10 Statistics on Self-service BI that every Business Leader should know

Self-service BI

“There’s a global revolution under way”. That is what Forbes states in their report “Analytical Enablement: How leaders harness distributed business intelligence to drive breakthrough results“. The revolution Forbes mentions is self-service analytics.

Business leaders are done with the high costs of BI tools, the waiting periods for reports and the insufficient support to create a data-driven culture. They want analysis capabilities in the hands of those who are the closest to business: end-users. Self-service BI will help to boost accountability among the users, but also motivation to improve business performance. They will gain more clearer insights by shifting from static reports to ad-hoc analysis. These will translate into greater efectiveness in every aspect of the business.

The report goes on to prove the correlation between self-service BI tools and better business performance. According to Forbes, “The greater the degree of self-service, the more the data is shared into the hands of those who need it, the more successful the BI environment”.

Here are 10 insightful statistics from the report:

    • 64% of the respondents state that self-service BI creates significant competitive advantage.


    • 1/2 of the surveyed believe that self-service data analysis can bring real valuable insights.


    • 73% say improving data visualisation is a strategic imperative.


    • 63% of the participants believe that distributed analytics enables end-users to develop more visually interesting analysis.


    • 1/3 of the respondents say that senior managers play a lead role in creating a more self-service environment.


    • 64% defend that adoption depends of some combination of senior management, organic and bottom-up initiatives.


    • – Respondents say that self-service is creating more value on finance (67%), sales (61%), marketing (60%) and compliance (60%).


    • – For Business Leaders the biggest challenges with self-service BI are combining data from different sources (20%) and data security (14%).


    • 71% of the leaders in BI implementation say that self-service BI tools tend to accelerate learning and responsiveness.


    • 57% of the companies that took part in the survey plan to accelerate investment in distributed BI.

Forbes concludes the report saying that the self-service BI trend will continue gaining momentum, as more and more companies start implementing distributed analytics and putting in the hands of end-users.

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