New studies confirm cloud popularity for storage, business intelligence


The results of more studies on cloud computing were recently released, and they confirm the rapid rate of adoption of cloud-based applications.

Verizon released the results of its latest study about the cloud, the "State of the Enterprise Cloud Report," indicating that the use of cloud technology for storage grew by 90 percent from January 2012 to January 2013.

The Verizon study found that the growth rate for virtual machines being deployed on the cloud increased by 35 percent during this time.

These dramatic results aren't surprising when taken in the context of another cloud computing survey from Dimensional Research. The survey was commissioned by cloud business intelligence provider Birst.

In this study, Dimensional Research reported that business intelligence and analytics software professionals prefer cloud-based business intelligence over on-premise software when it comes to accessing real-time business data.

According to the Dimensional Research study of 400 business intelligence and analytics pros, approximately 80 percent of respondents were highly satisfied or satisfied with the adoption of business intelligence in the cloud, versus 51 percent saying they were satisfied with on-premise business intelligence results.

"These results strongly confirm that cloud business intelligence solutions are strongly preferred, offering faster, easier and much more economical deployment and lower total cost of ownership, along with superior ease of use, which drives broader user adoption within the organization," said Dimensional Research senior research analyst Diane Hagglund.

Other highlights of the Dimensional Research report included:

  • 83 percent of respondents believe cloud business intelligence solutions offer faster implementation than on-premises solutions, with 69 percent of cloud implementations taking three months or less.
  • 80 percent of respondents say on-premise solutions involve more administrators to successfully manage.
  • 60 percent of respondents say cloud-based business intelligence solutions are more user-friendly and require less training to use.

"The truth is that regardless of how beautiful your application is, how many features it offers, or how much it costs--if employees don't use it, all of that is irrelevant. This survey proves that more people prefer--and actually use--cloud BI to gain the critical business intelligence they need to drive success," said Brad Peters, CEO and co-founder of Birst.

Read more:
- see the Dimensional Research survey highlights
- check out the Verizon research study report

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