The rapid proliferation of cloud and Big Data projects has led to the convergence of the two strategies in several ways. Currently, business intelligence (BI) processes are steadily moving to the cloud because many professionals involved in the analytic procedure believe cloud-based initiatives are easier to deploy and use and provide more substantial results.
These findings were highlighted in a recent Dimensional Research study of more than 400 BI experts in which 80 percent of respondents using cloud services said they were either “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with the tools at their disposal. Meanwhile, only 51 percent of premise-based BI users expressed the same gratitude.
Although there are many benefits associated with using cloud-enabled business intelligence solutions, 83 percent of respondents said the ability to implement the tools faster than their on-premise counterparts was one of the most significant advantages, Dimensional Research reported. Cloud projects can often be deployed in less than 3 months, compared to on-site initiatives, which tend to last more than 6 months.
“These results confirm that cloud BI solutions are strongly preferred, offering faster, easier, and more economical deployment and lower total cost of ownership, along with superior ease of use, which drives broader user adoption within the organization,” said Diane Hagglund, senior research analyst at Dimensional Research.
Cloud tools are easier to use
For the most part, companies are more willing to leverage cloud computing tools for analytic processes than conventional in-house services. In fact, the study found that more than half of respondents would select a cloud-based initiative over a premise-based strategy, and only 14 percent said they would choose on-premise BI software over a hosted environment. This preference is partially because organizations using the cloud experience higher adoption levels: the majority of respondents said more employees have the ability to access and use cloud BI solutions, compared to only 17 percent of BI professionals who perceived traditional offerings as more user friendly.