This paper initially started as an investigation into comparative pricing for business intelligence solutions and then evolved into a consideration of total cost of ownership for such environments. Along the way, as we shall discuss, we discovered some other interesting facts as well.
In our experience far too many companies look only at the initial license costs of software or at the subscription costs of that software, without taking other factors into account. To an extent this is understandable, because it is often easier to get authorisation for operational expenditure as opposed to capital expenditure.
However, in the view of Bloor Research this is a false economy. As an example, it is becoming well established that while it may be “cheap” from a hardware and software perspective to deploy a Hadoop cluster that is by no means the case when it comes to implementing that cluster.