Alternative to Chartio: Holistics, a SQL-native BI

Holistics is a good alternative to Chartio due to its similar architecture, SQL-native approach with a visual report builder.

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Similar in Architecture

Both Chartio and Holistics are SQL-first BI tool with visual report builder interface. This makes it easy for existing Chartio customers to get used to Holistics.

Support with Migration

Our Onboarding Specialists team will support you with your migration effort.

No vendor lock-in

Worried about being locked in a BI tool again? With our BI as code, your BI projects will sit nicely in your own Git repository.

How does Holistics work?

A self-service BI platform that enables non-technical users to get access to analytics without bothering data teams.

Once raw data is stored in a data warehouse, data teams use Holistics to transform, model the data and prepare well-defined explorable datasets and reports for key data consumers.

Non-technical users can build their own reports with simple, visual report builders.

Every report execution in Holistics will be translated into SQL queries that send to data warehouse. Holistics will visualize the returned results.

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How does Holistics compare to Chartio?

Both Holistics and Chartio are architecturally similar:

  • Works directly with your SQL data warehouse.
  • Provide SQL interface for technical users
  • Visual report builder for non-technical users

The biggest difference is the existence of the data modeling layer in Holistics.

In Chartio, the drag-and-drop report builder runs directly on top of your physical database tables.

Holistics puts in a data modeling layer that allows data teams to define a central definition of business metrics.

These are then exposed to business users in a clean, simple interface to use, enabling them to get accurate analytics data without the need of an analyst.

Holistics vs Chartio: Feature Comparison

Feature Chartio Equivalent in Holistics
SQL Database Connection Live/tunnel connection to existing SQL database. Support most SQL databases. Yes, same with Chartio.
Integration with other data sources Recommend/Integrate with other dedicated ETL tools (e.g. Panoply) Support Google Sheets & CSV imports into your SQL warehouse, also Recommend/Integrate with other dedicated ETL tools (e.g. dbt, Fivetran, Stitchdata). Recommend to use external ETL tools for other sources.
Working with CSV/Google Sheets Yes. Yes. Support pulling data from Google Sheets, and loading report data into Google Sheets.
Data Modeling & Transformation No. Recommend customers to use dbt. Comes with in-built data modeling on top of SQL. dbt integration in beta.
Visual Report Builder Yes. Yes.
Report Sharing Push dashboards to Slack, Email. Push dashboards to Slack, Email, Google Sheets, and SFTP.
Report Exports PDF, Excel. PDF, Excel.
API Support Limited. Ever-expanding API support.
Version Control No. Yes, supported through BI as code
Embedding Yes. Yes.
Pricing User-based, starts from $100/mo. Usage-based, starts from $100/mo.

Frequently Asked Questions

We don't have an automated, 1-click mechanism to migrate your Chartio dashboards into Holistics yet (We would consider one if Chartio could open up their APIs).

However, since Chartio and Holistics are similar in architecture, recreating your Chartio dashboards in Holistics are relatively straightforward.
As users of a lot of softwares ourselves, we hate vendor lock-in. If you ever decide that Holistics is not the right tool for you and want to migrate, you can do that easily with our upcoming Business Intelligence as code. Your entire BI project will be represented as text and checked in to your Git repository.
We support most popular SQL databases and data warehouses: Google BigQuery, Amazon Redshift, Snowflake, Presto, ClickHouse, AWS Athena, PostgreSQL, MySQL, SQL Server. See full list.
Although we’re based in Singapore (Asia), the majority of our customers are in US and Europe. Despite the time zone difference, Customer Support has been among our most praised qualities from our customers.