What it offers: Pipeline Accelerator, real-time sales forecasting and pipeline management SaaS for line-of-business managers
Why it's worth watching: Despite some initial skepticism that business intelligence was too complex to tackle from a SaaS perspective, enterprise interest in BI as a service is taking off, says Jeff Kaplan, managing director of ThinkStrategies, which compiles the SaaS Showplace of providers. Among many interesting BI SaaS providers, Cloud9 is representative of those focused on moving capabilities to the edge of a company. "BI used to be this thing cloistered in the corporate headquarters because it was so complex that the information could only be filtered out to the field," Kaplan says. "What SaaS in general and Cloud9 in particular have done is make BI more readily available at the field level so frontline workers can take advantage of it and make better decisions."