By Kelsy Ketchum, Better Buys
Use with permission with Exago BI
Finding the right business intelligence (BI) solution to embed in your software is often difficult. With so many options on the market, knowing which choice is best can overwhelm even the most experienced software professional.
Depending on the customization options and specific tools you want, there are certain features you’ll be looking for. But a solution’s cons are just as important as its pros: they’re important warning signs that you may not be getting what you need.
Here are five major red flags you’ll want to avoid when picking an embedded BI tool. If you see any of these while evaluating a vendor, you may want to proceed with caution or pursue a different vendor entirely.
1. No free trial period
The opportunity to take embedded BI tools for a spin and see how they work with your business and software is essential to making a purchasing decision.
If a vendor is insisting you pay before trying the tool out, it may be a scam and not worth your time or money. It’s also just not a good investment, since you’ll be going in blind and unable to verify exactly what you’re getting.