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6 Benefits of Self-Service Capability in Tableau

20 March 2019 10 MIN READ

Until recently, business intelligence systems were in a complex muddle; every time you wanted to ask a question, you had to rely on your IT team. There were bottlenecks and delays to get the information and sometimes business users have to wait for weeks for answers. So, there comes a concept of BI tool with self-service BI capability in Tableau.

The emphasis of BI has changed drastically from generating monthly reports, to interactively discovering and sharing trends, forecasts, and answering business questions. Instead of waiting for weeks to make a decision, businesses that have been using self-service capability in Tableau can often decide on a course of action in a few days only.

In this blog, we will share a few key benefits of self-service BI.

  1. Stop guessing and start making data-driven decisions

Traditional BI systems often left users to no choice but to mere guesswork. Generally, queries and requests had to go through the IT department and by the time you wait for the report, the data becomes obsolete and the information is no longer required.  

Self-service BI changes this situation dynamically. It allows users to get  access to data without waiting for weeks or months. Business users can easily raise questions and get answered on the fly.  

  1. Complex data but easy reporting

With a self-service capability, sharing reports and dashboards become a breeze. Also, you can create meaningful reports with data from multiple sources with no additional tools. Tableau as a Business Intelligence tool empowers all business users to prepare, analyze and visualize any data source with no or little help from IT department,  

  1. Everyone uses the same version of data

Bring an end to data silos and spreadsheets chaos and everyone is on the same page with Tableau. When you can gain actionable insights and do a lot more with self-service capability, there’s no scope of decentralized reporting and every department works with a single source of truth and acts on actionable insights with that centralized data repository.   

4 Create new BI reports in minutes, not days

With easy to use drag-and-drop capabilities, even non-technical users can use Tableau BI and build insightful reports with interactive visualizations. You can easily run ad-hoc analysis all in a matter of minutes and without relying on your technical department.

  1. Freshest Insights at the drop of the hat

Static reports often become dated and are easily surpassed. With self-service capability in Tableau, you can turn your business into a data-driven enterprise and gain immediate access to reports and dashboards. This software empowers everyone to analyze the figures, and access the freshest insights on production, sales, finance, and any other possible records.

  1. Your IT team can focus on other strategic tasks

Self service-BI solutions can free up the IT department. It can liberate non-technical users and ensure users can glean valuable insights with ease and speed without relying heavily on the IT department. This also helps IT team to focus on other strategic tasks.   

Those who already know what BI self-service tools can offer are reaping the maximum benefit out of it. Those who are new to self-service BI concept can keep this blog handy and know how business users at all levels can mine their data for insights to the benefits of their departments.

About the author

Nidhi Batra

Nidhi Batra is a brand communication specialist at Uneecops. She is an active contributor to SAP Business One community and loves to write on smart and intelligent technology which is redefining business models such as SAP Business One, SAP Cloud, Tableau and Power BI. Having Master’s in English from Delhi University, she follows Gartner and spends her time reading avidly about Artificial Intelligence, SAP HANA, Cloud, DevOps, IoT, robotics and business automation.. Tweets at @nidhi_niya

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