The Death of Business Intelligence

Cloud-based BI solutions preferred

Posted in Analytics, Business Intelligence by neilwilson1984 on September 30, 2013

Business Intelligence (BI) and analytics software professionals overwhelmingly prefer a cloud-based BI solution over conventional, on-premise installed software for gaining access to the real-time business data they need to make better decisions, according to a new report.

Cloud BI user satisfaction tops 80 per cent, says the study from Dimensional Research, which found BI professionals say cloud solutions offer faster implementation, lower total cost of ownership and broader user adoption than installed BI software

“These results confirm that cloud BI solutions are strongly preferred, offering faster, easier and more economical deployment and lower total cost of ownership, along with superior ease of use, which drives broader user adoption within the organization,” said Diane Hagglund, senior research analyst for Dimensional Research and the study’s author.

Cloud BI users reported the highest level of satisfaction, with four in five “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with their solution, compared to just over half (51 per cent) of on-premise BI users who were satisfied.

More than half of BI users said they would choose a cloud BI solution over on-premise, while only 14 per cent said they would prefer on-premise software.

It was also found that cloud BI solutions offer faster implementation. Four-fifths (83 per cent) said cloud BI solutions offer faster implementation compared to on-premise software, with 69 per cent of cloud BI implementations were completed in less than three months.

By comparison, the majority of on-premise users said their deployments took more than six months, and 44 per cent were completed behind schedule.

Cloud solutions, says the report, are cheaper. Fewer than one-third of cloud BI users reported implementation cost overruns, while nearly half of on-premise users said they exceeded budget or incurred unexpected costs during implementation.

In addition, three in five (60 per cent) of those polled said cloud BI solutions are easier to use, and require much less training. Four-tenths (44 per cent) stated that on-premise required the most training for business users, compared to only five per cent for cloud BI users. When asked about administrative overhead, 80 per cent stated that on-premise solutions require more administrators.

Adoption rates are also better in the cloud. Over half of respondents said more employees access and use cloud BI solution, compared to just 17 per cent for on-premise BI.

“The truth is that regardless of how beautiful your application is, how many features it offers, or how much it costs—if employees don’t use it, all of that is irrelevant. This survey proves that more people prefer –and actually use—Cloud BI to gain the critical business intelligence they need to drive success,” said Brad Peters, chief executive officer and co-founder of Birst, which commissioned the study.

The report comes as Oracle launches ten cloud services, as well as a cloud marketplace, to show it is serious about the cloud. These include database as a service, Java in the cloud, and business intelligence (BI) in the cloud.

Thomas Kurin, executive vice-president for product development at Oracle, explained to Computer Weekly: “[We can] give you enterprise resource planning [ERP], human capital management [HCM] and customer experience [CX] in a single cloud.”

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