[The BI & Analytics Survey 23 results, not included in The BI & Analytics Survey 24] Founded in 1992, Dundas began building its reputation as an innovator in visualization software with its ‘Chart’ product, which it sold to Microsoft in 2007. Dundas BI was released in 2014 and launched the vendor into the market for all-in-one BI & analytics platforms. In 2022, insightsoftware acquired Dundas to extend its offering for embedded analytics, especially targeting software vendors that want to embed analytics into their offering.
Dundas focuses on two main usage scenarios with its flagship product: enterprise BI & analytics with self-service and embedded BI & analytics. The Dundas BI platform is a modern and integrated full-stack BI & analytics platform with core strengths in data visualization, operational dashboards and embedded analytics. With its clean, modern and responsive graphical interface, business users can integrate, prepare, visualize and share data as well as navigate through prebuilt BI applications. Dundas BI offers the ability to store data in an integrated data warehouse to combine data from multiple sources, speed up queries and store data from input forms. The product supports live access to various sources as well as data acquisition into a proprietary in-memory engine (cached). Dundas can be easily embedded and extensively customized as customers can leverage all functions via APIs.
Dundas BI was conceived with an emphasis on ease of use. To shield business users from the complexity of the powerful dashboard creation environment, customers can individually control the functions and features presented to them. The solution allows business users to create dashboards and more advanced users to build pixel-perfect print-oriented reports. Further presentation options include a dedicated scorecard editor and small multiples for producing a series of visualizations for comparison. These components all offer rich functionality for building individual applications with custom triggers and actions.
Dundas BI offers good support for data discovery by business users. The steps for data preparation and visualization are tightly integrated, making it feasible to iteratively analyze and enhance data to gain as much insight as possible. Visualizations are automatically created upon adding data to the canvas and there is an option to automatically change visualization types as more data is added. Calculations can be created quickly and directly from within visualizations. Although some improvements have been made, advanced analytics with guidance as well as user advisory for analysts remains one of the areas in which Dundas BI scores lower than competing vendors.
User & Use Cases
Dashboards and interactive analytics applications are Dundas’ predominant use case, which aligns with the vendor’s origins as a specialist for interactive dashboard provision. Consequently, 100 percent of business users consume these dashboards and reports, which are often created by dedicated developers. Both reporting and data analysis are a continuous use case for most customers, while advanced analytics capabilities are less frequently used.
The product’s prime audience consists of mid-sized companies (41 percent). We also see significant traction among large organizations (28 percent). With strengths in operational dashboards and embedded solutions, we expect Dundas to continue serving companies of all sizes with its BI and analytics platform.
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