Gartner Research

What Data Discovery Means for You

Published: 17 December 2014

ID: G00253035

Analyst(s): Dan Sommer, Joao Tapadinhas


Data discovery appeals strongly to business users, but some business intelligence leaders are reluctant to encourage adoption. Data discovery is filling the gap between traditional BI and advanced analytics, and this research explains why and how BI leaders should support its use.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Data discovery is filling the gap between traditional BI and advanced analytics, so BI leaders should study its information exploration capabilities
  • Data discovery enables business users to perform their own analysis, which makes many BI leaders fear it will jeopardize their efforts to provide a single version of the truth
  • Data discovery enables business users to build their own insights, so BI leaders must work with business units to identify and train data discovery users
  • The use of data discovery could result in errors from unreliable data or misleading insights, so BI leaders must identify which users can access which data, certify sources and validate user-produced content

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