Adding Data Governance Tools to Self-Service Analytics

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birby Angela Guess

Ed Burns recently wrote for Search Business Analytics, “As more and more businesses implement self-service analytics software, a glaring need is becoming apparent: data governance plans. While self-service tools can provide businesses users with a simple way to access and analyze data, they also can give them the ability to feed bad data back into enterprise data stores, silo off important insights or publish information that should be kept private. The need for improved data governance in self-service settings has touched off a race among software vendors to see who can get to the governance finish line first.”

Burns goes on, “In the last two months, both MicroStrategy Inc. and Birst Inc. introduced self-service business intelligence products that stress data governance. MicroStrategy 10 is built around the company’s pre-existing enterprise data infrastructure that brings multiple data sources into a common data warehouse accessible by the entire organization. Meanwhile, Birst 5X comes with a data integration layer that can reconcile disparate data types and pull them into an enterprise-wide data warehouse. Visualization tools on top of this essentially let people query data no matter where it is stored. At the same time, traditional self-service players are touting their governance capabilities more and more. Tableau Software has built in capabilities that allow administrators to assign users to roles that control what they are able to do with data.”

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photo credit: Birst

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