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12 Brawny Business Intelligence Products For SMBs

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.
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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.


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Jon eieio
Jon eieio,
User Rank: Apprentice
10/5/2012 | 5:53:35 PM
re: 12 Brawny Business Intelligence Products For SMBs
The fact that you dismissed MicroStrategy as a legitimate option for mid sized businesses really puts your opinion into question. I can understand why you might not recommend MSTR to small companies or companies that have a weak IT/IS staff because MSTR does expect you to understand the science of data warehousing. and you need to be able to read.

I have been working with MSTR for 10+ years and any "analysis" of the industry that dismisses this software (and yes, mentioning it as an afterthought, hidden in a final paragraph, is dismissive) does not add legitimacy to you or InformationWeek.

FYI I believe that online support does come with the free version of MicroStrategy.
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