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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Their app doesn't have all functions that the desktop version has but considering this type of software we normally use desktop versions regardless.
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!
Ease of accessibility for Remote employees
Simple, varied Charting functionality
Flexibility of using several types of data sources to combine data in one view
Pane sizing - views with a lot of measures run out of real estate
Time Dimension response when changing from saved view default
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Halo offers the following pricing plans:
Pricing model: Subscription
Free Trial: Not Available
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Halo has the following typical customers:
Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business
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Halo supports the following devices:
Android, iPhone, iPad
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
Halo offers the following support options:
Online Support, Phone Support