BI doesn’t lend itself to SaaS? Yes and no!

Can you agree and disagree with someone at the same time? The quote below comes from Rob Ashe, general manager of IBM’s business intelligence and performance management unit:

BI doesn’t lend itself to SaaS. Every company is different because even if transaction systems are the same the decision making process is different. Unlike Netsuite or a CRM application where everyone does the same basic things, BI uses a different model every company. The one to many model doesn’t work.

And while I agree with Rob that it’s the “intelligence” part that makes hosted BI difficult it is not impossible to provide BI as a service. Capturing the data model and sharing it with users will be a core piece of Good Data…