Self-service business intelligence to dominate in 2011

The popularity of self-service business intelligence tools, such as those provided as part of SAP data management solutions, will continue to increase in 2011, according to a recent Computerworld report.

Analyst James Kobielus told Computerworld self-service BI tools grew in popularity in 2010, but the trend is expected to accelerate in the new year. Mobile BI, SaaS-based BI and social media analytics are also expected to grow steadily, according to the report.

Self-service BI tools are designed to provide users with interactive reporting abilities, data analytics capabilities and more comprehensive reporting tools. Employees and executives can use these tools to visualize business data, generate reports and develop views on business-related questions.

Several companies already offer self-service BI tools, including enterprise software company SAP, which offers a tool as part of its broader SAP data management solutions.

Kobielus told Computerworld the tools “take the burden off IT and speed up the development of reports to a considerable degree.”

Self-service BI has already been adopted by many leading businesses. According to a recent Aberdeen Group report, 67 percent of “best in class” companies have adopted some form of self-service BI.


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