12 Brawny Business Intelligence Products For SMBs
June 13, 2011 04:30 PM Business intelligence isn't just for the big boys anymore. Check out our short list of star SMB options, from easy-to-deploy SaaS choices to affordable versions of the biggest BI suites.
Slimmed-Down BI: IBM Cognos Express Supports In-Memory Analysis
IBM Cognos Express combines software from the Cognos suite and Applix TM1, IBM's in-memory analysis engine. Starting with as few as five named users, the portfolio includes reporting, data visualization, analysis, and planning modules targeted at companies with 100 to 1,000 employees. Reporter addresses core query and reporting needs with drag-and-drop report authoring. Advisor eases analysis through easy-to-understand data visualizations. Planner supports budgeting and forecasting--think finance and business analysts. Xcelerator supports "what-if" in-memory analysis with support for Microsoft Excel. The software can be downloaded from the web and IBM says it can be configured and administered by as few as one or two people. Data access and integration technologies are built into the software and dashboards, and analyses can be handled on a self-service basis by untrained users.