While electronic commerce providers are trying to figure out how to make a buck off the Web, many companies are deriving significant cost savings by using the Web to access data warehouses. Today, most major decision support vendors -- plus a host of startups--have shipped tools that make it easy to access and analyze corporate databases via Web browsers. Most vendors are finding there is a pent-up demand for Web decision support tools. Many customers have delayed purchasing decision support tools until a Web version of their preferred tool becomes generally available. Others are planning to use the Web as a data access medium once they depreciate their current investments in client/server decision support tools.

A recent survey shows that most users are considering purchasing a Web-based decision support tool. In a survey of Data Warehousing Institute members, more than one-third (34 percent) said they have already deployed or are implementing a Web-based decision support tool, while more than half (59 percent) are seriously evaluating or considering deploying such a tool. The survey is based on 140 responses.

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