The best self-serve analytics and business intelligence tools for enterprises

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

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Enterprises have more and more data at their fingertips, and business users increasingly want access to it 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 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 pure play analytics and BI platforms out there for enterprise customers not already using the big four vendors (Microsoft Power BI, SAP, Oracle and IBM). The self-service tools are designed for a variety of users, from C-level executives, to social media managers and data scientists.

Additional reporting by Thomas Macaulay.