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Bime: The time is right for cloud BI

Nancy Gohring | Oct. 8, 2014
Bime, an early provider of a cloud BI product, says the pieces are finally in place to let more businesses take advantage of its product. Bime is rolling out a revamped UI and a simplified pricing structure today.

Bime's base plan now costs $490 a month and includes 35 connectors. A "big data" plan costs $690 and includes connectors to repositories like Google BigQuery, Amazon Redshift, SAP Hana, and HP Vertica.

Bime has also redesigned the UI to make it easier to use. The service automatically chooses the type of chart that should fit the data source that a user is querying. It also now treats more elements like widgets so that users can more easily move items around.

Bime lists some big name customers on its Web site including Shell, Greenpeace, Husqvarna, Sony, Cisco, and Western Union. But it has some tough competition. Birst and GoodData are perhaps the best known cloud BI providers. There are also a host of other cloud businesses like Chartio, ClearStory, Roambi, and BigML, that deliver data visualization tools that might meet the BI requirements of some users. It's likely that the traditional BI vendors are thinking about how they might offer cloud BI as well.

Delacour's not worried though. Products like Bime open the door to many more users within an organization, meaning there's plenty of opportunity, she said. "I think there's a huge market," she said.


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