A 2012 Gartner survey of over 1300 IT managers and business users already use or plan to use cloud-based or SaaS (Software as a Service) products in the next twelve months. Cloud-based computing is still leading-edge; it hasn’t yet become a part of the core computing environment for the majority of organizations. Only 17% of these managers responded that cloud/SaaS solutions will replace core BI functions. This survey doesn’t describe Predictive Analytics (PA) applications, but I suspect the percentages are lower. Of course, the driver for considering cloud-based solutions is big data; the size of the data many organizations now
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