Self-Service BI: Empowering Users to Generate Insights

As the velocity of business increases, business users are less willing to wait for the IT department to create custom reports and analytics. Many users now expect to be able to interact with information and create their own views of data to address pressing business issues. At the same time, BI teams would like to offload report and analytics creation duties to users and focus on more value-added activities.

Fortunately, there is a new crop of self-service BI tools that promises to empower users while liberating the BI team from ad hoc reporting tasks. To work, these tools must be easier to use than previous generations of BI tools while giving the BI team a measure of control over the semantic representation of back-end systems and oversight of the creation of standardized reports and dashboards for decision making.

Join Claudia Imhoff and Colin White to hear the results the recently published TDWI research report they authored on self-service BI. This research covers the tools, techniques, and technologies that leading-edge BI teams are deploying to users to improve their ability to create ad hoc reports and analytics and service their own information needs.

What you will learn:

  • What Self-service BI really means
  • What technologies support the empowerment of your business users
  • How to deploy these technologies in a sustainable fashion
  • The best practices and practical tips to ensure success
  • The results of an extensive survey of TDWI members related to this important research

Featured speakers: 

Claudia Imhoff

President of Intelligent Solutions, Inc. and Founder of Boulder BI Brain Trust

Colin White

Founder of BI Research and President of DataBase Associates Inc.