Top 3 Self-Service BI Tools Of 2018: An Analogy

Self-Service BI is one of the biggest trends in the Business Intelligence Industry. As the amount of data exponentially increases, business users must leverage data as an asset to ensure that business decisions are made effectively. In fact, this was one of the major reasons why Gartner redefined the prominent Magic Quadrant.

“Gartner boldly predicts that self-service BI platforms will make up 80% of all enterprise reporting by 2020”

Self-Service BI tools offer features to analyze, report, and make visual representations of data.This article highlights the major pros and cons of the top three Self-Service BI tools.

  1. Microsoft Power BI


  • Single view of your most critical business data.
  • No matter where your data lives or what form it’s in, you can get a holistic view of the key metrics of and for your business.
  • With touch-enabled native apps for Windows, iOS, and Android, you can access your data wherever you go.
  • Easily annotate reports with your touch-enabled screen, to draw your team’s focus on new insights. Share and collaborate on the go.


  • Data handling capacity of Microsoft Power BI is very limited. If your company has huge data sets to handle, then Microsoft isn't the right option for you. You will experience frequent timeouts and performance issues.

With the Industry solutions catalogue of Power BI you can learn more on how your industry can get the best insights from your business data.



  • Securely consume your data via browser, desktop, mobile, or embedded into any application
  • Share interactive dashboards, stay on top of your data with real-time alerts & subscriptions, and use storytelling to share insights clearly
  • Deploy where and how you want. Tableau can integrate into your existing data infrastructure, whether on-premise or cloud
  • Self-service analytics in the cloud with Tableau Online
  • Governed self-service analytics, scalable with Tableau Server


  • Compared to other Self-Service tools, Tableau is expensive. Their basic personal desktop edition costs $35 per user per month. This connects only to Excel and Google sheets and is not good enough for large businesses. To connect with all data sources and to perform complex data operations, companies need to opt for professional edition($70 per user per month) or their cloud version named Tableau Server($35 per user per month).

3.SAP Lumira


  • Single, easy-to-use design canvas to foster business-IT collaboration and accelerate user adoption
  • Robust governance and scalability by running on the SAP Business Objects BI platform
  • Real-time performance and insight in a solution that’s optimised to work with SAP HANA, SAP Business Warehouse, and Universe-based data sources for the SAP Business Objects BI suite


  • The visual feel and process of creating data visualisations through SAP Lumira can be improved.

Case Studies:

  1. Take a look at how Enterprise Analytics transformed the business process of a leading Utility company in Qatar. You can access the case study here.
  2. Find out how a leading conglomerate in Kuwait enhanced their business core functions and derived real time insights with SAP Lumira. You can access the case study here.

Self-Service BI (SSBI) tools are a great way to harness the abundance of data across your enterprise. It not only brings the business and IT team together but also simplifies analytics for users and administrators.

Does your business use Tableau, SAP Lumira, or Microsoft Power BI? What is your experience with these tools, and business intelligence software? Do share your thoughts in comments section!