Self-Service BI is also known as ad hoc reporting. It is beneficial for all organizations as it allows the users the capability to evolve quick reports, helps to permit users to examine their business data. Earlier they needed to ask/inquiry about their data or to create new reports or to make changes in the existing reports, they were obliged to reach out to the IT department.  IT departments have long wanted to be released from running queries, generating reports, and building dashboards. Self-Service tools give users the choice to generate reports from scratch or to make changes in reports without binding up developer resources. This provides the users capability to take control of their analytics needs and allow them to make decisions from their data and from within applications. 

TechTarget explains the idea behind deploying self-service software “is to foster wider and more effective use of BI tools by enabling end users to write queries and create reports on their own, without having to wait for IT or BI teams to do the work for them.”

Advantages of Self-Service BI in an organization:

Work rate –

Self-service BI tools increase productivity in an organization by reducing the longer procedure when there is a need to go through several professional departments such as IT team. An article published in the Information Weekly stands that self-service BI allows “business users to quickly respond to changes, and ask and answer their own questions, while avoiding long turnaround times typically experienced in IT operations.”

Independence for users –

Self-service BI tools provide the users the ability to control and make decisions from the data. No longer the users are obliged to go through multiple business departments (IT department). It helps to eliminate the dependency on the IT team. According to an article by Izenda the idea behind these tools “is that they give the user more freedom and responsibility to gain full independence and self-sufficiency, which creates decentralization of BI within an organization.”

Data on demand – 

Definition of Self-service business intelligence is a place of tools that provides all organizations to manage their raw data. It transforms theraw numbers into an aerodynamic reports that helps the organization in decision making. Kenny Cunanan says “If you’ve ever looked at raw data and felt overwhelmed, business intelligence reporting can help you make sense of your data without relying on outside analysts. It empowers you to take vital information and draw smart conclusions from it on-the-fly.”