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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BI SaaS Style: BIRST Puts Query And Reporting In The Cloud With BI software as a service, you can forget about complicated, expensive, and time-consuming software deployments. You subscribe, go through setup in a matter of days or weeks, depending on the complexity of your needs, and you're ready to go. Simply upload data to marts and warehouses maintained by the service provider and use their query, analysis, dashboard, and reporting tools. As seen here, services from SaaS BI vendor BIRST include many of the data-integration, analysis, and reporting services that you'd find in a conventional on-premises BI suite.
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.