Plenty has been written on empowering users with self-service business intelligence, but the topic is rarely viewed through the lens of small to midsized businesses grappling with limited IT resources and small budgets. Paradoxically, small and midsized businesses often have more to gain in terms of bottom-line impact of BI than larger Fortune 500 companies do.

The rapid growth of visual analysis and data discovery BI tools is just the latest chapter in the evolution of business intelligence software from IT-centric platforms to self-service products, and it is a trend that has the potential to make a great impact on smaller organizations. While many small and midsized businesses scoff at the idea of implementing a BI solution, BI does not have to be big and scary. Many solutions today require no IT footprint and can be easily piloted in just one area of your organization. It just takes careful planning to introduce and implement BI properly.

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