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Published: 12 Jun 2013

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? Wayne Eckerson 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 more tactical. Say... Access >>>

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    • Cloud apps are movin' on up by Scot Petersen, Editorial Director

      It’s not new anymore. The cloud is everywhere, and most business apps out there have cloud versions as well. But it still put some companies on edge, and they aren’t on board -- yet.

    • BI in the cloud: Find your bliss by Wayne Eckerson

      Hosting business intelligence off-premises might seem scary, but soon it will be a necessary and normal part of corporate life. For the biggest benefit, learn the lay of the land.

    • Moving toward cloud finance? First, some questions by Mary Driscoll

      As more organizations put their trust in the cloud, many will start putting financial applications in it as well. Before making that leap, make sure your process is sound. Then grill those vendors.

    • Enterprise cloud services: Who's responsible? by Jan Stafford

      Learn why the question of who's responsible for specific areas of security in the cloud is still a common enterprise cloud service unknown.

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