Back in the day, people hired contractors to perform jobs they could not do themselves.
I'm talking about home projects, new roofs, new cabinets, new bathrooms, etc.
And homeowners were at the mercy the professionals, for pricing, quality, duration, etc.
Then along came a company called Home Depot, where the average person could purchase supplies to do the work themselves at substantial savings and convenience.
With Lowes cropping up, Ace getting larger and the home maintenance revolution was born.
So now take data.
Long ago, the data was housed in a large castle by IT, surrounded by a mote of crocodiles and man eating beasts, where no customer was allowed entry, ever.
And the business tired of having to wait, for inferior products and having to bow down to the mighty IT wizards.
And along came Self Service Business Intelligence. The ability for end users, who are somewhat savvy with the data, to pull their own data turned into reports for consumption on their terms.
And a new revolution in data was born.
I don't think we can put the genie back in the box as users get a taste of what they've longed for.
So how will that impact IT. Well, they will have to relinquish their throw, and make room for the new kid on the block.
As prices come down, technology increases and becomes more available, and the competition is already racing forward with their own initiatives, it only makes sense that SSBI will be the future, sooner than later.
So hop on the bandwagon, ride this puppy for the next decade and reap the rewards.
Self Service Business Intelligence is the new Self Service Home Improvement revolution!
And so it goes!