, your reports and dashboards are real-time; the data is fresh and current. As a Cloud-based solution, Domo replicates your database, so your dashboards and reports are only as up-to-date as the last migration of data.

  1. Security

    Domo’s website doesn’t provide much information about its security features, but we can tell you that security is one of Yurbi’s top priorities. In fact, we’d put Yurbi’s security up against that of any other business intelligence product on the market.

Yurbi’s “App Shield” feature provides centralized data level security. That means once the administrator creates a security profile for a user or group, it’s instantly applied throughout the entire Yurbi platform.

  1. Mobile Strategy

    Yurbi offers a 100% HTML5 interface that’s optimized for desktop, tablet, and mobile. It works across all major smartphones and platforms, from Apple to Windows, so you always have access to your data. From what we know, Domo currently only offers an iPad interface- but as the product matures, this may change.

Yurbi vs DOMO: Our Bottom Line

If you don’t need to drill down into data and executive style dashboards are sufficient, then you might find Domo helpful. And, if from a safety perspective, you’re focused on partnering with a business that’s getting a great deal of buzz and backed by strong investors, Domo could be worth looking into further.

But keep in mind that Domo isn’t cheap, and there are other Cloud BI solutions as well as on-premise BI solutions that not only offer enhanced features, but also offer better price to value. If you want an affordable tool that gives stakeholders the power to connect to external data sources, drill down into data, and easily extract it, then Yurbi might be a good fit for your needs.

If you found this review of Yurbi versus Domo helpful, and you want to discover how Yurbi compares to other BI tools, we encourage you to read more straight talk reviews.

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