The combination of product maturity, acquisitions and a slow sales market is yielding some interesting new options for buyers who might otherwise be stalled in the budget crunch for new investment in business intelligence infrastructure.

I was talking to Cindi Howson at BIScorecard about this in an interview for an upcoming issue of our magazine. Cindi is advising some of her customers with project requirements but no money to revisit their Microsoft relationship, since the vendor has begun bundling dashboards and some analytics with SharePoint products (Google analytics already supports Sharepoint). Maybe it’s not everything they wanted, but it’s something to work with.

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