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Percent of BI deployments in the cloud more than doubles in two years

About one third (31 percent) of new business intelligence deployments in the last two years have been on cloud-based platforms, more than double the percent of BI projects undertaken on cloud platforms two years ago.

That is the finding of a new study by the Business Application Research Center (BARC), an enterprise software analyst and consulting firm. The firm surveyed more than 3,000 BI professionals worldwide as part of its research.

Other trends are the rise of visual analysis (68 percent adoption within the last two years compared with 58 percent more than two years ago), and mobile BI (37 percent v. 27 percent).

“We have seen a gradual increase in the overall number of cloud deployments over time, but the data since 2017 tells us just how popular cloud is right now,” said Carsten Bange, founder and CEO of BARC. “Although BI is behind the curve compared to the CRM [customer relationship management} market for example, several of the main BI vendors have now switched to a cloud-first strategy, which has clearly had an influence on the deployment option customers are choosing.”

Survey respondents’ top four reasons for purchasing a BI tool are flexibility, ease of use for report recipients, functionality and price-performance ratio. Since 2003, reasons to buy have remained fairly consistent, with most varying by less than 10 percent in that time.

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