Celequest, the leading provider of operational business intelligence (BI), announced LAVA On Demand, the first software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering for BI available as both a hosted and managed service.
Celequest takes all the benefits of the LAVA appliance - scalability, ease of deployment, and low TCO - and delivers them as a fully managed service. With low upfront costs, pay-as-you-go pricing and trouble-free installation and management, LAVA On Demand enables organizations of any size, even those with minimal IT resources, to benefit from the power of operational BI.
According to a June 2006 report by Gartner, entitled "Findings: The Software-as-a-Service Model Shows Limitations for Business Applications" and authored by Michael Maoz and Robert P. Desisto, "The emergence of software as a service (SaaS) will enable organizations to disaggregate commoditized functionality that was expected to be part of large enterprise suites. This will potentially bring about greater flexibility and agility, release IT resources, and give users (especially in small and midsize businesses, where centralized IT is less critical) access to a range of emerging vendors and their plug-and-play SaaS applications."
Organizations can get started with as few as five users and scale up to thousands as requirements grow. Since Celequest manages and monitors the hardware and the software, companies will reduce their administration and maintenance costs, while enjoying improved uptime and more reliable performance. And unlike with other SaaS products, companies can address data security and data integration issues by choosing to keep all their BI data entirely within the company's firewall.
BI Your Way: Hosted or Managed Service
LAVA On Demand is available in two subscription-based options: a managed service, where BI data remains entirely within the company's firewall; and as a hosted service, hosted by Celequest.
LAVA Managed Service is the first SaaS offering in the BI industry that enables companies to enjoy the benefits of managed software while ensuring that data remains secure. In this model, Celequest remotely manages a dedicated LAVA appliance housed inside a customer's firewall, avoiding the pitfalls of data security and remote data integration. This is made possible by the new LAVA Remote Service Manager, which handles upgrades, patches, software and hardware monitoring - as well as troubleshooting and recovery. No data is ever transmitted outside the company's firewall.
LAVA Hosted Service provides a 100 percent hosted solution at an even lower initial cost. This model is ideal for organizations with few IT resources, as it requires no IT involvement and no hardware or software need be installed internally. It also works best when there are only one or two data sources - or when application data is already hosted outside the company, such as on salesforce.com.
- Self-service performance dashboards present an at-a-glance view of the business that can be customized by individual users as business conditions change.
- Extensive data integration capabilities seamlessly aggregate and correlate data from multiple operational systems, data warehouses and other data sources.
- Patent-pending streaming data engine enables continuous updates to key performance metrics and fast end-user query response times
- Integrated workflow and collaboration features provide closed-loop task management and automatic alerts based on business rules.
- Compliance with SOA standards allows plug-and-play installation.
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