Making the Most of Cloud-Based Business Intelligence

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Mega Clouds!by Angela Guess

Writing for Information Management, Bob Violino recently noted, “More than 50 percent of businesses currently use or plan to use cloud-based business intelligence, according to a survey by Dresner Advisory Services. Still several common hurdles have limited cloud-based BI’s adoption in some companies. The report, the latest in the firm’s Wisdom of Crowds series of research, examines usage trends and perceptions of cloud BI. The primary barrier to adoption of cloud-based BI remains security, and cloud BI as a concept retains “mid-tier importance” among the 775 survey respondents worldwide.”

Violino goes on, “Other findings of the research: Sales and marketing attach the greatest importance and are the greatest users of cloud BI; very small and very large organizations attach the most importance to cloud BI; private cloud BI models remain the most preferred, followed by public; and “bread and butter” functionality including self-service, dashboards, and visualization top the list of required cloud BI features. The perceived benefits of cloud BI continue to reflect conventional wisdom of cost savings, easier maintenance and greater access to BI, according to the study.”

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