Each month in “From the Mailbag,” we give clear, straightforward answers to commonly asked questions about Exago BI. This month, the topic is our product evaluation process.

 

Q: Is it free to do an evaluation?

A: Yes!


Q: How long does it take, and how flexible is the duration of the trial period?

A: A typical evaluation takes two weeks and consists of four calls. Collectively, the calls take about three hours. Most evaluators stick with the two-week timeline, but those on a tight schedule can opt for for our two-day fast track evaluation instead. We strive to accommodate whenever there are extenuating circumstances requiring alternate trial durations.

 

Q: What does a trial require of my environment/server/databases?

A: You will need to install Exago BI using a supported operating system and connect to a supported data source.

You will need access to either a Windows or a Linux environment. Windows environments need to be .NET 4.5 or higher and have IIS installed. Supported Linux distributions include: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7+, SLES 12+, CenOS 7+, Fedora 21+, Debian 8+, and Ubuntu 14+.

Supported data sources include: Microsoft SQL Server 2000 or above, PostgreSQL 7.1 or above, Oracle Version 9i or above, MySQL 5.0 or above, DB2, Informix, OLAP, Web Services, .NET Assembly Methods, XML, and Excel.

Click here for more on our technical specifications.

Q: Are there any limitations in functionality to the trial version?

A: No, it is identical to the final product.

 

Q: Is there anything you’ll need from us during the evaluation?

A: Yes, there are a number of things we’ll need from you, and an Exago representative will review these items during the first evaluation call—but here’s a sneak preview!

We’ll need an understanding of what constitutes a valid proof-of-concept (POC) for your company so we can tailor the evaluation to addressing your needs. Be sure to include any technical goals or concerns such as security, integration, or workflow requirements. We will also need a description or example of two reports and a dashboard you’d like to see created using Exago BI.

 

Q: How do you design a proof-of-concept (POC)?

A: Check out this article for a step-by-step guide! You can create your own rubric from scratch or work from the template we provide at the end of the article. No matter how you design your POC, make sure it allows you to test the product in a relatively short period of time and with modest resources. The goal isn’t to work toward deployment but rather to assess the feasibility of deployment.