Business intelligence tools have become necessary in today’s business world due to the increased data involved in complex business transactions. Traditional Business Intelligence solutions make it simple for employees to access, consolidate, and analyze valuable enterprise information. However, with traditional BI tools service and maintenance is still difficult because it requires programming knowledge. Recently it has appeared that the introduction of SaaS BI solutions has begun to solve this problem.
The Aberdeen Group recently conducted a study on organizations using SaaS business intelligence tools. Their findings showed that organizations using SaaS BI were 50% more likely to have self service users. The study also highlighted that businesses using SaaS BI were twice as likely to create their own custom dashboards
David White, senior research analyst at Aberdeen Group, explained the reason behind the higher percentage of self service users. He said, “SaaS BI fosters self-service in many ways. It provides increased ability to automate the generation and distribution of reports, drill-down capabilities and the creation of automated alerts. It’s also clear that Software-as-a-Service is finding favor with new user populations. Smaller organizations that need a step up from the humble spreadsheet and larger organizations that need to provide BI to under served employees are both driving adoption.”
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