Cloud + BI: what advantages they bring?
The use of intelligence in business is not a new concept because without any information business would be successful. But the process of data collection, organization, analysis, monitoring and sharing of information, called Business Intelligence (BI), is still not adopted by companies.
The adoption of BI solutions and analysis of data is a priority for most responsible for it an area of businesses around the world, according to a survey conducted by Gartner with 2,335 it leaders in 45 countries published earlier this year. The second primary concern of CIOs are mobility technologies, and third place went to cloud computing.
That’s because with a BI solution is possible to obtain strategic information about the business more quickly removed from the company’s data systems such as ERP, data warehousing, and other and, consequently, also allows agility in decision-making. Besides facilitating the understanding of business trends, identification of risks, enables a broader corporate planning and facilitates access to and distribution of information.
Even with so many advantages, the biggest obstacle in organizations time to invest in a BI solution was the process of implementation, which demanded time and infrastructure. In addition, many still confuse the implantation of a BI solution with the ERP, which requires, in addition to support and a change of the company’s internal culture. But the BI doesn’t modify the way of working of the enterprise, on the contrary, adapts to it, because it is closely linked to the business strategy.
The implementation of new solutions, either ERP or BI, has also been facilitated by cloud computing, which requires less infrastructure, time and financial resources, since there is no need for installation in data centers locations, for example. So, the trend is that the BI continues to grow even more with the cloud computing.
The cloud computing is already a reality in many organizations, even in small and medium-sized enterprises. That’s because store data in the cloud offers cost savings, substantial space gain on the company, speed in the use of systems, security, and more. With the cloud, the solution does not need to be installed on a machine, which also facilitates at the time of update. And then there’s the ease of the data to be accessed from anywhere.
Cloud-based services are increasingly seen as an opportunity to leverage the business. So much so that another study by Gartner, with 1,364 managers and users of BI tools in late 2011, points out that 27% of organizations already use or plan to use this model in the next 12 months to optimize the analysis of the data extracted from the BI systems.
Cloud computing, BI and mobility are some of the amenities offered by technological progress in recent years, and companies that want to grow, regardless of size, need to unite these technologies. The cloud facilitates the access of information and ensures the mobility. And the agility provided by BI makes the company can come out ahead in time to define strategies for action and decision-making.