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Self-service access to data

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In an era of easy self-service access to data, shouldn’t you be doing this for your staff?

As consumers of data and all the web has to offer, we expect a smooth and reliable service; on any device, with no obstacle or interference. We expect the information that is presented to us to be relevant and presented in an intuitive fashion, and it needs to help us make quicker and better informed decisions.

Why then, when it comes to business, do so many companies put barriers in front of their staff when it comes to self-service access to data?

Traditionally, analytics tools tended to be either very complicated to use, expensive to implement, or both. The burden of management and maintenance would fall to technical resources in the business and producing of reports was often a laborious process involving development work and staff patiently (or not!) waiting for their information.

With our ability to access information increasing day by day in our personal lives, businesses are having to work hard to keep up. No longer are staff prepared to wait several days for business critical reports, nor do they want to rely on other sources. Completely changing your organisation’s data landscape may seem a daunting prospect, but it doesn’t have to be.

Self-service Business Intelligence tools allow users the flexibility to access the information they need, when they need it to be more efficient in their roles, they can create their own personalised dashboards to digest information in the way they find most intuitive, and be confident in the knowledge that their data is reliable and accurate.

Basing your data strategy around a modern data warehouse means your business can provide your users with the information they need, when they need it, and in the format that allows them to optimise their understanding of what it is telling them. Ensuring your data warehouse has security, automation and compliance features “included by design” will mean that your users can trust the data that is presented to them.

TouchstoneBI are specialists in Data and Business Intelligence, we have been bringing clarity to our clients’ data for over 35 years. We partner with TimeXtender to bring the best of data warehouse automation to our customers.

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