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


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.

The business intelligence (BI) boom has put advanced data visualisation and analysis tools at the fingertips of most organisations. Gone are the days of waiting for an analyst to generate a soon-to-be obsolescent report or spending weeks mired in Excel.

Reflecting demand, 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 added.

Here is a roundup of some of the best self-serve analytics and BI platforms out there for enterprise customers.