When I speak to friends and colleagues about reaping the benefits of business intelligence, they are often frustrated by the inability to a) access data and build reports and insight without the assistance of IT or analysts or b) access tools that allow them to use a BI tool or solution in a way that is meaningful to them. In other words, they either have NO access to business intelligence tools or they have access but those BI tools are restrictive and provide no flexible, agile way to gather, see and analyze data for the type of role they perform within the organization.
If your business does not provide access to business intelligence for team members, the absence of data democratization will result in a lack of empowerment and accountability for decisions and recommendations. If your business DOES provide access to BI tools, but business users have no ability to personalize dashboards or their approach to analytics based on their need, you are restricting them to views, reports and analytical methods that are dictated by an IT team, a consultant or an analyst or data scientist. Because no one but the user understands the particular need or requirements for data, how the data will be used to make a decision or what types of alerts and reports will benefit the user’s role and responsibilities on a daily basis, there is no way the business can accommodate every team member and every ‘day in the life of’ a team member to make sure they have what they need.
Choosing a BI self-serve, mobile business intelligence suite that is suitable for every size enterprise, business function and business user is imperative. You will want a variety of tools and sophisticated features and functionality in an easy-to-use environment to support and transform your business users into Citizen Data Scientists. It is important to provide flexible tools that allow users to personalize dashboards, monitor, analyze and present data. The right BI tool is 100% browser based, with a unique ‘Design once, Use anywhere’ UI engine that ensures a seamless user experience across desktops, tablets and mobile devices. These tools allow business users to design personalized dashboards in minutes, without knowledge of any programming or SQL queries and users can enjoy clear, concise visualizations, alerts for exceptions and trends, and deep dive analysis using highly interactive dashboards.
If you want your business users to promote, collaborate and adopt the use of data and business intelligence, it is important to provide a strong Modern Business Intelligence foundation designed to support your Business Function, Your Existing Business Applications and the unique needs of your industry. Visit our Blog to find out more about how to encourage the use of BI tools and Personalized Dashboards within your team.Share