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June 2013, Volume 1, Number 3

BI in the cloud: Find your bliss

Companies have embraced the public cloud for many operational applications, but they've been less than eager to put business intelligence systems in the cloud. Why? BI holds the keys to corporate data, and for security and compliance reasons many companies don't want that information to pass beyond the firewall. Plus, robust BI applications require custom development, which undermines one of the main benefits of using the cloud -- fast deployment. Nonetheless, BI managers will have to face the cloud. There are simply too many advantages: Aside from deploying quickly, there's no hardware to buy or IT people to hire, and customers pay a subscription based on usage instead of a licensing fee. So how do you begin? If you're a startup, the answer is simple: Go all-in with BI in the cloud. Most likely, a majority of your operational applications will also be cloud-based. And, if all your data is already in the cloud, just run your BI environment there too. If you already run your BI environment on-premises, however, you need to be ...

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