For many companies, traditional business intelligence (BI) software is costly and resource-intensive. So are open source alternatives that require significant configuration and integration. In contrast, software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions can reduce the cost of a BI deployment by providing automation and pre-integration. Compare total cost of ownership (TCO) for traditional, open source, and SaaS BI solutions.
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a Business Intelligence Deployment The process of converting raw data into useful business intelligence suitable for business decision making involves significant investment throughout the BI process; from development through implementation, deployment, and maintenance. Broadly speaking, IDC groups BI costs into 5 major cost categories (source: IDC, 2007): initial deployment costs, ongoing management costs, software costs, hardware costs and downtime. For a prototypical BI project (50 users, 10-15 data