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Trends in Cloud Computing Adoption for BI

2020 marked the ninth year of Dresner Advisory Services tracking and analyzing how public, private, and hybrid cloud computing deployments impact business intelligence (BI) applications.


Cloud BI crossed a threshold of credibility. In 2019, a majority of organizations (51 percent) first reported use of cloud BI. In 2020, for the first time, a majority of respondents (54 percent) considered cloud BI either critical or very important. The number of organizations indicating no plans to use cloud BI now sits at an all-time low.


Cloud BI models in use reflect nascent and transitional deployments. Regardless of deployment model, the majority of organizations in 2020 reported maintaining or increasing their cloud BI investment levels. We expect deployments will continue to shift away from private cloud and toward public cloud in the coming years.

Executive Summary


1. In 2020, for the first time, a majority of respondents (54 percent) considered cloud BI either critical or very important.
2. A majority of respondents in 2020 reported using cloud BI (53 percent).
3. The number of organizations indicating no plans to use cloud BI now stands at an all-time low (15 percent).
4. Although private cloud remains the dominant deployment model in use for BI applications, most private-cloud BI deployments represent a “steppingstone” to an eventual transition to public cloud BI.
5. Cloud BI deployments will continue to shift away from private cloud and toward public cloud in the coming years.
6. Regardless of deployment model, the majority of organizations in 2020 reported maintaining or increasing their cloud BI investment levels.
7. Most cloud BI feature requirements closely mirror traditional BI feature requirements.

 

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