Self-service BI is a must if the full range of users in an organisation are to benefit from analytics and BI to make and execute better decisions. It is one think to address that at the data-warehouse stage but it must also be integral in the BI & Analytics layer.
To see such a BI platform already working across banking, finance, insurance, pharma and most sectors look at The Continuum of Self-Service Analytics and to delve deeper into a security model for self-service BI see Introducing self-service analytics security
But Eckerson added that BI managers and developers still have a crucial role to play -- and that leading data governance efforts should be part of that role. "In most organizations I go into, [data governance] is a huge pain point," he said. "And until companies can achieve a common data vocabulary, they're not going to get very far on effective analytics."