There is no longer a question of whether the cloud will play a role in the future of business intelligence (BI). It will, and it already does. Whether it comes from a directive to reduce capital expenditures, to streamline IT procurement and rollouts, or because the CEO mandates, “We need to move to the cloud,” using cloud resources such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure for business intelligence now resonates with many business leaders.
But once the cloud decision is made, what is next? For most organizations, this will not be a clean-slate endeavor with pristine, green fields on which to build. Business leaders will need to make choices about how to bring along legacy infrastructure and existing on-premises data resources.