What is the difference between BI and reporting tools?
There are 2 important types of decision making/monitoring tools for managers. They are reports which include tabular data and dashboards which include various charts.
BI tools are focused on enabling users to create dashboard with ease. They also enable users to pull data for reporting but this is a secondary area of focus for most BI tools. However, reporting tools focus on integrating data from various sources and representing it in tabular format.
What is a reporting tool?
Reports help understanding the company's performance and identifying areas of improvement. These inform the company's decision making. In the past, reporting relied on analysts pulling together data from email, excel and databases to create complex and hard-to-maintain spreadsheets. Nowadays, reporting tools come with off-the-shelf integrations to a myriad of tools including databases and cloud applications making data integration for reporting simpler