Self service facilities in the BI environment make the users more self-reliant and less dependent on the IT staffers. Facilities focus on easier access to data sources for analysis and reporting, improved support for data analysis and faster, collaborative deployment options and end-user interfaces. The self-service BI approach lets the end users who are not so tech savvy to create personalized reports on their own. However, the user interface should also be easy to use. Business workers should be trained on both the data and self-service applications so that they can easily access and make the right use of the critical business information in the BI system.
Self-service BI system empowers end users to make their own views on the data by customizing their reports. The workers are not hindered by the IT staff nor does the IT department spend time creating new reports in the existing BI system. This is how it potentially benefits both the groups. Also, it has been predicted by 2017 majority of the business users and analysts will have access to self-service tools for preparation of data analysis. Consequently, self-service BI will act as a convenient and seamless tool for data integration between numerous numbers of data assets within and outside the enterprise, granting users more control over BI applications than ever before.