Guest Post: Mike Miranda – The Importance of Self Service with Data Discovery Tools

Business IntelligenceWhen we’re talking about Business Intelligence, self-service is an approach to data analytics that plays a vital and extremely beneficial role within an enterprise because it allows for immediate decision making.  No-wait decision-making is a enormous contributor for a company’s bottom-line.  Self-service allows business users to retrieve, interact and collaborate with company information without having to rely on IT assistance.

Thanks to self-service, IT personnel can focus their energy on more large-scale responsibilities that benefit the entire enterprise, like setting up the data warehouse and data marts underpinning the BI system, for example, while other team-members can work more strategically and efficiently. Quality data preparation tools are imperative to the independence of business users and integrated tools allow users to operate, analyze, change and calculate data sets quickly using GUI’s to alternate between data prep and visualization screens with just one click.

BI is becoming more intertwined with self-service which should be no surprise since it enables data analysis to be more streamlined and keeps companies optimally responsive, efficient and agile.  Self-service data-discovery tools allow decision-makers to tap into the information they require which enhances their success.  Self-service also helps a company to realize reduced administrative burdens, shortened timelines and the emergence of deeper insights.

Self-service acts as an enterprise’s coveted ally for several reasons:

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