The demise of software-as-a-service (SaaS) BI specialist LucidEra put new light on the still-incubating SaaS BI and DW markets. It also raised questions about the viability of the SaaS model -- questions, argues Brad Peters, CEO of SaaS BI specialist Birst Inc., that are, to a degree, inappropriate.
Peters says that LucidEra wasn't a SaaS B player in the strictest sense of the word. The chief problem with LucidEra BI, he contends, was that it was too specific: its targeted analytic applications limited its applicability to wider audiences.
For these reasons, Peters argues, LucidEra wasn't so much a SaaS but an ASP (application service provider) vendor.
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