Contour BI 6 Overview

Why Contour BI?

Easy to Install

Run installation and follow instructions.

Rapid Creation of Analytical Solutions

Create an analytical portal, reports and dashboards with no coding.

Extremely Fast Cube In-Memory Technology

Interact with big amount of data in fraction of seconds.

Access to Reports from Anywhere

The same reports for all devices – desktops, tablets and smartphones.


Editions for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS, Android and iOS are supported.

Many Data Sources

Virtually all popular datasources are supported: Oracle, MS SQL, PostreSQL, Excel, Access, CSV, IBM SPSS etc.

Contour BI

Contour BI is an easy-to-use platform for interactive reporting, data analysis and report distribution. The Contour BI platform provides access to all corporate data sources, builds interactive reports with zero programming and publishes interactive reports to your local network and the web. Contour BI makes it possible to create a wide range of solutions in various industries.

Contour BI product line

  • Contour BI Portal. A web-based solution for publishing interactive reports on the web for managers, specialists, and a wide range of other users.
  • Contour Reporter. An application for data access, interactive reporting and data analysis.
  • Contour Publisher. A command line utility for automating updates and deliver reports.

Create Interactive Maps in BI Projects

                		Interactive Maps

Contour BI handles both geographic (locational) and attribute (descriptive) data for the purpose of data mapping, managing and analysis.

A map becomes part of an OLAP report; all interactive manipulation of the OLAP report is immediately displayed on the map. The setup procedure of the map is simplified - data layers appear on it automatically, as configured in OLAP report settings and further user actions.

In this article we create a project with an interactive map to display Air Passenger Traffic and Flights in Canada for the years 2015 and 2016.

Create Presentation reports

                		Create Presentation reports

Use presentation reports to slide show your project reports. You set the number of reports in the required order, run the presentation, and reports are displayed in the correct order, switching from one to another by mouse click. The presentation can be exported in MS PowerPoint format.

In this article we describe the steps to create Presentation reports with Contour Reporter.

Animated Charts: Pretty, Useless, and Not Entirely Safe

                		Animated Charts

p>Animated charts look modern and alive: the Bars slowly grow from zero to their actual size, and the Pies spin handsomely around on the screen. Why would a customer not find a stimulating chart like this more interesting than your run-of-the-mill static one? Especially when presenting a product for the first time. But at the end of the day, are animated charts really worthwhile data analysis features?

Back Up your Projects

                Back Up your Projects

Projects created with Contour Reporter can be backed up automatically. Automatic backup is useful for data recovery since it is possible to roll back saved changes to a specific project version organized by date and time; it can also be helpful for keeping different project versions and allowing authors to switch between them within the same working environment.

In this article we describe how to manage backup environments in Contour Reporter.

How to Create Solutions


A Solution contains the description of an analytical or statistical portal or a part of a corporate website. It is a way to create a site of this kind without any special programming.

A Solution has a title, header, footer, and a list of BI-projects in a given sequence. Solutions are created with Contour Reporter and are stored and displayed in the Contour BI Portal.

In this article we learn how to create new solutions and to display them as well as how to open projects from existing solutions.

My First BI Project


If you are new to Contour Business Intelligence, you might be thinking to yourself: “Where do I start”?

The answer is: you should start by creating a BI project. A BI project is created with Contour Reporter and then used by different Contour BI platform products.

In this article we describe the necessary steps to create your first local Contour BI project. We also display this project in BI Portal.

Card Charts

                Card Charts

A Card Chart is a visualization tool for KPI (Key Performance Indicators) and similar indicators.

It can be used to create visualizations for several indicators of one object, such as a person, a product, a department, a project, a company or a set of indicators of many objects.

In this article we show how to create Card Charts in Contour BI projects.