TDWI Research sees growing interest in applying more modern, up-to-date tools for working with data. In our recent report on data visualization and discovery, 33 percent of survey respondents said that they are implementing data visualization for discovery and analysis now and 45 percent are planning to implement it. Business users are driving this momentum; they want tools that enable them to be more productive, agile, and effective in working with data and applying data-driven insights to their daily decisions.
Many are calling this the “age of democratization” in analytics, where more than just the few specialists (such as data scientists) are able to discover data insights. Business leadership, business-side analysts, and nontechnical personnel across an organization can do so as well. Increasing demand for faster, higher-volume data analysis—both to gain value and for competitive advantage—is feeding this democratization of data and analytics across enterprises. The economics of cloud computing are also a factor, enabling organizations to spin up systems faster and respond to immediate business demand for data and analytics sooner.
How does the organization empower business users to make use of these technologies? This Checklist Report focuses on helping organizations understand and employ the necessary best practices.
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