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Lyndsay Wise

Hi and welcome to my blog! I look forward to bringing you weekly posts about what is happening in the world of BI, CDI and marketing performance management.

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Lyndsay is the President and Founder of WiseAnalytics, an independent analyst firm specializing in business intelligence, master data management and unstructured data. For more than seven years, she has assisted clients in business systems analysis, software selection and implementation of enterprise applications. Lyndsay conducts regular research studies, consults, writes articles and speaks about improving the value of business intelligence within organizations. She can be reached at lwise@wiseanalytics.com.

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Lately more vendors are moving towards the availability of free access to a specific set of their overall offerings.  For some this means total access to solutions but with a limited number of users, and for others, this means access to reporting or the ability to pull data from a limited number of data sources.  Either way, the affect of open source vendors such as Pentaho, Actuate, and Jaspersoft has been great on the way solution providers expand towards making their solutions more accessible to organizations.

With leading vendors such as QlikView offering free personal use, and Microstrategy with their new reporting suite that offers full functionality for free for up to 100 users, the way in which BI is used and assessed is changing.  Most vendors offer free trials to help organizations get up and running, but with the availability of these new free solutions, will limited trials continue to be enough to satiate users and provide long term value to companies?

Only time will tell -- what is happening, however, is that BI is slowly shifting so that smaller organizations or organizations with a small number of BI users to access and develop their own solutions for limited or no cost.

Posted July 20, 2009 1:26 PM
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