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BI and Cloud Computing Are an Optimal Match

Jaspersoft CEO to Present at Cloud Expo

BI Track at Cloud Expo

Business intelligence is a fast-growing market and has been deployed by many, if not enough, enterprises worldwide. Add Cloud Computing to the discussion, and the potential of BI only increases.

These thoughts underpin the presentation on Cloud Computing and BI by Jaspersoft CEO Brian Gentile at Cloud Expo. "Because the entire hardware and software cycle is outsourced to a third-party provider — such as Amazon's EC2, Google's App Engine, and solutions from GoGrid and AppNexus — IT units can focus on applications and solutions," Gentile says. "They can also ramp up and down quickly, without the delays and costs typically associated with hardware and software acquisition."

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Gentile notes that "business Intelligence programs have been getting gradually better about delivering on their promise of instant analytics to support business decisions. Today's BI platforms have more functionality than ever with dashboards, customizable reporting and more data flexibility. " That's the good news. The bad news, according to Gentile is "only 15% of the knowledge workers who could be using BI are using these new tools. With such low penetration numbers, how intelligent are businesses really becoming?"

Gentile urges enterprises to work with technology vendors. "While the payoff for delivering BI in the cloud may be obvious, going it alone into the cloud can be challenging," he says. "By cooperating with technology partners, developing a fully-functional BI stack — one that's truly affordable — is possible.

Speaking about his company, Gentile says, "Jaspersoft's work with other vendors to provide a cloud-based BI platform, available and consumed on demand, demonstrates how collaboration can transform cloud-based services from a pie-in-the-sky idea, to a practical application that's the perfect fit for the current economic environment. This willingness to work together, a deeply engrained aspect of the open source software industry, is the key to a successful cloud."

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Krisandra is Conference Program Manager at Cloud Expo, Inc. where annual high-energy cloud computing conference and expos are created around the world with industry-leading players.

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