Self-service analytics gives users the ability to develop rapid reports, empowering users to analyze their data. End users can analyze their data by dynamically modifying, drilling through or adding calculation functions to a report. This flexibility decreases IT resource drain freeing up valuable development resources. Tech Target brought this interesting topic to our attention in their article, “How to improve data governance for self-service analytics.”

To get the most out of this analytics, it is important for organizations to have an established data governance strategy. Those seeking to scale out self-service capabilities without implementing a corresponding set of data governance and management best practices likely will find business users struggling to make decisions due to inconsistent data, stale data and hidden data, among other problems.

Data governance professionals take responsibility for creating and upholding data governance plans. A sound data governance program includes a governing body, a defined set of procedures and a plan to execute those procedures.

Melody K. Smith

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