By Vivian Kim
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Self-service BI and analytics solutions offer the potential to address increasingly advanced data analysis needs, putting more power in the hands of business users to get critical answers on demand.
Yet, not all solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of large-scale enterprises. Here, we cover 6 key enterprise-grade capabilities to look for in an augmented analytics platform.
But first, let’s define advanced self-service analytics.
What is Advanced Self-Service Analytics?
First, self-service analytics refers to business intelligence (BI) platforms that allow business users to access and interact with their data directly, instead of relying on a technical team member like a data analyst to compile data for them.
Self-service analytics enable business people to get the insights they need to act, all while streamlining data access and combating bottlenecks caused by routine reports.
While self-service analytics have grown in popularity, advanced self-service analytics bear distinctive traits that elevate them above their more routine counterparts.
According to Advanced Analytics: The In-Depth Guide:
“Advanced analytics leverages AI-based technologies in business intelligence tools to produce deep insights that help business people uncover and understand the stories hidden in their data. Advanced analytics combines technologies like machine learning, semantic analysis, and visualization to automate analysis.”
This automation of data analysis is key. Next-level analytics should provide deep, contextual, and user-friendly insights for business users without technical expertise– and theses solutions should provide these insights in seconds.
Now, let’s discuss the features needed to scale advanced self-service analytics solutions to the enterprise level.
Enterprise Capabilities for Advanced Self-Service Analytics
1. Open Data Platform
An analytics platform is only as valuable as the data that it’s connected to. As an open solution, AnswerRocket can flexibly connect to your existing data platform, whether it’s on-prem, in the cloud, or a hybrid solution.
We currently support over 25 different data platform providers and are continually adding new ones.
We can also host your data for you.
2. Security & User Administration
Security is a priority for AnswerRocket. Admins can customize functional permissions and set row-, column-, and table-level security to ensure that access to sensitive data— such as employee performance— is carefully controlled and governed.
Admins can also define entitlements guiding access rights at the user-, role-, and group-level. Authentication is handled with Active Directory and single sign-on integration.
3. Metadata Management
What good is self-service analytics if you can’t trust the answers?
AnswerRocket enables users to leverage a centralized semantic model and metadata.
This management feature helps establish a single source of truth capable of generating consistent, accurate answers you can have confidence in.
4. Data Storage and Loading
One of the biggest benefits of a solution like AnswerRocket is being able to access all of your important data in one place.
ETL tools allow you to extract, transform, and load data into a self-contained storage layer. Easily index data, manage data loads, and refresh scheduling.
5. Support for AI & Machine Learning Libraries
If you have existing AI and machine learning algorithms in use, then having an extensible analytics platform that can leverage those assets is key.
In addition to the AI automation and ML algorithms included out-of-the-box, AnswerRocket also makes it easy for you to build and operationalize your own machine learning algorithms.
Use any open source machine learning library, such as TensorFlow or scikit-learn.
6. Branding and Personalization
Need to provide a seamless experience for your team members?
The AnswerRocket platform can be white-labeled to reflect your company’s logo and branding. Customize colors to complement your style guide. Define your preferred format and default colors for visualizations to ensure they work harmoniously within your company’s templates.
Each of these capabilities is important for an enterprise-grade analytics solution.
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