Friday, May 30, 2008

Business Intelligence on the cheap

Business intelligence (BI) is extremely important to any successful business. It provides valuable real-time information in a visually appealing dashboard environment. It allows company leaders to see how their business is doing instantly and base decisions off of this data.

So, why doesn’t everyone have BI in place?

Many companies hold off due to pricing. BI applications are very expensive, most with 6-figure price tags. I just read an interesting article on this very subject. A company saw the need for BI but couldn’t afford even the cheapest of options. Their solution involved pivot tables in Excel spreadsheets. This cost roughly 25k, took a year to deploy, and came with limitations. Still, the article outlines the solution as a great success considering the budget the company was working with.

I disagree.

m-Power could have done the job better, faster, and for nearly the same price. They could have had a much more powerful java-based BI solution without all the limitations that come with Excel.

If you’re interested in BI for your business, but find the prices are too high, fill out this form and let us know what you need. We’ll be happy to provide a free, no-obligation demonstration of m-Power’s capabilities.


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