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Empowering the Average Business User with Self-service BI

Empowering the Average Business User with Self-service BI

Even as many organizations look at expanding their business intelligence (BI) teams, there is a counter trend to empower the average employee to become proficient in using BI and analytics tools, rather than leaving the task to dedicated professionals, certified employees and business heads alone.

Most people (human resource professionals, especially) still associate the role of BI with something that theoretically, should require greater expertise. Desired professionals are supposed to come from a data architecture background, have years of project management experience, are able to communicate and present effectively and at the minimum, possess adequate skills in using SQL Server, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Project etc.

All that is about to change with the growing usage of self-service BI tools.

In today’s economic world, corporations must use Business Intelligence (BI) to make more intelligent, faster choices. Universal access to BI enables even average employees contribute in exploring new business opportunities. For example, Tableau version 9.0.3 comes with new updates that include browser and iPad-based text creation (eInfochips recently added group formation, access granting, scheduling and collaboration to the list of self-service features in Tableau).

To fulfill the growing requirement for self-service BI and reduce the learning curve in enterprise wide adoption, one method that can be readily used is setting up a domain in which the business analysts can make and prepare their own BI reports, and questions, with minimal IT Interaction in a self-administrative BI environment. It is these two topics—convenience and data consumption which become pivotal parts in a completely functional self-service BI environment.

Self-service BI is characterized by the facilities inside a BI environment that empower BI clients to become more independent and less reliant on their IT departments. These facilities concentrate on four primary foundational pillars:

  •         Ease access to sourced information for reporting and investigation
  •         Simple to-use BI instruments and enhanced backing for information examination
  •         Quick to convey and simple to manage information distribution centre alternatives, for example, report scheduling and report bursting
  •         Easier and adaptable end-client interfaces

With hundreds of certified In-house BI consultants, eInfochips has been part of several proven success stories with our clients where self-service BI was implemented, empowering them to make their average employee capable of deriving strategic insights from BI data.

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