At 5000fish, we want our customers and prospects to be fully educated about business intelligence (BI) solutions before, during, and after making a purchasing decision. This is why we like to share our insight and expertise within the BI space.
One question we have seen pop up frequently is, “Is there a good free BI solution?” As business intelligence grows in popularity, businesses are searching for the most cost-effective solution for their data and reporting needs. There are several free BI options on the market that provide a no-risk entry into business intelligence for smaller use cases.
However, we caution those searching for a no-cost solution to really understand what a free BI solution offers at the zero dollar price point. The no-cost BI solutions are often a tease to a more robust, useful, and expensive product. These free business intelligence products will be limited in functionality and may require more technical skills. That being said, there are a few free business intelligence solutions we believe are worth noting:
Most of the free BI tools listed above are stripped down versions of their paid counterparts and will likely not be robust enough for an entire business’ data and analytics needs. However, if you only need access for one user, have the technical skills to leverage the open source BI tools listed, or want a low-risk introduction to a vendor’s paid BI software, free BI may be a viable option for your needs.
Previously, we offered a free version of Yurbi named Yurbi Community Edition, but we stopped offering this edition due to a shift in focus of our customer success efforts to our paying customers because we are a bootstrapped organization. However, we offer and encourage a 30-day free trial of Yurbi or a free hosted test-drive version of Yurbi so that our customers can kick the tires of our software before purchasing because we believe trialing BI software is a huge key in purchasing the right solution.
Plus we try to make Yurbi affordable for companies of all sizes and scope. Our goal is to keep the cost of BI software affordable but to also reduce the overall cost of ownership, specifically the cost of implementation, deployment, and operations of a BI solution. You can download our Price Guide to learn more about our simple, configurable, and transparent pricing model.
Do you know of other free options that should be added to this list? Please leave a comment below or contact us with the info.