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Business Intelligence Apps Available on Demand

More and more vendors offer BI software as a service.

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A growing number of business intelligence (BI) vendors are offering BI software as a service (SaaS). They range from well-known companies such as Business Objects (with www.crystalreports.com), Cognos and SAS to new entrants such as LucidEra and Oco and Seatab, which have established their presence over the last two years. In Ventana Research's view, the SaaS trend is a response to customer companies looking for less expensive software licensing, simpler deployment and higher usage rates. While these are all valid reasons for moving to SaaS, it does not signal "the end of software as we know it," as CEO Marc Benioff of salesforce.com claims.

In evaluating the SaaS model, Ventana Research recommends that organizations carefully consider security implications, such where the hardware physically is located, who has access to the servers and data, and the impact of these factors on regulatory compliance. Moving to SaaS is not as easy as simply having your BI software hosted; the issues of multiple client tenancy and managing organizations' access to the data and applications can be challenging, as Siebel and, more recently, SAP learned. Further, we recommend that organizations evaluate how a vendor's SaaS architecture fits with their IT standards and its impact on interoperability with their own internal systems.

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