The best analytics and business intelligence tools for enterprises 2018

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

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As enterprises have more and more data at their fingertips, the expectation is now that your average business user can have access to key metrics in real-time - without having to know what SQL means.

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 Gone are the days of waiting for an analyst to generate a report which is out of date the minute you get it, or spending weeks mired in Excel.

This boom is reflected in the figures, as Gartner forecasts that the global business intelligence (BI) and analytics software market could grow further to $22.8 billion by 2020.

"The rise of data discovery, access to multi-structured 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.

Here is a roundup of some of the best self-serve analytics and BI platforms out there for enterprise customers. These tools are designed for a variety of users, from C-level executives to social media managers and data scientists, and put simplicity at the core of their product.