Dresner’s Point: BI Self-Service is Food for Thought

April 15, 2014:

Self-service is one of the hottest areas in business intelligence. But at one of my Friday #BIWisdom tweetchats, it became clear that people think of self-service BI in different ways.

It probably wasn’t because the weekly tweetchat takes place after lunch (depending on the participants’ time zones), but one person had food on the mind and described self-service BI as users’ ability to select what they want from a menu. The chef (someone in IT, a business analyst, or member of a BI competency center) knows the data ingredients available, has a good idea of what the diners will want and makes sure the ingredients are fit for consumption. And given the range of “diners” and the fact that not all are epicureans, there ought to be multiple options for giving some diners different menus.

The analogy works and I had to admit it had a lot of food for thought.

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