SaaS BI finding favor among businesses

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

The adoption of Software as a Service business intelligence has spread far, according to new research from Gartner. A form of cloud BI based on paying for access to analytics software hosted in the cloud, the technology involved with SaaS is relatively new, yet already has businesses of varied types interested in its benefits.

"Business users are often frustrated by the deployment cycles, costs, complicated upgrade processes and IT infrastructures demanded by on-premises BI solutions." said Garter's James Richardson.

The research shows that businesses are drawn to SaaS BI for the immediate savings as well as the cloud's unique performance capabilities. For the first five years after integration{,} the technology was found to be less expensive than on-site solutions. Savings afterward would come from the reduced need for IT support when performing BI in the cloud.

Tech Target reports that businesses are finding success in their use of SaaS technology. Both a national food distributor and large scale fabric manufacturer told the source that the change had been positive. Executives told the source that the scalability and uniformity of cloud-based systems were helpful in everyday operations.

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