The objective of self-service business intelligence is straightforward: enable end users to make decisions based on their own queries and analyses, while also freeing up BI and IT teams to focus on other tasks. Self-service BI also allows business users to customize reports to their own needs, rather than relying only on the predefined data and canned reports available in BI systems. However, maximizing the use of self-service analytics tools can be a challenge for organizations, despite their best intentions.
Effective implementation of self-service BI applications and tools requires an understanding of the varying needs of different users and ongoing support from BI and IT professionals to help users throughout an organization take full advantage of self-service functionality. What is intuitive for one user may elude another, in many cases requiring customized training programs for different levels of expertise in order to reap the most benefit from self-service tools.
This Essential Guide offers articles that address self-service BI trends, the technology's potential benefits and challenges, and strategies for managing successful deployments. It also looks at the self-service BI capabilities of Microsoft's SQL Server database and related technologies.
1Applications and advantages-
Self-service BI trends and benefits
Business users should run the majority of BI analyses themselves, with only 20% of queries and reports created through requests to a BI team or the IT department, according to consultancy Forrester Research Inc. Self-service BI tools are essential for end users to achieve that level of independence. In this section, learn about the potential benefits of self-service BI and steps that BI and IT managers can take to ensure that organizations are meeting their BI goals through the use of self-service software.
Business users are able to perform various analyses themselves with the help of data visualization software and self-service BI tools. Continue Reading
Self-service analytics tools can help companies cope with the lack of skilled data analytics professionals, according to BI managers at two marketing firms. Continue Reading
A Forrester Wave report addresses must-have capabilities for self-service BI platforms and looks at vendors that are providing those functions. Continue Reading
Companies can gain more from business intelligence deployments while relieving IT's workload by giving users self-service tools. Continue Reading
Learn how businesses are addressing common issues such as poor data quality by empowering users and implementing self-service BI software. Continue Reading
Self-service business intelligence may hold the key to getting a solid return on investment on BI projects, but some control is still required. Continue Reading
2Secrets to success-
Challenges and best practices of self-service BI
Managing self-service BI programs is more complex than it appears, as end users have different needs and typically require training and assistance on an ongoing basis. As a result, self-service BI is neither one size fits all, nor a program that runs on automatic pilot. These articles offer insights into how flexibility, carefully selected tools and user support are imperative to self-service BI success.
When business users take responsibility for self-service business intelligence, there are some risks involved, but there are ways to mitigate those risks. Continue Reading
In this podcast, TechTarget editors discuss the importance of implementing data governance strategies to support self-service business intelligence. Continue Reading
Putting tools in the hands of business users is only the beginning of an effective self-service BI program, explains consultant Wayne Eckerson in a Q&A. Continue Reading
Self-service BI isn't meant to be a one-size-fits-all initiative, and it requires careful oversight and up-front development work. Continue Reading
Different groups of end users will have different needs to consider when it comes to configuring and deploying self-service business intelligence tools. Continue Reading
Find out what factors to look at before your organization deploys self-service business intelligence software. Continue Reading
3SQL Server BI-
Self-service business intelligence and SQL Server
Boosting the business intelligence capabilities of SQL Server has been a priority for Microsoft, which has designed tools such as PowerPivot and Power View to empower users to make decisions based on their own analyses. The articles in this section offer information about SQL Server business intelligence options, including self-service BI software.
Read about the improved business intelligence features in SQL Server 2012, including extensive reporting and analytics capabilities, as well as Power View. Continue Reading
Get advice on implementing SQL Server business intelligence and suggestions for getting started from consultant and author Brian Larson. Continue Reading
Read an excerpt from Brian Larson's book to learn how business intelligence can enable users to make more effective business decisions -- if their differing requirements are met. Continue Reading
Intel used the self-service business intelligence features of SQL Server 2012 to help it keep up with the famous Moore's Law in its microprocessor production. Continue Reading
Self-service BI terminology
Learn about and review terms related to self-service business intelligence with this glossary.
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