Spider Strategies

Spider Strategies is a provider of online, web-based scorecarding and dashboard software. They have a big and varied client list, but aren’t always thought of when considering some of the big visualization vendors.

They are the provider of the Balanced Scorecard Institute’s official scorecard software, and have the Quickscore product featured there as well. The Balanced Scorecard Institute considers itself the certification and standards body for the industry, but they also do consulting as well. One advantage to using this is that Quickscore is set up specifically for scorecards, with wizards and usability geared toward that specific type of visualization. Strategy maps and briefing books are also built using wizard like functionality.

Scoreboard has settings geared more toward general dashboards. One thing that popped out when reviewing this company was the huge client list. From IBM to Starbucks to Google, it is quite impressive. However, I was surprised that there were no client testimonials on the website. IBM ,for example, was a bit surprising. Shouldn’t they be using Cognos?:)

They recently revamped their website and technology, and now offer a popular cloud version. I’m sure customers can appreciate their easy pricing system. Interesting, they offer a free version, although this is view only. Still for users who only need a static reports, this could be a big cost savings for some company. For interactive users, the price is only $30/month. Developers are $99/month. The prices for on-site installation are by quote only, but I suspect most organization won’t be going that route.

For the main cloud version, data is updated using a Connect tool, that can pull in various data sources. Excel, most enterprise databases, and even web services are supported. The mobile functionality is browser based, rather than native app based, but will run on IE, Firefox, Safari, and Android based browsers.

For organizations looking for a true 5 styles of BI type package, you may need to look a little further. For companies with specific requirements for scorecards, strategy maps, and briefing books, it may be a good add-on tool to an existing environment.

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