About this paper
BI and analytics tools and platforms today are easier to use and deploy, which could level the playing field for SMBs in competition with larger organizations. Currently the most prevalent tools for accessing, analyzing, reporting and presenting data are spreadsheet applications and reporting tools embedded in point solutions. Without the ability to interact with data effectively, SMB users are at a disadvantage, especially as business growth, change and regulatory duties increase the size of (often scattered) data resources and the complexity of analytical demands. This TDWI Checklist Report details six areas where SMBs should focus as they move beyond spreadsheets to improve capabilities for gaining data insights.