Jeff Kaplan: Midsize Companies Should Move BI/Analytics to the Cloud

From vimeo: While there are good reasons to proceed with caution toward moving your entire infrastructure to the cloud, some applications are no-brainers to migrate today. These mainstream apps are already being broadly adopted as software as a service (SaaS) by companies of all sizes, and their compelling cost, functionality and reliability benefits should be of particular interest to midsize businesses.

Jeff Kaplan delivered a 35-minute webinar through these five application categories. You get an overview of the top vendors in each market and criteria you can use to determine if a move makes sense for you in the short term. Watch it here:

Five Apps Midsize Companies Should Move to the Cloud NOW! from Midsize Business Leaders on Vimeo.

He says that people may be surprised at seeing business intelligence and analytics on the list, but that the cloud is perfect for collecting and collating data, which can then be used later to make good business decisions. He also says that there are a number of SaaS solutions in the BI and analytics space and that it's important to find the one that suits your needs, as each one has its own focus. The final slide was particularly useful, detailing the Steps to Success:

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About J.Kaplan: Jeff is founder and managing director of THINKstrategies, the independent strategic consulting firm dedicated to helping enterprise IT decision-makers and technology solution providers achieve their business objectives by leveraging the value of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), cloud computing and managed services. His Cloud Computing Showplace is the leading vendor-independent online directory and best practice resource center in this rapidly growing marketplace.