Yellowfin releases white paper on BI in the Cloud

Business Intelligence (BI) software vendor, Yellowfin, has released a new white paper that defines and outlines the benefits of Cloud Computing and BI as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) deployment.

The white paper – Business Intelligence in The Cloud – is available for free download from the Yellowfin website

The paper provides a framework for understanding Cloud Computing in the context of BI software and discusses the difference between Public, Private, Community and Hybrid Clouds; summarizes the characteristics and potential benefits of BI as a SaaS application; and explains why its popularity is growing, especially amongst small to midsized businesses (SMBs).

Cloud Computing offers organizations access to a range of IT resources, including software and infrastructure, on a pay per use or subscription based model.

“The benefits of BI as a SaaS application are potentially enormous, especially for small to midsized businesses, which can glean the benefits of BI software without the in-house demands and costs associated with on-site deployment,” said Yellowfin CEO, Glen Rabie.

“SaaS and Cloud Computing allow organizations to concentrate on their product offerings instead of their IT department.”

SaaS technologies are dramatically altering the way that those in the BI industry are making their services available, and how businesses are harnessing the power of reporting and analytics software.

The popularity of BI as a SaaS application is growing rapidly. A recent survey of 500 US based IT end-user clients by non-profit trade association, CompTIA, found that organizations will continue to rapidly initiate or expand on existing SaaS projects in 2010.

The study, Cloud Computing: Pulling Back the Curtain, found that almost 75 percent of all organizations surveyed said they intended to increase spending on Cloud programs.

Utilizing SaaS solutions is an effective way to minimize costs and maximize performance. But, there are many noteworthy benefits of using BI as a SaaS application, providing the application is suited to deployment in The Cloud.

“Yellowfin is the only BI product that has been designed from the ground up to support SaaS deployments – either as a standalone application or embedded into a SaaS solution,” said Rabie.

“You can deploy Yellowfin in traditional hosted environments, or in the Cloud, supporting either multi-database or multi-tenancy environments. Not only is the software designed for SaaS, but, our subscription based pricing model is too.”

Find out more about Yellowfin in the Cloud and download a free copy of the white paper – Business Intelligence in The Cloud – from the Yellowfin website

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