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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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Simplified Suites: SAP BusinessObjects Edge
SAP BusinessObjects Edge packages are aimed at companies with 100 to 1,000 employees and $100 million to $1 billion in revenue. The Standard package, which starts at five concurrent users, includes reporting, query, and analysis capabilities. Upgrades add support for data integration (extract, transform, load, and drill-down analysis) and data management (the integration elements plus data parsing, cleansing, and address synchronization). Also available are "Rapid Marts" preconfigured for self-service analysis of SAP, Oracle, PeopleSoft, and Siebel apps data. Edge Planning and Consolidation and Edge Strategy Management apps support budgeting, planning and forecasting, scorecards, and strategic goal setting, respectively.

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Jon eieio
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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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