When a business intelligence software program averages five out of five stars in customer reviews, that’s a pretty good sign. And that’s what dashboard software Geckoboard does. The dashboarding program has 14 reviews on Gartner Digital Markets sites, and 11 of them give it a perfect score.
Clearly, Geckoboard is meeting the needs of those customers. It offers features such as:
- A range of visualizations that can be set up quickly,
- An API that lets you integrate data from whatever source you use
- The ability to access dashboards from your phone
But every customer’s needs are different. That’s why I’ve put together this alphabetically organized list of five stellar Geckoboard alternatives—to help you figure out which program fits your business best.
Cyfe integrates with almost 1,000 data sources, compared to Geckoboard’s 64. That’s not the only impressive thing about Cyfe, however.
For one, it saves past data, so you can check your progress over time. For another, it’s a busy professional’s best friend: You can export your data to JPG files, get text updates on your phone about when a certain metric is met, and even schedule your social media posts over various platforms.
A Cyfe dashboard
Cyfe offers two plans:
- Basic: Free
- Premium: $19/month if charged monthly ($14 if annually); includes unlimited dashboards, unlimited users
Dasheroo is a great source for the sort of features you look for in a dashboard: All your information in one place, information visible to multiple team members, and, of course, organization. You can also integrate over 400 sources of data.
Another notable Dasheroo feature is the “data insight mashup.” What gets “mashed” are the data points from two different metrics. The result is something akin to a combo chart, or a graph that compares measurements, so you can see which of the things you’re measuring correlate.
Data mashups can show you what, if any, correlation there is
Dasheroo offers four plans:
- Free: One dashboard
- Tall: $9/month; features four dashboards
- Grande: $19/month; features eight dashboards
- Venti: $39/month; features 20 dashboards
Like Geckoboard, Grow has a relatively high rating on Capterra, with a 4.5 out of five stars from 62 reviews. Customers talk about how easy it is to set up the software, then start using. Given that business intelligence of any sort is valuable for its fast time-to-insight, this makes Grow especially useful.
Grow’s customer support is another oft-cited strong point. If you’re not that tech savvy, and even supposedly “easy” software evades you, your software vendor’s customer service representatives will become your best friend. While dashboards make your business data viewable, those easy visualizations can have a learning curve.
Another way Grow strives to satisfy consumers is their data integration. Grow offers to build an integration for you if you don’t see it already offered with the program. So if you’ve got a specific way of keeping records that may be out of the ordinary, Grow can help you bring those records into line with your dashboards.
An example Grow dashboard on desktop and mobile
Contact Grow for a price quote.
Hesitant to start dashboarding? Try starting out with one of Klipfolio’s predesigned dashboards. Klipfolio is not the only company to offer dashboard templates, but it’s the sort of templates they’ve designed that is impressive.
For example, Klipfolio has dashboard templates that focus specifically on social media, or organic traffic within your Google Analytics account, or even ones that show how your Facebook ads are doing. Chances are, at least one campaign you’re running could get something out of one of these preset dashboards.
There’s also an impressive range of sources you can integrate, too, stretching as far as productivity app Todoist. (This can be either good or bad, dependent on how efficient you are.)a Klipfolio dashboard example
Klipfolio offers three pricing plans:
- Starter: $19/month if charged monthly ($17 if annually); includes five users and five dashboards
- Publish: $39/month if charged monthly ($35 if annually); includes five users and ten dashboards
- Grow: $89/month if charged monthly ($80 if annually); includes unlimited users and 20 dashboards
- Team: $199/month if charged monthly ($179 if annually); includes unlimited users and 45 dashboards
Microsoft Power BI is one of the power players in the BI space. Doubt me? Check out where it appears in Gartner’s 2017 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence. Its position in the Leader’s quadrant reflects the reach of Power BI, the range of capabilities, and also the quality of its product roadmap. (The full report is available to Gartner clients.)
Power BI makes it about as easy as any program to learn how to dashboard, thanks to a drag-and-drop interface. If you’ve moved files around on your desktop, or dragged images into documents, building a dashboard in Power BI will be similarly easy.
Overall, I liken it to Microsoft Word: it takes a little getting used to, but once you’ve learned the basics, you can design something impressive with little effort.
A Power BI dashboard
Power BI also connects to a wide range of data sources. Not the least of these is Excel, the program which a huge number of companies still use for their business intelligence. Given that Microsoft makes both programs, you know you’ll be in good hands getting your flat files into Power BI’s more workable, agile shape.
Microsoft Power BI offers three pricing plans:
- Power BI Desktop: Free, but you won’t be able to share or collaborate, limited to desktop (as the name suggests)
- Power BI Pro: $9.99 per user, per month
- Power BI Premium: Contact Microsoft for a quote
Still Interested In BI Dashboards?
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