Eleven of 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


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 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 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.

"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). 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.