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BI SaaS Style: PivotLink Apps Target Industries And Roles PivotLink started as SeaTab Software back in 1998, and it has been offering analytics as a service ever since. The company has among the broadest functionality among SaaS-based BI vendors, and steady upgrades have brought dashboard and data visualization upgrades as well as industry-specific solutions for retail, manufacturing, e-commerce, and supply chain. There are also role-specific analyses for sales, marketing, IT, and human resources professionals.
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.