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Business Intelligence: Small Businesses Leapfrog Bigger Ones in Move to BI in the Cloud

By Dick Weisinger

Business prefer to use the cloud when running Business Intelligence (BI) apps, according to a study by the BARC Research and Eckerson Group, and among cloud alternatives, the public cloud is preferred.

Findings from the BARC and Eckerson report include:

  • 78 percent of organizations plan to increase their use of cloud BI
  • Nearly half of organizations prefer to use the public cloud, rather than private or hybrid cloud platforms for BI
  • BI applications are increasingly targeting more sophisticated “power users” rather than casual users

The report found that “as a SaaS application, BI is much easier to deploy in the cloud than a data management solution, which requires infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) deployments. Also, companies must assess security, privacy and political issues when moving data in the cloud. This makes sense since many small companies don’t have legacy systems, IT staff or in-house infrastructure to prevent them from embracing the cloud. They can use the cloud to leapfrog bigger companies with more mature BI implementations.”

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