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Building Material Distributors: Distributor Chooses Microsoft BI over IBM, Cuts Deployment Time and Saves $100,000

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Executive Summary

Building Material Distributors (BMD) supplies quality building products to independent lumberyards, building material dealers, window and door specialty retailers, hardware retailers, and home centers. Building Material Distributors (BMD) needed automated, real-time business intelligence (BI). In 2011, the company worked with third-party Pivotstream to deploy a hosted Microsoft BI solution. By doing so, BMD saved more than U.S.$100,000. It also dramatically sped deployment, saved 200 IT hours monthly, increased efficiency, and boosted competitive advantage. By implementing a self-service BI solution based on SQL Server 2008 R2, PowerPivot for SharePoint, and PowerPivot Excel, BMD saves money, boosts efficiency, and improves its competitive advantage.

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