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Cost of Business Intelligence Solutions


If we look at the full costs of business intelligence solutions we must include:

  • Database Technology - such as additional data warehouse software and tool licenses, OLAP engines, specialized ETL tools.
  • BI Software License Costs - analytics, modeling software, advanced reporting, graphics, and dashboard technology. You must also include any integration to desktop software or additional “per seat” costs related to the BI stack.
  • Software Update/Upgrade Costs - of both the BI software and any additional software as well as additional charges not included in the original purchase of annual maintenance.
  • Software Maintenance Calculation - generall based on purchase price or an annual price.
  • Hardware & Operational Environment Costs - costs related to the hardware and processing platform dedicated to running database and BI software. This must also include backup and archival costs.
  • Staffing Costs - FTE salaries and accomodation costs to manage, design, develop and support of the BI program.

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