August 11 - Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company, recently found that small to midsized companies globally are exploring business intelligence deployment to affect more functions within the organization as well as more job roles within each function.

The value of a well-conceived BI strategy is becoming more evident in all organizations but especially so in SMBs. With the emergence of software as a service, open source BI and other on-demand approaches, the analytical firepower that was once reserved for the Fortune 500 is now available to smaller and more resource-restricted organizations. The study, “BI for the SMB 2009,” found that 99 percent of top performing organizations were able to deliver BI to their employees in a self-service, non IT-assisted capacity, helping improve adoption of the tools and spread them throughout the organization. By leveraging a simultaneously tactical and strategic approach to BI, these SMBs were able to spread BI across their organizations in order to produce substantial revenue and profit growth.

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