Cloud Emerging as Best Option for BI

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 10-15-2013 Email Print this article Print

As big data continues to increase its impact upon today's organizations, CIOs must continue to incorporate effective business intelligence (BI) solutions to support revenue-enhancing efforts. In fact, these solutions now account for a $13 billion market, according to Gartner, as enterprises are finding that they can help business-side departments make better sense of sales numbers, consumer trends and other key metrics. In order to deploy BI that's better, faster and cheaper, CIOs and other technology leaders are turning to cloud-based options as opposed to traditional on-premise ones, according to a recent survey from Birst. The accompanying report, Comparing Cloud and On-Premise BI: A Survey of Business Intelligence Users, reveals the cloud has taken a significant lead with respect to overall likeliness of adoption, as it has earned high marks for overall customer satisfaction, affordability and timeliness of implementation. It's also considered more user-friendly, which has emerged as a deciding factor. "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," says Brad Peters, CEO and cofounder of Birst. More than 400 professionals who have worked with at least one type of BI solution—including many who have experience with multiple ones—participated in the research. For more about the survey, click here

  • Personal Preference

    54% would choose a cloud-based BI solution for a new environment, compared to 14% who'd opt for on-premise.
    1-Personal Preference
  • Satisfaction Equation

    80% are satisfied with cloud BI, compared to 51% who are satisfied with on-premise.
    2-Satisfaction Equation
  • Thinking Tools

    68% say neither cloud nor on-premise BI makes an impact on better decision making, compared to 27% who say cloud does and 5% who say on-premise does.
    3-Thinking Tools
  • Need for Speed

    83% say they can implement cloud BI faster, compared to 13% who say it makes no difference and 4% who say on-premise is faster.
    4-Need for Speed
  • Time Window

    69% of cloud initial implementations and deployments took less than three months, compared to 38% for on-premise.
    5-Time Window
  • Pace Setter

    70% of initial cloud BI implementations were completed on or ahead of schedule, compared to 56% for on-premise.
    6-Pace Setter
  • Within Budget

    68% of cloud BI implementations did not exceed anticipated costs, compared to 54% for on-premise.
    7-Within Budget
  • User-Friendly

    59% say cloud BI is easier for business users to adapt, compared to 11% for on-premise, but 30% say it doesn't matter.
  • Class in Session

    51% say neither cloud nor on-premise BI require more training, although 44% say on-premise does and only 5% say cloud does.
    9-Class in Session
  • Staffing Up

    80% say on-premise BI results in needing more admins to support, compared to just 2% for cloud BI, while 18% say it makes no difference.
    10-Staffing Up
  • Favored Tool

    51% say cloud BI has a greater percentage of employees who access it regularly, compared to 18% who say on-premise does, while 31% say it doesn't matter.
    11-Favored Tool
  • Moving Target

    68% say cloud BI offers better support for mobile devices, while 32% say it makes no difference. Literally no survey participants felt that on-premise is better for mobility.
    12-Moving Target
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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