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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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.
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.