The Benefits of Business Intelligence … With or Without SaaS

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A recent article in Industry Week on making the move to SaaS listed 7 ways that SaaS BI can help manufacturers. I found the article amusing because these key insights hold true whether or not you deploy your BI on SaaS.

So, here are seven ways BI can help you:

  • identification of demand trends
  • analysis of supplier costs and delivery histories
  • identification of customer buying patterns
  • channel team empowerment via full visibility into sales history
  • increased profitability through better cost controls and inventory levels
  • improved customer satisfaction through better service levels
  • continuous operational improvement

And, even better, you can do all this with a good “spend analysis” tool that was designed for more general “data analysis”. So go do it.