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This free chapter will give you a first-hand insight into how The BI Survey 7 is presented, both in terms of the presentation of the results and the depth of analysis that you will find in the full 404-page report. Chapter 16 deals with the theme of data volumes. Most BI vendors enjoy boasting of their products’ scalability. They frequently fail to define what they mean by ‘scalable’, but one common definition is based on the amount of data they can handle. We therefore try to cut through this boastful fog to find out how much data real users report handling in their applications. This chapter seeks to analyze reported data volumes by a number of parameters before addressing that perennial question: "Is bigger better?"

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