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Cloud BI systems step into the enterprise light

Cloud business intelligence and analytics systems were greatly outnumbered by on-premises BI environments until recently. But they've become much more prevalent, according to Gartner. Most new deployments are cloud-based, the consulting firm said in its 2018 Magic Quadrant report on analytics and BI platforms. The report, published in February 2018, noted that some BI vendors now only offer their software in the cloud, while others have adopted a cloud-first approach to adding new features. Likewise, market researcher Dresner Advisory Services noted in a March 2018 report that its annual surveys of enterprise users showed "a steady progression of cloud BI awareness and adoption," to the point where reported use of the cloud for BI and analytics was just under 50% in the 2018 survey -- nearly double the usage rate in 2016.