On-Demand or On-Premise: Yes, Please

The great debate about on-demand solutions versus on-premise software has gone on for about a decade now. The consensus is that the hosted approach is more nimble, much faster to deploy, doesn’t require in-house resources or hardware, but it isn’t quite ready for the big league due to security issues, cloudy information ownership issues, limited functionality, very limited flexibility, closed architectures and a lack of general data scalability. As a result, hosted BI has struggled to gain acceptance.

Well it’s time for a fresh take on this subject – one that finally gets BI where it needs to be. Pentaho has created a hybrid approach, which gives you the best of both worlds – the freedom, flexibility and ease of hosted software in tandem with the security, robustness and scalability of enterprise-grade solutions. This comes in the form of a suite of On-Demand BI subscriptions that put you in the driver seat. Instead of having to live with whatever the provider decides to do with information storage, security and management, you are in complete control over how the hosted solution is deployed and managed. That adds the key element that has been missing – choice. You determine if it is best that the BI application is managed wholly by Pentaho, internally or by both parties.

Those of you with more time or internal resources to commit to the specific BI application initiative can develop and administer the infrastructure yourselves. Alternatively, Pentaho can handle any portion of the deployment or application management, as you determine based on what is best for your organization.

What if you change your mind? No problem. This subscription service is deployed via a virtual image. So if you decide to move your BI Suite on-premise, there are no portability issues to overcome – one of the huge barriers to adoption of traditional hosted solutions. No longer is it problematic to shift from hosted to on-premise or back again. And if you want to add more bandwidth, memory or processing power, it’s quickly and easily added.. How’s that for agility?

Skeptical? Take it for a test drive in our new On-Demand BI evaluation environment. It’s so good that we challenge anyone to provide us with a distinct data set and we’ll get it running within 72 hours with dashboards and relevant KPIs. We’ll even let you access it for three weeks while you explore and expand it.

On-Demand or On-Premise: Yes, please.

Richard

For more information about Pentaho’s On-Demand BI Solution and the 72-Hour Challenge visit www.pentaho.com/services/on-demand.

One Response to On-Demand or On-Premise: Yes, Please

  1. Ken Altshuler says:

    I like it Richard. Based on what I have seen so far, it seems that everyone can use Pentaho products, are you calling on everyone yet? I read Joe Nicholson’s blog before yours, he talks about bringing together IT and business users, narrowing the gap between the wizards in the IT department, and the users who work the field in various positions. Making the process both seamless as well as effortless for those whose focus is better utilized presenting data versus the gathering, analyzing, and crunching of the data.
    Your host versus non-host process appears to provide a user (subscriber) access to unlimited amounts of whatever is needed, whenever it is needed, meeting the ever-changing needs and demands of business today, seemingly without much notice. WOW.
    Apparently you…have built a BI suite of services that is leading the industry, utilizing cutting edge timing and products to remain in the front of the pack, ie. I-Pad plug in, answering the unasked question, how can it be this easy.
    More than intriguing, very very exciting.
    Ken

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