Halo Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Halo

Supply chain analytics and business intelligence platform

4.47/5 (52 reviews)

Halo overview

What is Halo?

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.
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Markets

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany

Supported languages

English
Halo screenshot: Multiple chart types are built into HaloHalo for Supplier ManagementHalo screenshot: Halo automatically highlights trends in the dataHalo screenshot: Visualizations are interactive, with point-and-click drill-up and drill-downHalo screenshot: Halo's clean, intuitive interface allows self-service dashboard customization. Pre-built modules with industry focused dashboards and reports also available.Halo screenshot: The Supplier Management Dashboard is an effective way to find the current status of expenses, on-time/late deliveries, quality of deliveries and purchase price variance in a rolling 12-month trendline. All in a single dashboard.Halo screenshot: The Supplier Management Dashboard is an effective way to find the current status of expenses, on-time/late deliveries, quality of deliveries and purchase price variance in a rolling 12-month trendline. All in a single dashboard.Halo screenshot: The Executive Dashboard can be viewed on mobile devicesHalo screenshot: Analyze customers with Halo Halo screenshot: Reports can be filtered by department, employee, project, and moreHalo Data Warehousing — From Disparate Data to Actionable Information

Halo user reviews

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T. Eric Ervin

Halo has unlocked the data from the Dynamics AX safe

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2016-11-17
Review Source: Software Advice

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.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Lisa Earley

Halo Review

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-12-02
Review Source: Software Advice

It has taken a long time to implement, much of that is on us because of the way we decided to implement. I don't believe we were given sufficient advise in the beginning. We have since transferred to new account and project managers and things are moving along nicely. My advise would be to understand the software using simplified data first, once you have a good understanding of the extractions, transformations and how those translate through SQL to the BI tool, you are on your way to building a user friendly BI tool.

Pros
The ease of creating dashboards and reporting and the transparency and self service of the Data Warehouse.

Cons
The amount of time the BI tool takes to load and the high cost of upgrading to more bandwidth on the server.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Jon Bayorek

Limited BI Tool

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-11-08
Review Source: Software Advice

Great for a small companies making their first step into BI but maybe will be quickly outgrown, avoid if a mid to larger size company.

Pros
- Simple BI Toll great for small companies or simple requirements - Fair price point for services provided

Cons
- Limited customization - Challenging Integration to other systems - "You get what you pay for" is true with functionality vs. pricing

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Likelihood to recommend: 4/10

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Jason Vander Weele

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

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-06-19
Review Source: Software Advice

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.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Vamsi Dronadula

Great tool and Excellent customer support

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-01-23
Review Source: Software Advice

Pros
It's reliable and easy to use. Drag and drop interface makes it easier for users. It has a number of source connectors to pull the data from. Customer support is unmatched.

Cons
The installation process needs to be more simple.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Halo pricing

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Halo features

Activity Dashboard
Data Import/Export
Third Party Integration

API (765 other apps)
Activity Tracking (365 other apps)
Audit Trail (369 other apps)
Auditing (402 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (564 other apps)
Billing & Invoicing (340 other apps)
Compliance Management (461 other apps)
Customizable Reporting (455 other apps)
Document Management (405 other apps)
Document Storage (355 other apps)
Inventory Management (512 other apps)
Inventory Tracking (382 other apps)
Monitoring (350 other apps)
Real Time Data (375 other apps)
Real Time Reporting (331 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (659 other apps)
Workflow Management (490 other apps)

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Additional information for Halo

Key features of Halo

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