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By Andrew Popp, IBM Software Group, Business Analytics , BUE, SaaS Market Development

Nothing stays the same for long today—particularly in technology.

If even six years ago I had predicted that you’d have a device in your hand that could look up basically any fact in the world instantly, host­­­ video conversations and help boost your work productivity—and that you’d be able to do all this from the bus on the way to work—you wouldn’t have believed me.

Over much the same time period, organizations in great numbers have turned to cloud technologies to manage a broad variety of business analytics. But is it right for your organization?

(Related: Watson Analytics on IBM Cloud: An interview with Marcus Hearne)

Customers are increasingly using the cloud and software as a service (SaaS) because of ease of use, lower cost and anytime/anywhere access. However, a Ventana Research Analyst Perspective points out the some additional advantages, including enhanced scalability and flexibility, affordability, and IT staff optimization. There are still barriers to moving to the cloud, but the analyst perspective states—and I found this interesting— that “more than one fourth of analytics initiatives for companies of all sizes are cloud-based.”

Making such a transition requires preparation, coordination and effort. But it can be the difference between satisfying the needs of your company’s line-of-business managers and leaving them lacking the analytics needed to keep up with accelerated pace of change and innovation that business requires today.

At IBM, we’ve been making more and more of our information and analytics products “cloud-enabled.” For starters, we’re making business intelligence, performance management, incentive compensation management and other types of analytics deployable on the Cloud and as SaaS solutions.

And just this week we announced IBM Watson Analytics, a breakthrough natural language, cloud-based cognitive service that will provide instant access to powerful predictive and visual analytic tools. You can even sign up to participate in the beta test of the IBM Watson Analytics SaaS solution. Visit the IBM Cloud marketplace to learn more.

IBM Watson Analytics SaaS

For more information on cloud adoption, read “New Generation of Data and Analytics in Cloud,” by Tony Cosentino, VP and Research Director, Ventana Research.

And join thousands of business professionals in learning more about cloud at IBM Insight 2014, Oct. 26-28 in Las Vegas.

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