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Cloud adoption of business intelligence tools lagging

Simon Quicke

The hype and the rush to provide cloud functionality might have led some resellers selling business intelligence to believe that this was the year the technology shifted to delivery via hosted platforms.

But the portion of the BI market that will be taken by cloud sales is going to remain under double digits for the next couple of years.

According to the latest analysis of the BI market from Gartner the move to the cloud in this sector of the software market is turning out to be a slow one with just 3% of revenue coming from hosted offerings by 2013.

Despite that relatively small growth every major vendor is expected to have a cloud offering and as a result resellers are going to be encouraged to start pitching those products.

Part of the reason for the apparent delay in heading to the cloud is because a lot of customers have already made investments in on-premise BI solutions and are reluctant to tinker with existing infrastructure.

"The immediate future of the BI landscape is one of a disconnect between marketing hype about pressing challenges on the one hand and reality on the other," said Andreas Bitterer, research vice president at Gartner. 

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