The hands-down, most significant and common objection to implementing a hosted data warehouse from executives and IT managers: It may jeopardize their system's security.

Despite the many benefits of using business intelligence service providers (BISPs) that host data warehouses – which include minimal investment in infrastructure, freed capacity on in-house systems, better quality equipment and software and faster connections – companies are reluctant to "give up" their data, which, regardless of the degree of sensitivity, they consider proprietary.

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