BI for Basic Reporting? Consider the Alternatives First

Author(s): Gareth Doherty

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BI is an expensive way to solve a reporting problem, and many organizations underestimate the challenge of the data consolidation required to add value to BI as a reporting tool. This research note describes five common alternatives, including BI, for basic reporting:

  • An explanation of five common reporting options.
  • Cost criteria for financial comparisons.
  • Value criteria for a functional evaluation of the solutions.

By carefully balancing the cost and value associated with a reporting solution, organizations can find cost effective alternatives to a BI reporting tool.

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