free access to BI…is business intelligence slowly becoming a commodity?

July 20, 2009
56 Views
Lately more vendors are moving towards the availability of free access to a specific set of their overall offerings. For some this means total access to solutions but with a limited number of users, and for others, this means access to reporting or the ability to pull data from a limited number of data sources. Either way, the affect of open source vendors such as Pentaho, Actuate, and Jaspersoft has been great on the way solution providers expand towards making their solutions more accessible to organizations.

With leading vendors such as QlikView offering free personal use, and Microstrategy with their new reporting suite that offers full functionality for free for up to 100 users, the way in which BI is used and assessed is changing. Most vendors offer free trials to help organizations get up and running, but with the availability of these new free solutions, will limited trials continue to be enough to satiate users and provide long term value to companies?

Only time will tell — what is happening, however, is that BI is slowly shifting so that smaller organizations or organizations with a small number of BI users to access and develop their own solutions for limited or no cost.

Lately more vendors are moving towards the availability of free access to a specific set of their overall offerings. For some this means total access to solutions but with a limited number of users, and for others, this means access to reporting or the ability to pull data from a limited number of data sources. Either way, the affect of open source vendors such as Pentaho, Actuate, and Jaspersoft has been great on the way solution providers expand towards making their solutions more accessible to organizations.

With leading vendors such as QlikView offering free personal use, and Microstrategy with their new reporting suite that offers full functionality for free for up to 100 users, the way in which BI is used and assessed is changing. Most vendors offer free trials to help organizations get up and running, but with the availability of these new free solutions, will limited trials continue to be enough to satiate users and provide long term value to companies?

Only time will tell — what is happening, however, is that BI is slowly shifting so that smaller organizations or organizations with a small number of BI users to access and develop their own solutions for limited or no cost.

Link to original post

You may be interested

How SAP Hana is Driving Big Data Startups
Big Data
298 shares2,909 views
Big Data
298 shares2,909 views

How SAP Hana is Driving Big Data Startups

Ryan Kh - July 20, 2017

The first version of SAP Hana was released in 2010, before Hadoop and other big data extraction tools were introduced.…

Data Erasing Software vs Physical Destruction: Sustainable Way of Data Deletion
Data Management
42 views
Data Management
42 views

Data Erasing Software vs Physical Destruction: Sustainable Way of Data Deletion

Manish Bhickta - July 20, 2017

Physical Data destruction techniques are efficient enough to destroy data, but they can never be considered eco-friendly. On the other…

10 Simple Rules for Creating a Good Data Management Plan
Data Management
69 shares623 views
Data Management
69 shares623 views

10 Simple Rules for Creating a Good Data Management Plan

GloriaKopp - July 20, 2017

Part of business planning is arranging how data will be used in the development of a project. This is why…