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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8 Other BI Options for SMBs The 12 options described in this gallery are among the leading BI options for SMBs, but the list continues. Actuate, Jaspersoft, and Pentaho offer open-source BI software with low-cost commercial support. Other SaaS-based BI vendors include GoodData, Indicee, Oco (recently acquired by Deloitte), and SAP BusinessObjects OnDemand. Finally, independents Advizor and MicroStrategy are also options. Advizor offers a visual data-discovery and analysis tool. MicroStrategy offers up to 100 free licenses of its basic reporting software, though support and other modules you're likely to need are not free.
The Agile ArchiveWhen it comes to managing data, donít look at backup and archiving systems as burdens and cost centers. A well-designed archive can enhance data protection and restores, ease search and e-discovery efforts, and save money by intelligently moving data from expensive primary storage systems.
2014 Analytics, BI, and Information Management SurveyITís tried for years to simplify data analytics and business intelligence efforts. Have visual analysis tools and Hadoop and NoSQL databases helped? Respondents to our 2014 InformationWeek Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Information Management Survey have a mixed outlook.