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June 2013, Volume 1, Number 3

Cloud-based analytics still mostly on the horizon

Business intelligence vendors have been offering Software as a Service applications for years, but SaaS BI has yet to catch on with users in a big way. Advanced analytics users in the cloud are an even rarer sight. "We rarely encounter organizations seeking to do analytics in the cloud," said Eric A. King, president and founder of The Modeling Agency LLC, a data mining and predictive analytics consultancy. According to King, more cloud-based analytics tools are becoming available, but customer interest isn't keeping pace -- "at least we're not directly experiencing it in the trenches." More on cloud BI and analytics Get Gartner's view on six elements that need to be part of cloud analytics and SaaS BI systems Read about issues to consider in evaluating whether BI and analytics in the cloud fits your needs Many organizations are reluctant to send critical BI and analytics data outside their corporate firewalls because of security concerns. As companies move applications to the cloud, "analytics isn't necessarily the first port," ...

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