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Is there any tool that is comparable to EazyBi that is user friendly? Edited

We currently have EazyBi but most of our users are having a challenge using this tool.  Seeking for a user-friendly tool. 

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Full disclosure, I'm working at eazyBI and support eazyBI reports for Jira.

I'm sorry to hear the the eazyBI interface is challenging for most of your users. I can only agree that a Business Intelligence and analytics tool might be one of the most challenging apps out there. This is mainly because of the underlying complexity of data. Users are required to understand the data they want to analyze, as well as the concept of pivotal tables, dimensions, and metrics – all these concepts are common to all data analytics tools.

Here at eazyBI we are trying to make simple things easy and complex things possible. It is an ongoing process and we rely heavily on your feedback. We deliberately try to hide complex things and reduce the clutter to make the interface more intuitive for end users.

The good thing is that once users understand these basic concepts and know some MDX, they can build virtually any custom report with eazyBI.

Currently we are working on the report builder interface, to make it more user friendly and intuitive for new users. Many user interface updates will be gradually released in upcoming months. Stay tuned!

If you'd like to be a part of this change, please send your suggestions and feedback to support@eazybi.com or https://community.eazybi.com – we'd love to hear from you.

 

A few comments on the facts listed above:

The eazyBI installation process is relatively simple and straightforward.

  • Install eazyBI using the Jira Plugin Manager
  • Set database connection
  • Select projects you'd like to analyze/report on
  • Import – all the data and sample reports will be available out-of-box. Additional Jira Software reports or Jira Service Desk reports are available in public eazyBI report library and can be imported into personal eazyBI accounts.

There are many additional configuration options to fine-tune eazyBI for your needs, but most are optional.

eazyBI does not require users to create and configure multi-dimensional cubes or understand them. eazyBI supports one universal cube relating all the Jira data and users can drag and drop dimensions and measures to create reports with a few clicks. Users should grasp concepts of pivot tables, dimension, and measures – this is required for any analytics tool.

The upcoming eazyBI 5.0 is powered by the latest Mondrian 8 engine.

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We support Analytics and BI for Jira app. 

Compared to eazyBI:

  1. It's much easier to install and configure (one click only to install from the Marketplace)
  2. It requires zero administration: it fully works out of the box.
  3. It is powered by Mondrian 4 the newer version of the same engine that also powers eazyBI (they use Mondrian 3)
  4. eazyBI supports a lot of data sources. Our app only one: the User's JQL queries.
  5. eazyBI replaces Jira security by its own accounts system. Our app is 100% fully compliant with Jira permissions in real-time.
  6. eazyBI requires to create and configure multidimensional cubes and therefore some knowledge about analytics concepts which is too hard for a lot of users as you mentioned. Our app supports one universal cube relating all the Jira data and the users load the facts to measure by exporting JQLs from the Issue Navigator with a single click.
  7. eazyBI provides its own proprietary GUI. Our app integrates Saiku: a very popular open source tool,  very flexible and powerful client for Mondrian which allows to perform analytics multidimensional queries with drag and drop too, make powerful custom calculations with dialog wizards, etc.
  8. eazyBI does not support industry-standard XMLA protocol. Our app yes. So you can plug JQL-based cubes into third-party applications for integration.
  9. Both support MDX language for multi-dimensional queries.

IMHO, it worths having a look. This is a short video explaining how it works.

EazyBI is more flexible and powerful, but much more difficult too. On the other hand, our app is awesomely easy in comparison and do the job for a lot of daily basis analytics.

 

Furthermore, we also support a complete suite for reporting beyond complex BI tools.

  • SQL+JQL Driver is a nice reporting solution loved by users who know SQL and JQL. It resolves all the drawbacks of using SQL in Jira (mostly security)
  • Eclipse BIRT is a step forward. It supports advanced reports for Jira Dashboards and Confluence pages with unrivaled customization. It provides a desktop tool to create reports with drag&drop, scripting, etc. A lot of large organizations have created a pool of report designers to build reports and documents for the rest of the organization. not for end users, though.

 

Looking forward to your feedback here. It would be very interesting getting the user's point of view instead of a vendor's point of view :).

Thanks, just played the short video and it looks like it's going to work for us. I need to look into this deeper and present to our group if this is something that might replace what we currently have. 

@Pablo Beltran 

Currently, running into where we can only export 1,000 results.  We limit it so that it won't affect the performance. But if we increase this, would the retrieving of the report be super slow? 

This number is the default Jira limit for all the users to run JQL queries. Jira administrators can modify it. 

 

We wanted that the app respects the Jira's default behavior. Fortunately, there is an easy workaround: write a simple JQL returning few issues (<1000), export to the Analitycs console.

From the next page, replace the jql parameter from the browser URL by your JQL returning more than 1000 issues.

I've documented it here.

Hi @Pablo Beltran !

At https://marketplace.atlassian.com/apps/1215775/easy-bi-analytics-for-jql?hosting=server&tab=overview the following is announced:

"IMPORTANT: This app will be archived on October 18th 2019."

Will this app be replaced with a payment one? How much will it cost then? (e.g. 100 users)

If not, could you explain us anything about this archivement?

Thanks!

Hi @Leirbag Assuab

Essentially because of the poor acceptance of the app. Despite that it's really friendly and powerful it looks like the users are massively given it their backs.

As we are a small company that already offer other powerful reporting solutions we prefer to put the focus on the popular ones (SQL+JQL Driver, Eclipse BIRT, ...)

 

Currently, this is three-in-one:

  1. SQL+JQL Driver (as SQL data source) +
  2. Mondrian (as analytics engine and XMLA Server) +
  3. Saiku  (as XMLA analytics client).

 

And we plan to support XMLA natively in our SQL+JQL Driver (without Mondrian)

  1. SQL+JQL Driver (as XMLA server)
  2. Excel (as XMLA client)

 

Which will be easier to maintain, more flexible and powerful.

 

Bests,

Pablo

Hi @Leirbag Assuab

Actually there is a simple workaround to make custom analytics with SQL+JQL. You can do the same things (and much more) than with the discontinued Analytics and BI for Jira app. 

Simply, built your queries and export them as web sources as described here. Now you can use all the power of analytics from MS Excel (Pivot tables, charts, etc) and even from MS Power BI desktop to work with Jira data.

 

Enjoy.

Pablo

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Hi @Pablo Beltran 

Thanks for that info.

Regards,

Leirbag.

@Juanita  take a look at Screenful Dashboard for Jira. It's an out-of-the-box dashboard, which does not require extensive configuration or learning complex queries. You'll get highly visual, interactive charts like the one below: 

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