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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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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.

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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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