Halo Reviews & Product Details

Halo Overview

What is Halo?

Analytics for Supply Chain Planning and Data Discovery. Enterprise scaled, rapidly implemented, data secured. Analyze, decide and plan faster than ever before. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Halo is an analytics software and advisory services provider which offers customers an innovative blend of technology to manage demand forecasts, inventory and supplier relationships. Halo’s Advanced Information Hub is a first-of-its kind solution to help companies leverage all their corporate data to generate new insight for competitive advantage.

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Product Description

Business Intelligence & collaborative decision platform for the enterprise. Dashboards, 100% mobile with support for Dynamics ERP & other apps right out of the box.

How do you position yourself against your competitors?

Companies globally are now looking to supply chain performance to drive new growth as well as better margins. Halo specifically focuses on helping companies gain new insight into risk and opportunity through supplier, operations, and customer analytics.


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Halo Business Intelligence
Company Website
Year Founded
2008
HQ Location
San Diego, CA
Twitter
@Halo_BI
1,770 Twitter followers
LinkedIn® Page
www.linkedin.com
18 employees on LinkedIn®
Description

Halo Business Intelligence helps its customers be more profitable and successful by providing the tools and technology that help leverage the most valuable assets any organization has – its people.


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Sr. Financial Reporting Systems Analyst
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

How reliable this product is. We have had no major issues with this product during the six plus years we have been using. Folks love this application. At first, it take users sometime to get used this type of tool but once they become familiar they love it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There really is nothing at all I dislike about this application. If you wanted to make some changes to how things looked within a grid it would be beneficial to understand MDX but without that knowledge base you would need to contact Halo support to assist. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Accuracy. We have other applications throughout association that provide some of the same information as Halo but many times the data is incorrect whereas in Halo it is always correct. Always ties back to our data of record which is JD Edwards Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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BI Specialist - EDI Analyst - AX Dynamics Developer
Furniture
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

The product is very reliable. I don't see many issue related to the product. It's very easy to use and saves a lot of time. Their Halo Source is an outstanding application that can help us build a data warehouse quickly. Their support team is great, they always response quickly and try to solve the problem. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Halo require the whole application reinstall instead of install the package only. It will cause few issue with web application, but with the Halo Source, it is not a matter. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Upgrading the whole application to solve the existing issue instead of install a service Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AH
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Make sure you have some technical people in your company who understand the back end. Without it you will be using a lot of consulting hours. It takes a lot of elbow grease to get things going, and having data people around will help a lot. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AA
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

The transparency of how our data is being processed Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

BI Load time takes too long and upgrading server requirements costs are extremely high. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Consolidating data from different systems Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AF
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

The people at Halo usually do a good job of getting back to you when a support ticket is entered and the views are easily viewed. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The time it takes to refresh the data and Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Sales and financial analytics. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Master Data Administrator
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

Ease of use & accessibility, backend support is excellent.

Makes viewing sales history really easy where it was very difficult before Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Doesn't do pivot data very well but understand there is a fix coming for that Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Regular reports can be scheduled. Easy to make a template for a report that might have taken hours to assemble before Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UF
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

The reports design are clean and the scheduling feature makes it very easy and handy to share information across the business. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I wish Halo could build cross tables reports as well and had a more approachable language to build formulas in calculated fields. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Multiple source of data would cause confusion, sharing and seeing the same data is a great benefit. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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IT Administrator
Building Materials
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

Two things, Service and Delivery - Halo offers more than just a great user friendly business analytics/intelligence solution to our business. Halo has an admirable ability of being able to gauge into our business requirements and promptly offer the intended solution. I can vouch that all our previous business transitions were made easy by Halo as the service itself, tells that their massive impact given that their strong approach in a Customer focus nature, we value so dearly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Nothing that I am aware of and I will probably will ever find a reason to Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Altus NZ Ltd has recently undergone a Joint Venture in the previous year and it is with great excitement that we are implementing to expand our Halo product to cover all our industrial and sales department throughout the business. The people of Halo have been very attentive in our requirements and are consistently capturing our vision whether if it is dealing with our IT infrastructure, Applications or Sales and management departments. The technical and customer support team will always approach with tremendous efforts in offering great solutions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

WE've been able to leverage a number of the features in HaloBi. This allows us to better track our data to help individuals make better decisions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

lack of integration, however they are getting better about it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Getting off Excel spreadsheets that had numerous people updating. HaloBi allow for us to create a central point for all data and didn't require people to pass along an spreadsheet. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Director Of Information Technology
Airlines/Aviation
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The presales support was first rate! What other company will give you a proof of concept using your data before you sign any contracts! After the sale the support and contact did not drop off and a team member is always in contact making sure you are happy with the solution.

The team is also genuinely interested in your feedback in terms of making the solution better and more effective - they WANT information to in turn help their development efforts.

Training was very effective and the trainers have been wonderful. They are easy to follow and the manual and instructions have been written well. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

You will find that data visualization is easy and you can SEE what your data is doing. We do wish that formatting was a little easier or there were additional options for formatting. The learning curve can be a little steep on the backend, especially if you do not have a dedicated technical resource. Be sure you are ready to take that on or have Halo set up that structure for you. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Do your homework and ask lots of questions - but let Halo show you a proof of concept! It is amazing and you will realize what you are missing in analyzing your data. Know that the same support and commitment you receive during presales does not stop once you sign your contract - you will receive the same support months after! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are looking for anomalies, exceptions, and trends instead of just browsing an excel spreadsheet of numbers. It is easy to see where issues lie and drill into those right away. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Business Intelligence Coordinator
Medical Devices
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

While the visual front end is very easy to use and powerful, I do wish we had a little more formatting control. Especially around exported visuals to Excel or PDF. I would like to see a one page dashboard print option to give quick insight to users not wanting to dive into Halo. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Halo offers the complete package. From the backend date warehouse, Data cleansing, Cube Creation, predictive analytics, and a slick visual front end. If you don't believe me have them do a proof of concept with YOUR data! This is something most other vendors will not even entertain. What better way to show value from your BI software than to evaluate it with data and metrics you know. Do your homework and call references, Halo gets nothing but positive praises from anyone I have talked to who uses it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With Halo we are able to quickly and easily analyze all areas of our business. From Revenue to Inventory Halo has allowed us to leverage our ERP data and take action. We are looking forward to continued benefits that can be gained through knowing and understanding our business through data and business inelegance. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Vice President
Aviation & Aerospace
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Halo provides a quick visual on what issues management may want to investigate further. I really like that Halo provides an easy to understand interface that allows each user to quickly look at specific data they need without having to request from IT. I really like the ability to go back in time and look at specific activity. The Halo team have been super responsive and supportive. They have excellent follow up and are very knowledgeable about business processes.

The dashboards and view we used with a previous product were more of a macro view, while Halo allows us a more precision view into our business environment. We are able to utilize the information Halo provides in order to make business decisions quickly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There really is not much I do not like. It has been easy for each of our employees to use. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We replaced our existing dashboards with the Halo product. The Halo dashboards are much more extensive and relevant. Each department is able to modify and update their dashboards and then share with other employees. It has been a great collaboration tool. We have realized several benefits including a reduced workload for our IT department on information requests. Our leadership team feels more empowered now to be able to drill down and view data on their own as the analysis drives them. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

Support requests are always answered quickly and efficiently. Techs really know the product well and are able to resolve issues easily and really care about the outcome. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Login emails are required to be from a set domain, rather than our domain. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

The support offered by Halo really sells this product. having a responsive and involved support department is paramount with any technology investment. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Sales and resource monitoring for our distributed sales and marketing teams. Sales people have their performance and customer sales data at their fingertips worldwide. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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IS Director
Consumer Goods
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

The capabilities, flexibility, and accessibility of the software are excellent. Using templates to create dashboards make it easy to incorporate into our business. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

On-premise only means cloud data sources must be replicated locally. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Test the tech support for this and competing software. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Halo to communicate KPIs and business status information throughout the company. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

That it is easy for a non-coder to use and the SSIS packages and MDX it generates are rock solid. It means an architecturally minded business analyst can produce a data warehouse and cube quickly without an expensive technical team. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Hard to decouple DW from Halo Analytics (formerly Prism) Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Highly recommend Halo. The software is outstanding as is the quality of support. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We analyze everything from sales to operations to finance. More accurate information. Reduction of reduction of "dump and crunch" time spent by knowledge workers. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

Our previous platform died and we had Halo up in running in no time at all. Comes preloaded with adaptors for many systems like our ERP and CRM which made going live easy. Halo also offers more than just BI, but also predictive analytics and forecasting. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There's not much to dislike, but they'll need to continue address PowerBI and how they will play with it in the new Microsoft 365 environment. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

They are a great team of people. The sales and support team have been the same team as the ones we first dealt with over 5 years ago. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Easy access to key data, quick to market with new reporting and dashboard requests from the business. Helping us achieve a single source of reporting truth for our business. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AC
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

Halo DW enables the easy consolidation and manipulation of multiple data sources. Recent improvements in the Halo front end show their dedication to applying their resources toward maintaining their competitiveness in the marketplace and making the evaluation of Halo with others very competitive. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The look and feel between their front end tool and others takes some getting used to but the difference is far from obvious for the casual user. You have to dig deep to start seeing differences. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Halo provides the single version of the truth and enables easy, user friendly access to the information. Information is now much more easily accessible and consolidation of multiple sources is more convenient. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Data Engineer
Food & Beverages
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

Very user-friendly environments.

Easy to connect new data sources.

Support is quick to respond.

Genuine desire to improve the product to current standards. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Desired functionality in Halo may not be currently available. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Financial reporting - Sales insights across multiple data sources - increasing visibility into Operations data.

Our greatest benefit thus far is the immense amount of time saved by building an efficient data structure. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AI
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

We were able to use Halo to source data from a variety of systems, perform data validation and create reports Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Features like "Download" on the dashboard is not flexible enough - For example - we cannot download a whole grid.

Some limitation on the Headers and Column name look and feel Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Define the business process one is trying to solve first. Also , it is very important to understand all data sources , business rules to prevent rework.

It is important to have flexible and dynamic back end queries. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Forecasting

Intelligent reporting

Data cleansing

Return Forecasts

Allocation modelling Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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IT Systems Administrator
Automotive
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

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 Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Pane sizing - views with a lot of measures run out of real estate. Time Dimension response when changing from saved view default. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Halo is a great reporting and business decision making tool. Choose Halo! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Every day we know where our sales are to budget, what the GP% is, for all 7 companies in our organization.

We know inventory levels, customer service levels, vendor service levels. Drill down - through capability allows us to pinpoint areas of concern quickly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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System Analyst
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

Allows end users to pull their own reports. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It can be difficult to choice which data cube to pull from Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Provides a great executive dashboard Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from the seller
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

The designer training digging in to the data visualizations that are available. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Views can often be slow to load and there are many settings and HaloDW options that are not intuitive that need to be configured to increase performance. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Have SQL knowledge especially those operating HaloDW Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Visualization of data and pulling data that is useful for clients to make business decisions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Director, Solutions Architect, Shareholder
Information Technology and Services
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

Halo BI is a great product for a number of the customers we work with. Specifically the predictive analytics for the retailers. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

No complaints so far. We solution it for a number of our customers. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Evaluate as many BI solutions as possible. Halo BI is a great product but you want to make sure to know what else is out there to be sure its a great fit prior to implementing. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Visualization of the data and the data warehouse acceleration tool. It partners well with PowerBI to quickly see the metrics that are needed. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AA
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from the seller
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

Halo allows us to get the data necessary to make the 'right' business decisions to the right people, right now Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Some more flexibility in a "lookup" format so users can drive immediately to a lowest level of data Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Sales analysis by Regions and Sales people. Identifying lagging sales or resources Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AF
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

I like the ability to easily edit panes to create targeted analytics. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

One thing I wish I could do on the front end is be able to connect cubes to create more meaningful analysis. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using it to review trends in different areas of the business. We are driving culture change in regards to data-driven decisions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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