The BI Cloud

An interesting article from computerworld.com.

Pentaho, a popular open source BI company, is offering it’s wares via the Amazon EC2 cloud.

There has been much talk about software as a service, and this adds to the momentum that is rapidly building up.

SAP Business Objects have also been toying with cloud services; their ondemand.com site offers a number of their applications via the cloud.

Panorama offer a similar BI service via their collaboration with Google.

The are obvious benefits to using a cloud to host your BI, most notably the hardware and maintenance cost saving. However, I suspect that the issue of moving potentially sensitive data into a third party host might be putting many companies off. It will be interesting to see how this pans out.

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