White paper

A New Approach to Business Intelligence: Rapid-fire BI

Dr. Chris Stolte, VP, Engineering - Tableau Software,

What are new BI trends changing the software industry? How does a new BI approach to data analytics affect business decisions?

Whether you've heard it called departmental BI, new BI, self service BI or rapid-fire BI, this whitepaper will help you and your IT team make sense of what it is, how to identify it and how you and your organization can benefit.

Business intelligence initiatives continue to top CIO priorities, as executives and managers demand greater visibility into business data much faster. Traditional business intelligence platforms have fallen short of delivering rapid analytics and insights. But that's changing. A new kind of BI is here: rapid-fire BI.

Rapid-fire BI is a new approach to providing true business intelligence delivering dramatically better business results. While traditional BI platforms perfected scheduled, parameterized reports, they do not do what they now espouse: provide self-service business intelligence.

This paper addresses the key attributes of a Rapid-Fire BI Solution:

  • User-Driven Approach
  • Easy Visual Interfaces
  • Flexible Configurations
  • High Performance
  • Easy Administration

Rapid-fire BI provides end-user freedom in an environment that leverages existing IT infrastructure and recognizes that not all data is in the enterprise data warehouse. It’s about where people can take advantage of the new generation of easy visual interfaces and visual intelligence that make trends and outliers easy to detect. And it’s about low cost of ownership. It grows to fit your needs on your timeline, leverages your existing infrastructure as much as possible and never requires long implementation phases or specialty technical skills.

About the author

Dr. Chris Stolte, VP, Engineering - Tableau Software