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  • In past features, we've reported on the rising presence of both business intelligence (BI) and collaborative tools in the enterprise. So it's only logical that organizations should seek to combine the two in an effort to empower users with what's called "collaborative BI." And that's happening right now, as the majority of companies surveyed either currently deploy collaborative BI or will consider doing so in the future, according to a recent survey from Dresner Advisory Services. The resulting "Collaborative Computing and Business Intelligence Market Study" reveals that a significant number of IT and executive-level professionals consider collaborative BI to be important—if not critical—in achieving strategic objectives. They're turning to dashboards, advanced visualization, data warehousing and other technologies to achieve that. Vendor tools in this space include Microsoft SharePoint, Dropbox and Google Docs. Nearly 865 professionals—most of whom are working in either IT, BI or at an executive level—took part in the research. (Note to readers: The report is available for sale, listed at $595.)

  • Business and IT managers anticipate making greater investments in cloud-based business intelligence (BI) tools, according to recent survey research from Dresner Advisory Services. The accompanying "2015 Cloud Computing and Business Intelligence Market Study" reveals that organizations are most likely turning to a private cloud—rather than a public one—for BI initiatives. These enterprises expect to get end-user self-service, personalized dashboards and ad hoc queries from these tools, which are highly sought—especially within sales and marketing departments. "Organizations that perceive themselves as more successful with their business intelligence projects are those most likely to use cloud BI today," says Howard Dresner, founder and chief research officer at Dresner Advisory Services. "Interest in most cloud BI features is increasing over time. … We see this as a positive signal of potential future adoption." More than 775 IT, marketing, BI, operations, R&D and other professionals, as well as executive management, took part in the research. (Note to readers: The report can be purchased for $595.)