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BI in the Cloud

A quick look at how 'Business Intelligence in the cloud' is a fast growing on-demand solution for an SAP environment...

It has been an uphill task for business users to derive the maximum benefits out of their BI landscape mainly due to the below factors-

  • Lack of reliable data at the right time
  • Limited BI coverage for some of the business areas
  • SAP ERP becomes bigger and more comprehensive that BI complexity increases
  • Ever expanding sources of data as relevant for BI

The Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms , 2008 shows that 'On demand BI' offerings are increasing and the subscriber growth for H1 2009 has risen to 300,000 subscribers .

BI in the cloud uses the Saas( Software-as-a-service ) or a On Demand Model approach for BI and is a complementary approach to on-premise datawarehousing and BI .
Web-based access for users spread across geographies and companies results in a BI on demand service and helps lower resource requirements for deployment and ongoing management .
Once BI on-demand services are established , a self-service option for BI can be kicked off where users can share reports, dashboards inside and outside the organization without VPN , receive automatic updates for most current information , schedule reports and also combine on-premise data with on-demand data to get a holistic view.

This is how it will work - We have different mechanisms for data extraction such as SAP extractors , 3rd party ETL , flat files , BO data integrator to name a few .
SAP R3 , SAP BW , 3rd party data , simple databases, departmental applications can be some of the data sources for the on-demand datawarehouse.
Data loading takes place into the on-demand warehouse in the cloud via the usual process of staging , processing , transformation and loading and voila , your reports are ready to use as and when you need it ... 

SAP Business Objects has partnered with oCo Inc in offering 'BI in a SaaS model' for the SMB market segment.

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