Short answer on this soliloquy: Data Visualization.
Long Answer: read this blog (I guess soliloquy is what people used before blogs). BI is a marketing term, Intelligence is an attribute of human. There is no such thing as BI software. However I know some good Data Visualization Software, which can produce interactive near real-time dashboards with synchronized charts and allow user to drilldown to a piece of data, which may help to user to act.
I have more fuzzy question for visitor of this blog: why we can see on market so many so called “BI vendors”:
- DV Leaders: Qlikview, Spotfire, Tableau, Visokio
- DV Misleaders: SAP, IBM, SAS, Oracle, Microsoft, Microstrategy, Information Builders.
- BI Vendors: Actuate, Panorama, Visual Mining, Pagos, Panopticon, Pentaho, Jaspersoft, Advizor Solutions, arcplan, …
- BDA Vendors: Teradata, EMC, Paradigm4, Vertica/HP, VoltDB, Infobright, …
- SDK Vendors for DV DIY (Do It Yourself) optimists and money/time wasters: Dundas, Infragistics, ComponentArt, FusionCharts, DevExpress, ComponentOne, Telerik, …
- Others (the list below may grow, but again, why this list is so long?):
- http://www.idbs.com/ (with remnants of InforSense and Quantrix)
If you have an addition to this list, please comment on this page or send a message. I guess Microstrategy wants to be on this list twice: http://www.microstrategy.com/freereportingsoftware/
Again, question is:
WHY SO MANY?