Business Intelligence in the Cloud

We have had interesting discussions with several partners around Business Intelligence in the Cloud. Thought I would capture the use cases, so that you can take these into consideration while formulating your BI Strategy.

1) Most ISVs are looking to build Analytics for their mature SaaS Applications and view this as a key growth area. Covered Xactly in an earlier post. Here is the link to Trading partner Intelligence Service for Suppliers from SPS Commerce.
Few lines from the page are -
"Based on a multi-tenant architecture, our Trading Partner Intelligence service lets customers take advantage of common hardware, software and staffing resources to achieve superior reliability, faster implementations and lower total cost of ownership. Its SaaS architecture also allows multiple parties in the supply chain to access real-time data from any location via a standard web browser"
The dashboard screenshots developed in OBI EE are of course pretty. For the offering to be multitenant, VPD can be implemented in the Datawarehouse env


2) Can we offer Analytics as SaaS for our On Premise Software as customers are not willing to spend on On Premise BI infrastructure? This question is becoming increasingly common. The design considerations for this model are more challenging. Where will the Datawarehouse reside? If the Datawarehouse is at your hosting site, how should the ETL process be designed to overcome the problem of moving large amount of data over limited bandwidth? How can security be ensured? These technical issues can be addressed, if you can make a successful business out of offering BI as SaaS.

3) Can I use public cloud infrastructure for my BI? Some of the reasons why you should use Cloud are discussed in this case study. If the BI service provided is indeed transient e.g. quarter end reports or demos then there might be a valid use case for using Cloud. If you want to use any Oracle BI productsfor such a use case, we can work with you. This is certainly the most challenging scenario particularly if Hybrid (using both your own and cloud infrastructure) strategy is used.

Comments:

Marrying business intelligence to the cloud is a really great idea. Online applications are already starting to really sprout up in the market, so it seems like BI in an SaaS pay-as-you-go environment just makes logical sense.

Posted by Colleen on August 29, 2009 at 09:02 AM PDT #

Hello Shivanshu, We are interested in offering BI services in Cloud using OBIEE. We have some questions regarding the licensing and architectural options. Could you please provide your contact information so that we can send our questions in detail. Thanks Ramesh Kumar 630-375-9454

Posted by Ramesh Kumar on April 03, 2010 at 09:30 AM PDT #

We also are looking at developing Oracle BI in the Cloud environment but require some insiight into what Infrastructure would be required for this. Another thing that has come up is how any (if any) customizations would be handled in this type of environment if multiple users are accessing the one Repository. Many Thanks

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Shivanshu Upadhyay works with Oracle ISV partners on technology enablement, reference architecture, joint solution development, and Go-to-Market initiatives. This blog is a collection of entries which should be of interest to partners using Oracle technologies to build their own Enterprise Software offerings.

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