How to Choose the Right Software as a Service (SaaS) BI Tool

Before you think about your SaaS options, ask yourself why you should choose an "on-demand" BI tool over the more conventional "on-premise" BI tool.

An Easy-to-use BI Solution

A SaaS BI tool can be a great solution, especially if you are a BI beginner:

  • No installation - on-demand BI applications require no setup, no overhead, and no wait
  • Web interface and mobile BI - SaaS tools are remotely accessible, meaning they're never further away than the nearest mobile phone
  • No IT knowledge necessary - Everything is off-site, so there's no need to know about OLAP, ETL, data warehouses, etc.
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Flexible Data Output Options

On-demand BI tools offer a robust set of publishing options:

  • Standard publishing formats such as PDF, DOC, XLS, etc.
  • Embed your visualizations in your blog or intranet
  • Export to Excel or Google Sheets to re-use in external analysis
  • Share your analysis with colleagues through email

About InetSoft

Since 1996 InetSoft has been delivering easy, agile, and robust business intelligence software that makes it possible for organizations and solution providers of all sizes to deploy or embed full-featured business intelligence solutions. Application highlights include visually-compelling and interactive dashboards that ensure greater end-user adoption plus pixel-perfect report generation, scheduling, and bursting.

InetSoft's patent pending Data Blockô technology enables productive reuse of queries and a unique capability for end-user defined data mashup. This capability combined with efficient information access enabled by InetSoft's visual analysis technologies allows maximum self-service that benefits the average business user, the IT administrator, and the developer.

InetSoft solutions have been deployed at over 5,000 organizations worldwide, including 25% of Fortune 500 companies, spanning all types of industries.

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