26 Aug Business Intelligence Self Service
Business Intelligence Self Service Solutions at Xadat
Xadat helps companies design, develop and build business intelligence service portals. After implementing the reports, Business Departments, such as HR, Sales and Marketing are able to design and run daily or monthly reports, without any IT support.
The self service reports can run on a mobile device and PC. Also the user can easily share his reports with his or her colleagues. We have experience in Business Intelligence Self Service Solutions since 2008. Our clients are based in London, New York, Johnsburg and Amsterdam.
What is Business Intelligence Self Service?
When it comes to IT terms, there are two definitions of what business intelligence self service is. The bad thing is that most people mix them up which in turn creates a lot of confusion. So the first definition is the “business need”. This means business people accessing data they require for the making of a certain decision. But how is that different from regular BI? Well they access the data without the help of technology experts. Thus the “self service” part. The second definition is the technology used to fulfill the aforementioned business requirement. These tools can be used for:
- Gathering information from multiple sources
- Analyzing large amounts of data
- Sharing the report with other people
And all this without having to go to the trouble of learning the technical protocols required to access the information.
What can people misunderstand about Business Intelligence Self Service?
The business need creates requirements for the business intelligence self service is a very broad concept that covers a wide range of technologies and data stores. The very thin line between “reports”, “dashboards”, “data recovery”, etc is very blurry. So there is no truly business intelligence self service solution. Someone has done some work in advance thus the above statement. All this information that is gathered by non-professionals, at some point, has to come together. And if this is to be done the right way, a technology expert has to come into play.
What are the benefits of Business Intelligence Self Service?
In 1991, BusinessObjects was explicitly a business intelligence self service tool. What is interesting is that business needs do not change that much over time. What changes though, is the technology used, the amount of data stored, and the level of information use.
What about visual analytics?
Of course, we are talking in the context of business intelligence self service here. So visual analytics means that instead of having users ask a question, then get a result and then from that result make a chart, there is much more to be done from the chart itself. A human being learns way faster by images and data presented in a visual fashion, than through conversation.
How does Business Intelligence Self Service improve the use of BI tools?
Business intelligence self service builds on “traditional” BI, in a sense, i.e. the trusted data sources, that are available through the data warehouse are a crucial part of the data analysis done in the business intelligence self service tools.
Mondy Holten, SAP BI Consultant
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