Demand for BI in the Cloud Varies
Business intelligence has always been viewed as a killer application, but adoption of BI applications has always been a hit-or-miss proposition. However, with the increasing growth of cloud computing, the ability to collaborate around BI applications that are broadly accessible in the enterprise has never been greater. In a new report from Dresner Advisory Services, the "2013 Wisdom of Crowds Cloud Business Intelligence Market Study," 35 percent of survey respondents indicated that cloud BI is either “critical” or “very important” to their organization. The survey also finds more interest in running BI applications in a private cloud than in any other kind of cloud platform. That's generally a good thing for the channel. Over the long term, it looks as if services that integrate private and public BI clouds are going to be a major new opportunity for the channel. Despite that, the survey indicates that growth in cloud BI applications may be limited to a finite number of areas, which could signal that the momentum surrounding cloud BI may be beginning to slow. The report is based on 1,182 completed surveys.