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Linkurious Enterprise as a Neo4j Bloom alternative: Which graph visualization & exploration tool to use?

February 22, 2024

Graph is the technology of the future. It will be used in 80% of data and analytics projects by 2025 according to Gartner predictions (1). You might be among the growing number of organizations that have already implemented a graph database, the first step to any graph project. 

Graph visualization and exploration tools such as Linkurious Enterprise and Neo4j Bloom let data professionals harness complex connected data to quickly find insights, anomalies, and patterns. To fully unlock the value of your graph database and your graph data, it’s important to have a way to get this information into the hands of business users - not just developers and data scientists. 

At Linkurious, prospective clients often ask how Neo4j Bloom and Linkurious Enterprise compare for graph data visualization and exploration. In this article, we explore how Linkurious Enterprise can help uniquely empower your business users from the PoC stage to real-life development, from simple visualizations to more complex needs.

User management

If you’re working on a larger graph project, you’ll likely have more users with various roles. And with more users, you’ll need to manage permissions. Linkurious Enterprise offers advanced and easy to use user management, making it an ideal solution for teams that are larger and/or that have multiple user roles: administrators, analysts, alert reviewers, etc.

Admin UI

In Linkurious Enterprise, user role management is handled through a user-friendly interface that doesn’t require technical knowledge. It’s straightforward to define and set up new roles. Bloom also allows you to use Neo4j access roles, but these must be set up in advance using Cypher.

Collaboration and teamwork

With the accelerating adoption of graph technology among diverse users, collaboration and teamwork features have become a must-have for graph visualization and exploration tools. Linkurious Enterprise has invested in several features to facilitate teamwork. 

Comment directly on visualizations and tag colleagues to let them know something is ready for review, ask for a second opinion, or add additional context. Email notifications for comments and tags keep everyone up to date.

Comments and tagging with mentions in graph visualization in Linkurious Enterprise
In Linkurious Enterprise, you can comment directly on visualizations and tag colleagues.

The Spaces feature lets you define who can see visualizations in Linkurious Enterprise and manage groups of visualizations as folders. Spaces allows for multiple teams to collaborate on common objectives and facilitates cross-team exchange on ongoing projects. They also allow you to better manage onboarding and off-boarding of users without loss of work history, visualizations, queries, etc.

Integration with other tools

Projects that are larger in scope or critical to your business will often require integration with other tools. Linkurious Enterprise offers a lot of flexibility from this point of view. 

First, Linkurious Enterprise is virtually graph database agnostic. Where Bloom only works within the Neo4j ecosystem, you can use Linkurious Enterprise with other databases like Azure Cosmos DB , AWS Neptune and Memgraph (as well as Neo4j Community and Enterprise editions, of course!). This means it can adapt with your evolving needs. 

Linkurious Enterprise also has several other integration options to expand your graph capabilities. You can add additional functionalities using plugins. You can also use the Linkurious Enterprise API to add visualization capabilities or automate recurring tasks. And you can incorporate information from a third-party application using custom actions for deeper insights with less effort.

Automate anomaly detection with alerts and case management

In addition to the visualization and exploration capabilities that are also available in Neo4j Bloom, Linkurious Enterprise lets you set up advanced alerts to automatically be notified of the patterns and events that matter to your organization.

Alerts in Linkurious Enterprise leverage graph analytics to search for patterns of interest within your graph database and create comprehensive cases when the system identifies those patterns of interest. These alerts give investigators a maximum amount of context for more informed decision making.

Linkurious Enterprise alerts are designed with teamwork and efficiency in mind. Positive matches on alerts appear in the unified case list, which enables managers to have a single, unified view of all generated cases to assess their team’s workload. Each case can be assigned - and reassigned to escalate a case or request input from a colleague.

You can comment on cases to give additional context or comment on case progress, and tag individual team members. Email notifications for new cases, comments, tags, and case assignments ensure everyone stays up to date.

Advanced data visualization features

Depending on your specific use case, you may require certain features or capabilities from your graph visualization solution. Linkurious Enterprise offers diverse features to visualize and explore data, improving operational efficiency and facilitating complex investigations. “Adding Linkurious Enterprise to our technical stack allows our clients and our non-technical Forensic colleagues to access new features, new possibilities to address their main challenges in a really easy way,” says Christophe da Silva, Director of Data Analytics and eDiscovery at Deloitte Switzerland.

Investigation using Linkurious Enterprise

Visualize temporal and geographical data

Understanding how your data evolves over time, or when something takes place, is important for many projects. The Linkurious Enterprise timeline feature enables users to visualize data over a given time period to quickly get to the bottom of relevant temporal information. Geo-mode in Linkurious Enterprise positions nodes on a map, enabling you to better visualize and understand geospatial data.

The timeline feature in Linkurious Enterprise

Filter out visual noise

Real-life investigations can be complex and it’s critical for analysts to be able to filter out the noise to identify insights. Linkurious Enterprise lets you go beyond the basics of visualization with features like edge grouping, node grouping and dynamic node sizing.

Share visualizations

When you need to share a visualization, Linkurious Enterprise gives you flexibility. You can export your graph in a couple of clicks with the in-app export feature, or you can use the Image Export Plugin to optimize visualization exports by improving image quality, adding annotations, and more.

Widget export

You can export published visualizations to a URL or embed them in a web page. These exports contain a snapshot of the graph data and visualization at the moment of publication. Anyone can explore these visualizations interactively.

Support advanced security requirements

When your project involves sensitive data, you will likely have more advanced security requirements. Linkurious Enterprise has security features that will help you sleep better at night. This includes a 3-tier architecture that protects the database and the data you have stored within it. Linkurious Enterprise also has an audit trail that enables you to verify past actions taken on the platform. You also have a maximum amount of control over users and access. You can manage and restrict schemas, enable property-level access rights, and easily manage user roles, giving different permissions to administrators or alert reviewers, for instance.


When considering whether Linkurious Enterprise or Bloom, you should ask yourself a few key questions:

  • What is the scope of the project in terms of the people involved?
  • How business-critical is the project?
  • What is the use case and what are the associated user needs?
  • What are the integration needs?
  • How are these things likely to evolve over time?

Neo4j Bloom seems to be a good solution for small teams of skilled data scientists and other technical users. It’s suited for those who want to fully work in the Neo4j ecosystem, who are seeking out a tool that is natively integrated with the Neo4j graph database and only does graph visualization and exploration. 

For larger-scale projects that need to be future-proof, Linkurious Enterprise is an enterprise-ready solution that is exceptionally easy to use for both technical and non-technical users and can accommodate both simple graph visualization needs and complex data analysis. It can be scaled easily, and can also readily adapt to an organization’s needs, offering a broad range of additional capabilities, including automatic patterns detection, case management, and robust collaboration features.

Still have questions on Linkurious Enterprise vs Neo4j Bloom? Contact us! Our product experts can give you more detailed information.

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