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Business Intelligence is all about getting new, valuable insights into business performance easily andquickly. Traditional BI tools are expensive and complicated- requiring IT, technology infrastructure changes, software tools, and professional services to build and maintain. Because of their complexity, more than half of all BI projects do not meet end-user expectations and are hampered by low adoption rates. A new generation of BI applications is delivering unprecedented business insights and value within a few hours. Delivered as a secure, scalable cloud service, these BI solutions dramatically reduce the need for IT support, professional services and associated financial risks.  What do these new BI solutions look like? They share the following attributes:

1. More than tools – They are complete BI applications with packaged best practice metrics that can be easily customized by business users and shared with peers. BI applications provide, out-of-the-box, critical, hard to find information about your business.

2. Cloud-based, on demand solutions – They eliminate the need for on premise hardware, software, BI infrastructure and provide business intelligence as a 24X7, managed service backed by a written SLA. Sign up, point to your data sources such as SAP and within a few hours you are presented with a dashboard populated with best practice metrics based on your SAP data.

3. Easy-to-use, integrated analytics – Business users create or customize metrics in minutes, without IT help, using an easy to understand business data model. Publishing to the dashboard is one click away.

4. Offered as anaffordable monthly subscription – The cloud enables true business intelligence to be delivered as a service within hours of signup, requiring minimal IT involvement. Business intelligence apps avoid the risk of becoming a failed BI project with low end user adoption.

BI Apps have raised the bar for delivering business value by providing actionable metrics, out-of-the-box in a painless manner. Welcome to the new world of on demand BI applications.

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  1. Dilip Shukla
    Its really great to have use of cloud concept in BI but when we talk about big business i beleive they will opt for complete solution on there hand as cloud is evolving now a days, yes would be very helpfull for the small and mid-size businesses for there on demand business.
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  2. Michael Koch
    Hi would be interested if you describe a wish or reality and would be more than happy to get in touch with you if you´re answer was the second.
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      1. Larry Griffiths
        No FusionsOps does not deliver. It is just another tool set.
        When will vendors get it? BI is not about the tools. You can launch a successfull BI program with just about any tool on the market today. BI is about fulling a need and the people. The reason BI programs fail is lack of involvement by users, poor planning, and not fulling overall the needs. I could go on.
        This tool may fit some piece of a puzzle but if the rest of the pieces are not there what’s it matter?
        I’m still amazed that with all the literature out there on the subject of BI failure vendors continue to post things like this.
        Ram, go buy a memebership to TDWI and start reading. And while you are at go read some Stephen Few blog post. May be FusionOps will learn something.      
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  3. Paul Hawking
    Your comments highlight the state where Bi is at the moment – the promise of silver bullets.

    many companies are spending too much time on focussing on the new developements rather than getting BI right with the tools they have.  How many companies have a documented reporting or BI strategy?  How many reports actually influence the way a company does it business?  I heard a presentation the other day at the SAP Australian User Group Summit where a company on re-visiting their BI implementation reduced their reports from 1000 to 200.

    Before SAP purchased BOBJ they were starting to talk about BI strategy and in particular EDW.  Unfortunately after the BOBJ acquisition the presntations were all about tools.  Hopefully it will get back to the more strategic presentations.

    Regards

    Paul Hawking
    SAP Academic Program Director
    Victoria University

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