Demand for Self-Service BI Tools Expected to Grow

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 12-03-2014 Email

Business managers want to gain insight from data independent of their IT department and seek self-service business intelligence (BI) tools, according to a new report. Less than one-quarter of the respondents actually have access to those tools now, however. Self-service BI includes the capabilities of software tools and applications that enable business users to access data, analyze it, visualize insights, and share formatted information in reports and dashboards—all without IT's help. The study, "2014 State of Self-Service BI Report," by Logi Analytics, also reports misalignment between IT and the business departments. IT considers the use of spreadsheets most important to business users, whereas those users said it's most important for them to not only consume preformatted reports, but also to analyze data and create reports on their own. "To make matters worse, the most important capabilities for business users were the ones they were the least satisfied with," the report states. Survey data was collected online from more than 600 business and technology professionals in the United States and the United Kingdom. Below are highlights from the report.

Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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