Cloud BI or cloud business intelligence is a means of delivering reporting and analysis capabilities, and related content, via the internet. Also commonly referred to as software as a service (SaaS) BI or on-demand BI, cloud BI calls for all required components to be deployed and administered off-site, usually by a third-party hosting service provider. Users then access all the features and functionality of the cloud BI application via the web, through either public or private clouds.
Industry experts and businesses of all sizes consider cloud BI to be a far more cost-effective option than traditional or on-premise business intelligence solutions. Since organizations don't need to make large initial investments in software licenses and related hardware, capital expenditures are minimized. Instead, all infrastructure is purchased, installed, and tested by the hosting service provider, who oversees and maintains all hardware and software at their own facility. There are different purchasing options with cloud BI, including paying a monthly subscription fee, based on usage.
The cloud BI approach can also dramatically accelerate start up and time-to-value, since - in most cases - all components are already installed at the hosting service provider's location. Increased agility is another benefit of cloud BI. Organizations can add new users and new capabilities more rapidly than they could if the business intelligence application was deployed and administered on-site. The environment can be immediately expanded as needed, at any time, without the need to add more IT staff for support.
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Information Builders Cloud Hosting Services provides a fully secure architecture for cloud-based reporting and analysis. Annual certifications for HIPAA, PCI, SAS 70, and other standards help to keep the environment protected at all times. Additionally, comprehensive, frequently-tested disaster recovery procedures ensure that data is not lost or compromised in the event of a power outage, hardware failure, or other disaster. This security, combined with outstanding support services, makes Information Builders the ideal partner for any cloud business intelligence need.