Cloud BI is one of the latest innovations supporting these trends and affecting many organisations in a good way. It can access data where it is predominantly being generated and stored – in the cloud.
It gives firms access to comprehensive analytics and reporting tools to manage their regular operations.
Cloud BI also scales differently from traditional BI software. The ability to scale up and grow easily with the rest of the cloud is more important than the ability to run the massive BI server instances of the past.
This new user-friendliness and scale make cloud BI worthwhile for companies allowing virtually every employee access to actionable intelligence, and this is the primary benefit of a BI offering.
Business administrators can learn about their everyday operations and guide personnel in ways that may improve workplace efficiency. Employees can also use cloud BI to streamline standard processes.
Cloud-based BI platforms can be easier to deploy as there is no BI server to install or configure. Utility-priced cloud BI can be deployed in weeks or even days, as opposed to the months commonly required for a traditional BI product.
Analytics should be a simple and powerful part of every application, built into the very fabric of a business system or process.
We will surely see a better understanding of data-driven applications and embeddable BI over the next few years and cloud BI is an important stepping stone to this vision.
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Joseph Rozenfeld is senior vice president of engineering and chief technology officer at Jaspersoft
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