BI in the Cloud

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BI saas cloudMany vendors have moved to provide cloud SaaS based BI solutions.

These solutions can be cost efficient and fit for purpose where data volumes are small (e.g. less than one terrabtye).  However, for larger enterprise scale BI solutions or where the source data cannot easily be commoditised then a cloud based BI solution may not be viable.

For example data from standard CRM and ERP solutions does lend itself to the cloud based BI model (e.g. SAP, Saleforce, CODA, Sugar CRM) since skills are widely available for data modellers who understand the data structure and layout of these software solutions.

However, if your source system contains large data volumes then you will have to push this out to the cloud based BI providers. Your source solution may also be bespoke hence the vendor will need knowledge transfer in order to understand your data.

Too often cloud and SaaS based solutions are touted as the answer by vendors – the reality is often different.

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