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Cloud BI: The Data Integration Challenge


In recent weeks, I came across a handful of articles and research reports about the public’s perception of cloud computing and how many Americans don’t seem to understand the concept, yet already use and depend on the cloud despite this lack of understanding. The good news is that business leaders generally have a better understanding of what the cloud has to offer, including the untapped potential of cloud computing to create an integrated picture of business content. Organizations are starting to develop cloud computing strategies to provide context to business operations.

Despite the hype around cloud computing and cloud BI, the real adoption of cloud BI systems is relatively low, according to Howard Dresner’s 2012 Wisdom of Crowds Cloud BI Market Study and a Gartner report earlier this year on the major drivers of BI revenue. The delay in adoption isn’t because business managers fail to see the value of the cloud; simply put, the barriers to cloud BI adoption are very practical ones – data integration and security being the most frequently cited. arcplan has addressed these concerns previously in our webinar, A Roadmap for BI Cloud Computing, but in this post, I’ll explore how businesses are proactively addressing cloud BI data integration concerns.

Business leaders who have implemented cloud BI give positive feedback, naming process efficiency, effectiveness, and gaining a competitive advantage as some of the benefits. But what takes cloud BI to the next level is uniting data from multiple data sources within their organization and leveraging external data resources to get comparable benchmarks. This last piece is only possible in a cloud environment.

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Real World Cloud BI Webinar Recording


In case you missed arcplan’s webinar with GPX Software on June 19th, A Look at Real World Cloud BI Solutions, here’s the recording to view at your convenience:

In this webinar, we discuss:

  • The challenges of cloud-based BI
  • Cloud economics
  • Services-oriented architecture (SOA) as a way to securely implement enterprise-scale cloud BI
  • Cloud BI success stories, including Xambrosius, GPX Software’s small business planning solution built with arcplan technology
  • And much more

Thanks to everyone who attended, and for those who didn’t, leave us a comment if you’d like to discuss anything you see in the recording.


Real World Cloud BI Webinar – June 19, 2012


Edit 6/21/12: Click here to access this webinar recording.

Whether you’re looking to capitalize on next-generation BI capabilities with a cost-effective entry point, you’re a decision maker who wants a glimpse at what cloud BI really entails, or you’re an arcplan partner (or potential partner) and want to see a cloud BI solution in action, join us on June 19th at 2pm EDT for a free webinar: A Look at Real World Cloud BI Solutions.

Can’t make it? Register anyway and we’ll send you the recording.

We’ll cut through the marketing hype and clear up the confusion companies have when it comes to cloud BI. Here’s what we’ll discuss:

The reasons why companies are making the move to the cloud
How to manage the move in phases
How to mitigate security concerns, particularly when it comes to keeping your sensitive data secure
Various cloud delivery models – public, private and hybrid
Ways to overcome cloud’s inherent challenges when it comes to BI
Our partner, GPX software, will present what cloud architecture looks like in the real world and how they created Xambrosius, their cloud business planning solution built on arcplan technology. It gives users the ability to plug in their own data and generate financial reports (income statements, balance sheets, etc.) and dashboards, as well as perform planning functions like employee costing with cloud data streams from

Hope to see you on the 19th! Register here >>