The 3 Killer Reasons Why SaaS Business Intelligence Is Better

  • Matthew Scullion
  • September 9, 2013

The 3 Killer Reasons Why Saas Business Intelligence Is BetterMany businesses make the mistake of focusing too much on the technology aspects of SaaS Business Intelligence, rather than on the impact that a SaaS Business Intelligence model has on costs, cash flow, and project timescale. 

Undeniably, Software as a Service (SaaS) has come of age. Take a look, and you’ll see any number of big businesses relying on SaaS: General Electric, Ford, Nestlé, Burberry, Jaguar Land Rover, Procter & Gamble—these and many more rely on SaaS for key areas of mission-critical business functionality.

Google Apps,, Microsoft’s Office 365—in areas like these, it’s simply no longer considered noteworthy for a business to ditch the on-premise software model, and decamp to the cloud. SaaS-based ERP, too, is here to stay. And any number of niche supply chain and procurement solutions are available through SaaS models.

But what about Business Intelligence? Does SaaS Business Intelligence offer the same compelling advantages? The answer: yes.

So what are these advantages? Why should a business evaluating Business Intelligence opt for a SaaS Business Intelligence solution, as opposed to a traditional on-premise model?

SaaS Business Intelligence is implemented quickly

The odds are, you’re looking at Business Intelligence because you need answers—and usually, you need those answers fast. Unfortunately, the average on‑premise Business Intelligence project takes 12‑24 months to implement.

A SaaS-based solution is much, much faster. At Matillion, we can deliver an effective, enterprise quality, SaaS Business Intelligence and Self‑Service Reporting project in a few weeks.

Meaning that you get those all-important answers faster.

SaaS Business Intelligence is affordable

As a rough rule of thumb, you can estimate the ancillary cos

ts (installation, hardware, consultancy, support, staff etc) of an on-premise Business Intelligence solution at between 300‑700% of the license cost of the software solution involved. So if you’re looking at a £20,000 spend on software, you should plan to spend £60,000 on everything else. Spend £100,000 on software, and the total cost could be £300,000 ‑ £700,000 by the time you’ve fully implemented.

Yet again, SaaS Business Intelligence works to a different mode

l. At Matillion, for instance, we deliver business intelligence projects on an affordable, fixed-price basis. We can do this because we have a well-tried implementation process, skilled personnel who have applied the process many times before, and a firm focus on a low-pain, rapid implementation that saves time and money.

SaaS Business Intelligence is cash-flow friendly

As we’ve seen, not only does the traditional on-premise Business Intelligence solution take 12-24 months to implement, but it also requires a hefty upfront investment. At worst, the scale of this required investment may be such that it results in a decision not to pursue a Business Intelligence project at all.

With SaaS Business Intelligence, on the other hand, the payment model is an all-inclusive monthly subscription that includes support and on‑going changes. Handily, this also means that the costs of SaaS Business Intelligence are paid for by the benefits that it delivers.

SaaS Business Intelligence: the final tally

Put all that together, and what emerges is a compelling argument in favour of scrapping the on-premise model, and moving to SaaS Business Intelligence.

Costs: down. Cash flow: up. Time-to-benefit: faster. All which adds up to a hefty ROI, achieved sooner.

Do this sound like a killer argument to you? It does to us.

If you’d like to know more about SaaS Business Intelligence, register for our free webinar:  8 Ways Your Company Can Streamline Reporting With Self-Service BI.