Tips for Estimating Cloud BI Implementation Costs

How much should you budget to roll out cloud-based self-service business intelligence across the enterprise? Standardization on one of the easiest, most inexpensive solutions in the market required over a million dollars in implementation fees thus far for a public energy company in 2017. How can a simple, low-priced, cloud software as a service (SaaS) business intelligence offering designed for non-technical users be expensive to implement? Let's find out.

Understand Loss Leader Cloud Offerings

Giveaway cloud self-service business intelligence apps are a loss leader for premium cloud data services. Free beautiful dashboards are the key to selling pricey cloud data lakes, data warehouses and databases to the business. When successfully marketed, loss leader cloud self-service business intelligence solutions bring in new customers, lure back lost customers, and increase overall cloud expenditures for existing customers.

When cloud vendors supply low cost analytics solutions, services providers benefit from an immediate larger share of customer wallet to implement those apps. Money that would have been spent on infrastructure, hardware, maintenance and upgrades can now be invested elsewhere. Savvy technical services firms are jumping on today’s loss leader cloud business intelligence offerings to get the services work. To deploy cloud business intelligence enterprise-wide typically requires both premium cloud data services and professional implementation assistance.

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Bait and switch
  • 7/11/2017 11:31:43 AM

This is one of the oldest techniques in the book. It is like giving away razors and selling blades. The cloud vendors take a loss on intitial services and make ti all back on the necessary premium services.