Self-Service Data Prep: A Tool for Business Users

Self-Serve Data Preparation Makes Data Analysis Easy & Fast
Self-Serve Data Preparation Makes Business Users More Productive and Efficient! There is too much to do in a day to wait for someone else to give you the data you need. But, when it comes to data preparation and data analytics, business users are usually not comfortable with complex solutions that are time consuming or that require professional analytical skills. You pay your team members to have a certain type of expertise and that doesn't always include technology or analytical knowledge. So, if you want them to be a real asset to the organization, you have to give them easy-to-use self-serve data preparation tools. Self Serve data prep allows business users to quickly gather and prepare data for analysis and to answer questions and solve problems without delay.
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Advanced Analytics: If You Don't Know What You Need, How Can You Succeed?

Advanced Analytics: If You Don't Know What You Need, How Can You Succeed?
Every enterprise is talking about Business Intelligence and Advanced Analytics. Every enterprise has considered the benefits of implementing self-serve analytics across the organization and involving business users in the process. Panel discussions at technology conferences and hallway conversations among executives and IT staff encourage the trend and create anxiety within the organization that has not yet embraced advanced analytics at the grassroots level.
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Data Preparation Tools Should be Self-Serve

Self Service Data Preparation! Help Yourself!
Why is Self-Serve Data Preparation So Important? What is self-serve data preparation? It isn't a method of making up data. It is a method of preparing data that allows the average business user to compile and analyze data without the assistance of a data scientist or an IT professional.
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White Paper: Self-Serve Data Preparation Provides Significant Benefit to the Enterprise

Self-Serve Data Preparation Provides Significant Benefit to the Enterprise
By providing sophisticated analytical features and algorithms in an easy-to-use self-serve environment, the enterprise enables business users to perform data preparation and test theories and hypotheses and prototype on their own. Rather than preparing data at the central meta-data layer, and restricting what business users can do and see, IT enabled (rather than IT controlled), self-serve data preparation allows users to compile and prepare data and use that data in analytics to test hypotheses, perform visualization and create and share reports, and create custom alerts and other information. Business users can control the data elements, the volume and the timing.
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Do Citizen Data Scientists Mark the Death of Data Scientists?

Do Citizen Data Scientists Mark the Death of Data Scientists?
To be successful in business, every organization must find a way to accurately forecast and predict the future of its market, and its internal operations, and better understand the buying behavior of its customers and prospects. With the democratization of business intelligence and the advent of self-serve business intelligence tools, organizations hope to encourage and create Citizen Data Scientists and enable the average business user to leverage sophisticated predictive algorithms and BI tools without the expertise and skill of a trained data scientist. This approach allows users who are not statisticians, data scientists, programmers or analysts to leverage self-service tools to confidently make business decisions, share data, and reports and present data in a way that allows the organization to identify trends, patterns, opportunities and challenges.
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Quality is Important! Agility is Necessity!

Agility vs. Quality: A Tightrope Act of Analytics
Agility and Quality: A Vital Balancing Act! This might be a strange comparison but let me make it anyway! Think of data agility and data quality like a tight rope act. The tightrope walker is thinking about getting to the other side without falling. The audience wants to see grace and beauty during the process. They want to see a QUALITY act. In the case of the tightrope walker and the audience, they sometimes have very different goals.
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Data Democracy = Business Benefit

Self-Serve Data Prep and Data Democracy: Good for All!
I vote for Data Democracy. Why? Because data belongs to everyone in your organization and if you can find a way to provide data democratization, and provide your business users with mobile BI tools, self-serve business intelligence, social BI tools and self-service data prep, your organization WILL reap the benefits.
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Whose job is it anyway?

Whose job is it anyway?
There was an accountant; he used to know which entry goes on the debit side and which on the credit side. If that is all he knew, his job has since long disappeared.
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Citizen Data Scientists Benefit the Biz

Smarten Self Serve BI Creates Citizen Data Scientists
If you are interested in, or work in, technology, you are familiar with Gartner and its analysis and predictions for the world-wide technology landscape. One of the key predictions Gartner has made in the past few years is the advent and growth of data democracy and the increasing importance of Citizen Data Scientists.
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Clickless Analytics

Clickless Analytics
One of the things which cause distress in a lot of activities is the click. We have to point and click. You can use your mouse, or finger or your nose if the hands are busy, but you have to click. Point and click was a solution invented for a purpose which we have extended to all areas of life. Since we work in the world of data science and analytics, I will restrict my discussion to this, though I have a plenty of opinion in the other areas.
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