Business Intelligence as a Service
The idea of hosting software off-premises is not new. In fact, software as a service (SaaS) is just a rewording of an older term referring to companies providing the service, application service provider (ASP). ASPs were a very popular investment target during the dotcom era, but not much ever came of the business model.
But why was the ASP wave a failure and why should SaaS be different? Even the often quoted success of Salesforce.com is far removed from the company’s once loudly trumpeted goal of replacing all the ERP features of SAP and PeopleSoft. Furthermore, do the forces that could make SaaS more successful than ASP also apply to the BI market?
SaaS is not about the software that is delivered, but how it is delivered. The resources of a cloud environment such as storage, processing, memory, and network bandwidth are generally pooled and delivered in a multi-tenant model. Thus, the discussion must focus on the advantages of the delivery model itself.
- QlikView As as service
Software as a Service Business Intelligence (SaaS BI) is a delivery model for business intelligence in which applications are typically deployed outside of a company’s firewall at a hosted location and accessed by an end user with a secure Internet connection. Also known as on-demand BI or cloud BI, the technology is sold on a subscription or pay-as-you-go basis instead of the more traditional software licensing model with annual maintenance fees. SaaS BI lets companies use BI tools without having to install, operate and maintain them on-premise, freeing customers to concentrate on creating BI reports and analytic queries. Organizations can potentially start using SaaS BI technology more quickly than waiting for the installation of on-premise software, and the SaaS approach enables them to expand their BI systems as usage grows without having to make any capital-equipment purchases. Because there aren’t any upfront purchase costs or additional staffing requirements needed to manage the BI system, total cost of ownership (TCO) may be lower than it is with on-premise software – although overall SaaS BI costs will depend on the amount of usage the tools get.
B EYE is developing its first Saas BI product which will enpower small and mid sized companies to benefit from their data without the need for huge apital investments. Stay Tuned!
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