"It's different if the data is already held externally in some sort of SaaS solution such as Salesforce.com, Google Apps/Docs, etc.," Pendse explained. "In such cases, it does make sense for the OLAP engine to also be an SaaS solution."
Panorama is an open platform such that developers can create their own front end to it that hooks into either SaaS or packaged applications, Antebi said.
But whether customers can do the necessary integration and customization to run PowerApps or are better off waiting for their SaaS providers to partner with Panorama likely depends, again, on the IT staff's skill sets, Hatch added.
Indeed, the real power of BI in the cloud will be to embed it in enterprise applications that need more analytics. Antebi said that Panorama is looking to ink pacts with appropriate providers, but "it's a little too early to discuss partners."
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