Halo

Halo

Supply chain analytics and business intelligence platform

4.5/5 (47 reviews)

Halo Overview

Halo is a supply chain analytics and business intelligence software which combines automated data integration, analytics, and visualization in a single platform, designed to meet the needs of a range of business functions including supply chain planning, procurement, operations, finance, manufacturing, sales & merchandising.

Halo allows users to import data from multiple sources, including database platforms such as Oracle, DB2, and SQL Server, ERP systems such as SAP and Microsoft Dynamics, and other business applications including QuickBooks, Sage, and much more. Data for various sources, both internal and external, can be consolidated in a single data warehouse, with support for structured and unstructured data from suppliers, vendors, partners, third-party logistics, and Internet of Things (IoT) data from sensors.

Halo includes a number of automated data transformation and manual data manipulation tools, designed to simplify and automate data cleansing, allowing users to combine data from multiple sources. Formats for similar item classifications can be consolidated, geo-coding can be used for address correction, and users can setup automated data cleansing sequences and maintenance runs. Once data has been cleansed, users can visualize any patterns, trends, and relationships with drag-and-drop dashboards and point-and-click drill-down and drill-up. Built-in forecasting and predictive analytics tools allow users to carry out what-if modeling, complex comparison analysis, risk scoring with likelihood and impact evaluation.

Pricing

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Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Devices

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Markets

Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Germany, United Kingdom, United States

Supported Languages

English

Halo Reviews

Overall rating
4.5/5
91% positive reviews
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T. eric E.

Halo has unlocked the data from the Dynamics AX safe

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2016/11/17
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

Prior to having a BI solution we were like many other companies I am sure. Exporting data straight from our ERP system into mostly Excel based reports. This was not only time consuming but also led to many errors in reporting, often having more than one version of the truth. That is why we decided to explore what our options were with BI. During our evaluation of many different BI vendors/software we quickly saw Halo rise above the rest. Halo Source is everything you need from a data warehouse, and cube creation perspective. On top of that, it is using full Microsoft based technology which makes the learning curve extremely fast, even for those non-developers. A deciding factor for Halo was the data quality module. Everyone has some form of dirty data, but Halo has a solution for that. It was the only company that offered this sort of feature and was a major reason we selected Halo as our business intelligence solution. You absolutely do not need to know how to write SQL to spin up your own data warehouse and cubes for use with Halo Prism. On the topic of Prism it is very streamlined visualization tool. Drag and drop with as many visual options as you would need. Prism has allowed us to gain insight into our data that we have struggled see. We truly believe that this will be one our most successfully projects that has the largest impact since our ERP implementation, and even then this is really the icing on the cake for our complete ERP suite.

Pros

Support from the point of sale and beyond. I have never been sold a product where the vendor kept constant contact even after the sale and install. Halo truly cares about their customers and their product, and we look forward to a long successful relationship with them.
Prism is extremely user friendly, drag and drop measures and dimensions to quickly and easily answer questions about your business.
Only software/solution to address data quality as a key part of the ETL process.
Solution experts who really know my business and our ERP system.
Training was exceptional.
Prebuilt templates to address industry specific needs.

Cons

Wish we could have moved forward with our BI approval faster. This was on us not Halo we just were not sure as a Business what we wanted. But once we had our demo it was clear Halo was our top choice. Power BI put a wrench in this process giving pause from our Executives, but once I tried to replicate some reports in Power BI and saw how large the learning curve was and that it did not include the foundation of any BI solution (a data warehouse) Halo again was where we turned.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Jason V.

Halo Is a Good BI Tool for Not Needing High Skilled Front-End Users

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2019/06/19
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

We are spinning up cubes left and right to get at the data under JDE. We had no analytics/bi department prior to Halo. Now we are acting like a very advanced department with many subject areas being deployed each month. In just 6 months time, I now have Inventory, Account Ledger, Open Orders, and other things visualized and refreshing automatically everyday. Super excited about the future with this tool.

Pros

I like the flexibility it puts in the hands of the front end users. There is very little development time needed to "format charts" to be color schemes or certain column headers, etc. A front-end user can take on all that work in this tool. The main development is in building the cube and creating definitions on the backend for the facts, measures, and dimensions. Once that is done, the tool takes care of itself. I've used QlikView and Tabelau and Halo provides a nice consistent way of easy spin-up.

Cons

There is a steep learning curve in the beginning on all the settings associated with cubes, understanding processing order of operations, etc. Once you get a feel for that, things come together nicely. One major downfall is that everything "must" be in a cube with a time dimension. However, if you have non-time dimensional data you could just 'fake it', so it isn't a problem that can't be overcome. If you are used to using QlikView or something, where you can just load a dataset, you'll need to adapt to understand to use the front-end of Halo it needs to be in cube form.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Brent G.

Halo exceeds with lstest release of thier BI solution

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2016/12/16
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

Halo delivers a premium BI solution that is more that just easy to use, state of Art solution. The products time to value is fantastic you can have BI dashboards available in half the time of many competitors, and can be supported by users in the departments with little support from IT. We really were excited about the pre-built interfaces to many of the standard ERP and CRM solutions, along with Standard view templates by industry and company departments requirements.
With the most recent release they know have predictive analytics to allow you to forecast "look forward" trends based upon industry standard predictive models.

Pros

I feel the customer support and quality of the software is fantastic. we have gone through 6 upgrades without issues, and the support was working with us every step of the way, without any extra costs other than the annual maintenance. The other real benefit we experienced was the ability to import data from multiple sets of systems, integrate them into one cohesive data set, validate the data, and deliver actionable prebuild templates for our industry.

Cons

As Halo grows the software is getting better and better, they are investing heavily with industry experts and is becoming a Tier one supplier with more knowledge than just another BI platform.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Brent G.

Halo's latest solution exceeds all expectations

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2017/08/21
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

Make sure to take advantage of the proof of concept. This is when you see your data working in their system and it gives you a good sense on how you'll be using it on your daily activities.

Pros

Software and support are great. Our company had several upgrades and we had assistance during each one. The main value is the ability to blend data and use the pre-built dashboards and reports. These allow to see value right away. Whole project was up and running in just a few weeks.

Cons

Their app doesn't have all functions that the desktop version has but considering this type of software we normally use desktop versions regardless.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Laura W.

Halo is our answer to dozens of daily questions about our business!

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2017/10/04
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

Best reporting investment we have ever made! Great company to work with. Post support is unparalleled. Response and attention to our questions and issues is prompt and thorough. They keep adding enhancements and pre-programmed modules to keep us on the proactive side of daily business decisions!

Pros

Browser agnostic
Ease of accessibility for Remote employees
Scheduled reporting
Simple, varied Charting functionality
Flexibility of using several types of data sources to combine data in one view

Cons

Pane sizing - views with a lot of measures run out of real estate
Time Dimension response when changing from saved view default

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10

Halo Pricing

Starting from
N/A
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Pricing information is available on inquiry.

Halo Features

  • Activity Dashboard
  • Data Import/Export
  • Third Party Integration

  • API
  • Activity Tracking
  • Audit Trail
  • Auditing
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Compliance Management
  • Custom Fields
  • Customizable Reporting
  • Document Storage
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Invoice Management
  • Monitoring
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Workflow Management

Additional information for Halo

Key features of Halo

  • "What If" scenarios
  • Accounting integration
  • Activity dashboard
  • Automated data transformation
  • Big data analytics
  • Built-in database
  • Business intelligence
  • CRM integration
  • Client management
  • Collaboration tools
  • Collaborative forecasting
  • Comparison analysis
  • Dashboard creation
  • Data cleansing tools
  • Data connectors
  • Data import
  • Data import/export
  • Data manipulation
  • Data transformation
  • Data verification
  • Data visualization
  • Data visualization
  • Data warehousing
  • Data warehousing & integration
  • Database integration
  • Demand management
  • Demand planning
  • Drag & drop interface
  • Drag-and-drop prebuilt dashboards
  • ERP integration
  • Financial analysis
  • Forecasting
  • Geo-coding for address correction
  • Integration with CRM, ERP, TMS & third party systems
  • Internet of Things (IoT) sensor data integration
  • Inventory forecasting
  • Likelihood & impact evaluations
  • Manual data manipulation tools
  • Performance reports
  • Point-and-click drill-up & drill-down
  • Predictive analytics
  • Predictive analytics
  • Predictive modeling
  • Procurement management
  • Progress tracking
  • Quality control
  • Real time comparisons
  • Risk analytics
  • Scenario analysis
  • Scenario planning
  • Scheduled reporting
  • Self service portal
  • Standardized validation processes
  • Supplier management
  • Supply chain planning
  • Task management
  • Third party integration
  • Trend analysis
  • Trend, pattern & relationship highlighting
  • Visual analytics
  • What-if modeling

Benefits

  • Data can be imported directly from a number of database platforms, ERP systems, accounting systems, sensors, and more.

  • Halo includes a combination of automated data transformation and manual data manipulation tools, allowing users to setup automated sequences for data cleansing, consolidate the formats for similar item groupings, and more.

  • Users can drag-and-drop preconfigured dashboards to visualize trends, relationships, and patterns, and drill-up or drill-down to view data at different levels.

  • The forecasting and predictive analytics tools in Halo include what-if modeling, complex comparison analysis, impact and likelihood evaluation, risk scoring, and more.

  • Data from multiple sources is collected and stored in a single location, where users can share knowledge, collaborate, carry out analysis, and create reports.

  • Halo FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for Halo.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Halo offer?

    Halo offers the following pricing plans:

    Pricing model: Subscription

    Free Trial: Not Available

    Pricing information is available on inquiry.

    Q. What are the main features of Halo?

    Halo offers the following features:

    • "What If" scenarios
    • Accounting integration
    • Activity dashboard
    • Automated data transformation
    • Big data analytics
    • Built-in database
    • Business intelligence
    • CRM integration
    • Client management
    • Collaboration tools
    • Collaborative forecasting
    • Comparison analysis
    • Dashboard creation
    • Data cleansing tools
    • Data connectors
    • Data import
    • Data import/export
    • Data manipulation
    • Data transformation
    • Data verification
    • Data visualization
    • Data visualization
    • Data warehousing
    • Data warehousing & integration
    • Database integration
    • Demand management
    • Demand planning
    • Drag & drop interface
    • Drag-and-drop prebuilt dashboards
    • ERP integration
    • Financial analysis
    • Forecasting
    • Geo-coding for address correction
    • Integration with CRM, ERP, TMS & third party systems
    • Internet of Things (IoT) sensor data integration
    • Inventory forecasting
    • Likelihood & impact evaluations
    • Manual data manipulation tools
    • Performance reports
    • Point-and-click drill-up & drill-down
    • Predictive analytics
    • Predictive analytics
    • Predictive modeling
    • Procurement management
    • Progress tracking
    • Quality control
    • Real time comparisons
    • Risk analytics
    • Scenario analysis
    • Scenario planning
    • Scheduled reporting
    • Self service portal
    • Standardized validation processes
    • Supplier management
    • Supply chain planning
    • Task management
    • Third party integration
    • Trend analysis
    • Trend, pattern & relationship highlighting
    • Visual analytics
    • What-if modeling

    Q. Who are the typical users of Halo?

    Halo has the following typical customers:

    Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business

    Q. What languages does Halo support?

    Halo supports the following languages:

    English

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Halo offer?

    Halo has the following pricing plans:

    Subscription

    Q. Does Halo support mobile devices?

    Halo supports the following devices:

    Android, iPhone, iPad

    Q. What other apps does Halo integrate with?

    Halo integrates with the following applications:

    Facebook, Google Analytics, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, NetSuite, Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, Oracle Service Cloud, Salesforce Sales Cloud, Shopify, SugarCRM, Twitter

    Q. What level of support does Halo offer?

    Halo offers the following support options:

    Online Support, Phone Support