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.
Desktop Options: Tableau Turns Data Into Visual Insight
Tableau Software's low-cost desktop data visualization tools tap spreadsheets, databases and other sources and turn data into easy-to-understand charts, graphs, spark lines, tree maps, bubble charts and other visualizations. Data-savvy business people can use the $999 Desktop Personal Edition or $1,999 Desktop Professional Edition to develop and share analyses and dashboards that others can view using a free Tableau Reader client. A server-based product supports broad distribution and up-to-the-minute access to the latest data. Try it out at TableauPublic.com, a free site that lets you create data visualizations and post them on them on blogs, websites, or intranets or share via email.