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Software as a Service (SaaS) and BI

by Steve BogdonFriday, August 6, 2010

In August, Dashboard Insight will be taking a second look at Software as a Service (SaaS) and BI.  We look forward to posting a variety of relevant articles related to the subject.

As we stated last year, when thinking about SaaS, a few questions immediately come to mind: How does this delivery model compare to traditional software deployment?  What are the concerns of your I.T. department?  What are the security issues - and are there security advantages/disadvantages in dealing with large or small companies?  What are the variables in pricing and contracts?  And finally, is SaaS some kind of fad or is it really the future of software delivery?

We're going to take a fresh look at these - and more - questions this month.
As always, we welcome your contribution to this topic.  We invite you to submit content (an article, white paper or perhaps take part in an interview) to help share your knowledge of SaaS and business intelligence.


A Quick Introduction To Software-As-A-Service (SaaS)

Long, long ago in the prehistoric olden days - before the late '90s - software was sold as a standalone product that you sourced, installed, configured, secured, administered, updated and then eventually used. Depending on the application, you could spend a lot of time and money deploying and configuring a package before finally getting the chance to actually run it. Then as new enhancements/features were desired and made available, more and more tweaking was required - and likely more hardware was also needed.

by: Robert Hunter, Dashboard Insight

SaaS vs. Traditional License – What’s Best?

We work with large companies and dealing with them can often be problematic, as they have intrinsic business and technology issues. We may convince managers of our value proposition only to later run into “not on my network” from the CIO. Other times, an organization has a budget for a solution but not enough funds to support enterprise deployment. Software as a Service (SaaS) removes these barriers and others for our clients and for us. A simple subscription business model provides an alternative: companies can ‘plug-in’ and subscribe to software/services built on shared infrastructure via the Internet.

by: Shan McAdoo, Riverlogic

Outlining The Cloud: Service-Based Computing

Nearly every genre of computing technology will have a healthy dependence on cloud computing in the future. On-demand resource sharing of software, data, networks and computing platform services will soon become the new normal for users of electronic business applications. This new paradigm of provisioning, delivery and consumption of IT services will wield a weighty influence on Web 3.0, which will be about highly dynamic and scalable cloud service models, as much as it will be about newfangled data taxonomies or forward-looking logical and physical classifications of information (and the interaction of said information) on the internet.

by: William Laurent

How SaaS Has Changed The BI Landscape

Until recently, traditional business intelligence applications led the way for companies looking to apply analytics within their organizations. Businesses looking for alternatives to large data warehousing and BI infrastructures were hard pressed to find alternatives outside of open source offerings. As enterprise organizations became more mature in their BI use, solution providers started to expand their offerings towards a broader audience. One of the outcomes is the proliferation of Software as a Service (SaaS) for BI and analytics, which has led to a slow and steady change in the way BI is offered and has changed expectations of organizations in relation to business intelligence due to increased flexibility and ease of delivery.

by: Lyndsay Wise, WiseAnalytics

Around The World Of Software Services

The Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model represents the next frontier for enterprise business intelligence (BI) applications. While service oriented architecture (SOA) has done a great deal to foster the effectiveness of BI as a whole, cloud-based software services—where companies lease, rather than buy software applications and data-processing functions over the internet—constitute the next quantum leap for data mining and corporate intelligence solutions.

by: William Laurent

The SaaS Value Proposition

Eweek recently featured an interview with Adam Selipsky, the Vice-President of Amazon Web Services (AWS), in which he revealed the most persistent myths about Cloud Computing that he has to deal with in his job.

by: Robert Chapman, We Are Cloud

Five SaaS BI Trends to Watch in 2010

Software as a Service (SaaS) BI adoption is undergoing a sea-change. Industry-watchers expect implementations to grow steadily in the coming year, as businesses seek to deploy intuitive BI tools and applications cost-effectively to more users, reduce time to value and time to scale, and lower capital expenditures. In many respects, these are historic times for BI.

by: Quentin Gallivan, Pivotlink

Case Study: Using a Software as a Service (SaaS) Model to Deploy Analytics

Phone Works is a professional services company designed to help organizations develop and implement sales strategies by building new inside sales teams or by optimizing existing inside sales groups. Their use of Salesforce.com to manage their customer relations and sales process was limited by their inability to look at historical data. While Salesforce.com provides a comprehensive look at the current picture of business through static reports, Phone Works was unable to look deeper into the organization’s inner workings to determine trends and to manage the sales cycle progress. They required the ability to access historical data alongside their current data and analyze the information to gain better insights into their overall performance as well as be able to identify trends.

by: Lyndsay Wise, WiseAnalytics

How The Cloud Can Tell Retailers What Will Sell

Meager consumer spending combined with falling stock prices has led to contraction in the retail industry, with more than 675,000 jobs shed over the last year in the US alone. But whichever way the market goes next, the retail industry cannot afford to conduct business based solely on economic forecasts. Instead, companies must modernize and invest in the tools that allow a business to run more efficiently through intelligent inventory distribution, a heightened awareness of customer needs and seamless collaboration with supply partners.

by: Quentin Gallivan, Pivotlink

On Becoming a SaaS Steward - How IT should evolve with software-as-a-service

Despite a sluggish economy, job losses and relatively flat IT budgets, the corporate appetite for software-as-a-service (SaaS) continues to rise at an amazing pace. So surprising was this “perfect storm” of convergence around SaaS that IDC recently increased its SaaS growth projection for 2009 from 36 percent growth to 40.5 percent growth over 2008.

by: Matthew Mikell, SAS

Is This The Inflection Point For SaaS?

The recession has impacted us all in varying ways, both personally and professionally. On the business front, most companies have had to come to terms with cutbacks in budgets and spending. They’ve been very diligent about trimming expenses and, in particular, reducing capital expenditures. As we prepare for the imminent economic recovery (we can only hope), it is a good time to take stock of what behavioral changes might continue longer term.

by: Wayne Morris, CEO, myDIALS Inc.

Business Intelligence In The Cloud - BI And Software As A Service

Business intelligence (BI) projects still have extremely high failure rates and tie up countless amounts of money and human capital; however, with the emergence of cloud computing and Software as a Service (SaaS), BI solutions no longer have to be unmanageable, risky and prohibitively expensive affairs. Historically, small and medium-sized businesses have not been able to afford the high cost and complexity of BI, while larger business entities became stuck with clunky, brittle and unwieldy BI platforms and architectures that never delivered their promised ROI.

by: William Laurent, William Laurent, Inc.

One-on-One with myDIALS - Wayne Morris, President and CEO

Dashboard Insight recently spoke with Wayne Morris, President and CEO of myDIALS about BI, software-as-a-service and performance improvement.

by: Dashboard Insight

Choosing application types – the bottom line for decision makers

Business intelligence is in a state of change. The options available to organizations are diversifying, leaving decision makers confused about their way forward and how their choices will affect their overall business intelligence environment as well as their dashboard design and deployments. Decision makers are responsible for making technology and software selections without the benefit of foresight or being able to understand how their choices will affect their internal environment and their business decisions.

by: Lyndsay Wise, WiseAnalytics

Software As A Service – Its Benefits And Applications Within Organizations

More and more companies looking to take advantage of software applications without the hassles of all that goes into an onsite implementation are adopting Software as a Service (SaaS). In addition to the months it can take to implement an on-premise solution, the development and maintenance that requires extra time in order to get the system up and running can make it more difficult to accurately measure the shorter term return on investment (ROI) of the solution. Within a society that values instant gratification and getting more for less, the ability to “turn on a switch” and have access to valuable insights while spending less up front ends up being a great pull towards the adoption of on-demand solutions.

by: Lyndsay Wise, WiseAnalytics

Cloud Computing - DaaS And The Public Vs. Private Debate

If you enjoy intra-family battles, you’re going to love this one. It combines potshots across the bow between members of the same family who, for years, were in the same “all-for-one-and-one-for-all” boat. It also includes strong elements, present in any technology battle, pitting true believers of one side against the other.

by: John Thompson, Kognotio

One-on-One with Dyke Hensen - CMO, PivotLink Inc.

Dashboard Insight recently spoke with PivotLink's Dyke Hensen about his cloud-based SaaS BI solution, its future, and why he thinks traditional BI has failed end users.

by: Karly Gaffney, Dashboard Insight

Expansion Of SaaS-Based BI Solutions

This article explores the expansion of BI applications delivered as a service within mainstream business intelligence. Not only are the types of solutions available expanding, but the opportunities for organizations to access BI quickly and efficiently is also growing

by: Lyndsay Wise, WiseAnalytics

Six BI Trends You Can’t Ignore

Business intelligence (BI) technology has had a tremendous impact on decision-making activities at most companies. In the last several years, it has become one of the most commonly deployed software technologies in the business world, helping executives, managers, and professional analysts stay in touch with current activities.

by: Michael Corcoran, http://www.informationbuilders.com

Dashboard Insight will be adding Software as a Service (SaaS) BI articles all month.

Please check back often.


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