Gartner Research

Embrace Self-Service Data Preparation Tools for Agility, but Govern to Avoid Data Chaos

Published: 17 March 2015

ID: G00274731

Analyst(s): Cindi Howson


Business users increasingly have powerful capabilities to explore, manipulate and merge new data sources without IT support. BI leaders who embrace these self-service data preparation capabilities will provide a competitive advantage over organizations that insist on centralized ETL alone.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • New self-service data preparation capabilities provide users with greater agility to respond to new data sources and new business requirements, challenging BI leaders who adhere to more centralized data modeling approaches
  • Without appropriate processes and governance, self-service capabilities can introduce multiple versions of the truth, increase errors in reporting and leave companies exposed to inconsistent information, creating a challenge for BI leaders
  • Failure of BI leaders to embrace self-service data preparation will leave slower-to-respond companies at a competitive disadvantage through an inability to fully exploit relevant data sources
  • With new tools aimed at business users transforming and manipulating data, BI leaders need to expand their BI tool portfolios while positioning the right tool for the right use case and user

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