Cloud Business Intelligence: Is it a Good Tool for All Projects?
In recent months, I've read numerous blog postings, tweets, articles and interviews from business intelligence pundits that have denounced the viability of BI in the cloud or cloud business intelligence. They point to data volumes, security concerns, lack of control, network reliability and bandwidth as factors that deem the concept unfathomable. While each one of these issues can be a show stopper for a BI project, they are not roadblocks for all business intelligence projects. What's most baffling to me is that I've reached out to many of these critics and I've yet to find one that has any actual experience working in the cloud.
As a proponent of cloud business intelligence, and one who has implemented a cloud business intelligence project, I can say that it is fathomable. I've been pleasantly surprised by the speed, reliability and flexibility the cloud provides. While not every BI project is suitable to be implemented in the cloud, there are large number of projects that qualify. For those projects where the cloud isn't an viable alternative for the entire architecture, one can leverage it for specific uses, such as development environments, software testing & upgrades, redundancy and extra cpu capacity.
If your interested in more information about cloud business intelligence, check out http://www.informationweek.com/cloud-computing, http://www.jackofallclouds.com and http://cloudcomputing.sys-con.com. I would also recommend going to Amazon Web Services, Rackspace or GoGrid, sign up for an account and launch your first instance.
If you're interested in information specific to cloud business intelligence, feel free to send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll forward you a recent presentation.
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