Cloud detractors would say that cloud computing is a still-maturing market with many pain points to be ironed out, but there’s mounting evidence to the contrary. The latest findings from a survey by Dimensional Research, sponsored by HostAnalytics, suggests that at the end of 2012, CIOs aren’t just savvy on cloud, they’re excited about it and they understand its potential.
Before constructing a building, any architect needs blueprints – the master framework for any and all subsequent plans and contingencies going forward. The same applies when adopting business intelligence solutions. It’s imperative users create and implement a BI strategy that outlines their overall vision, mission and reason behind its adoption.
A lot of planning goes into rolling out a major workplace upgrade, be it cloud services or the sweeping adoption of mobility. With no shortage of pain points and hurdles, it may seem like all efforts to stay relevant and future-proof will be plagued by lengthy transition processes. But that doesn’t have to be true. Small steps today can pay off big tomorrow.
Enterprises recognized early on the potential ROI and benefits of business intelligence and analytics solutions and have since become some of its most ardent adopters. And, these large organizations, with their unique, high-value demands for specialized software, database tuning and other niche systems, are the only ones with enough resources, scale and reach to justify a costly and time-consuming BI investment. Right?
Cloud, mobile, analytics and social technologies have taken off much faster than any set of skills sharp enough to keep pace. If these technologies are to live up to their promise of transforming business, government services and society, there’s work to do.
It’s obvious the bring-your-own-device trend isn’t just a passing fad; it’s an inevitable paradigm shift within the personal computing world. As devices become more sophisticated, their capabilities expand exponentially. But how can a CIO adopt a corporate BYOD strategy without clamping down on the innovation that makes tablets productivity powerhouses?
All too often the terms business intelligence (BI) and corporate performance management (CPM) are used interchangeably – and, at first take, there seems to be very little difference. BI and CPM vendors rely on the same clouds and infrastructure. There’s a lot of overlap between the solutions: BI can be used to define and analyze performance metrics, while performance management can be a feature in overarching BI solutions.