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Special ArticlesINFORMS announces six finalists for 2015 Edelman Award
INFORMS recently announced six finalists representing a diverse collection of applied analytics and advanced operations research work who will compete for the 2015 Franz Edelman Award in a series of judged presentations at the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research in Huntington Beach, Calif., in April.Read More
Special ArticlesBusiness Analytics and O.R. Conference
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CAP NewsWagner Prize presentations available online
Video presentations of the six finalists of the 2014 Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice, won by Ford Motor Company, are now available for viewing.Read More
Gartner: Nearly one-third of organizations to use cloud
Nearly one-third of organizations either already use or plan to use cloud or software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings to augment their core business intelligence (BI) functions, according to Gartner, Inc.
According to a survey of 1,364 IT managers and business users of BI platforms in the fourth quarter of 2011, only 17 percent of organizations have replaced or plan to replace parts of their core BI functions with cloud/SaaS offerings. However, 27 percent already use or plan to use cloud/SaaS options to augment their BI capabilities for specific lines of business or subject areas in the next 12 months.
“Business users are often frustrated by the deployment cycles, costs, complicated upgrade processes and IT infrastructures demanded by on-premises BI solutions,” says James Richardson, research director at Gartner. “SaaS- and cloud-based BI is perceived as offering a quicker, potentially lower-cost and easier-to-deploy alternative, though this has yet to be proven. It’s evident that, despite growing interest, the market is confused about what cloud/SaaS BI and analytics are and what they can deliver.”
Gartner has identified three major drivers for the adoption of cloud/SaaS offerings for BI, analytics and performance management:
Time to value: The use of SaaS BI may lead to faster deployment, insight and value, particularly where IT is constrained by existing work and/or limited budget so that it cannot respond to demands for information and analysis as quickly as the business requires.
Cost concerns: The cost dynamic differs between on-premises and SaaS models. Software purchased as a service can usually be expensed, rather than capitalized, on the balance sheet. Buyers often think that SaaS is cheaper, but the reality is that this is unproven. Gartner's cost models show SaaS can be cheaper over the first five years, but not thereafter. The long-term benefits lie elsewhere – in terms of cash flow, reduced IT support costs, etc.
Lack of available expertise: SaaS analytic applications offer prebuilt intellectual property that can help firms work around a lack of the skills needed to build their own analytic solutions.