Ten of the best self-serve analytics and business intelligence tools for enterprises: What are the best alternative BI products?

As companies look to release their big data, companies like Qlik and Tableau are offering powerful self-serve analytics platforms


As enterprises have more and more data at their fingertips business users increasingly want access to their business information in real-time. This has led to a boom in companies dedicated to building data visualisation and analysis tools that can be used by almost anyone within the business. Gone are the days of waiting for IT to generate a report or spending weeks mired in Excel.

Gartner forecasts that the global business intelligence (BI) and analytics software market will reach $18.3 billion (£14.7 billion) in 2017, and could grow further to $22.8 billion by 2020.

“The rise of data discovery, access to multistructured data, data preparation tools and smart capabilities will further democratise access to analytics and stress the need for governance," the analyst firm said in a recent report.

"Gartner predicts that by 2017, most business users and analysts in organisations will have access to self-service tools to prepare data for analysis.”

Here is a roundup of some of the best analytics and BI platforms out there for enterprise customers not already using the big four vendors (Microsoft BI, SAP, Oracle and IBM). These range from self-service tools for C-level executives, to social media managers and data scientists.

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