The top drivers of cloud BI differ significantly by company size. Small companies are attracted to the cloud because of flexibility, cost, reduced infrastructure maintenance and scalability. For large companies, scalability is the top driver, followed by speed of implementation, cost and agility. Mid-size firms are driven by cost, flexibility, performance and security.

Most important reasons for implementing BI and data management in the cloud, by company size (number of  employees), n=162

Benefits also vary significantly between companies of different sizes. Small and mid-size companies benefit from the elimination of hardware costs, low administrative costs and scalability, while large companies benefit from scalability, deployment speeds and low administration costs.

Benefits achieved from cloud-based BI, by company size (number of  employees), n=166


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