A majority of business intelligence (BI) users (55%) now claim to be engaging in self-service tasks, with another 24% planning to do so in the future, according to a new report from Business Application Research Center (BARC).

BI Survey 14, BARC’s annual survey of more than 3,000 BI professionals worldwide, shows that 30% of BI users now consider themselves “power users,” higher than the previously assumed 20%.

“Of all the trending topics analyzed in The BI Survey 14, self-service BI is the most popular, along with operational analytics,” Carsten Bange, CEO of BARC and co-author of The BI Survey 14, said in a statement. “Adoption of self-service BI is way ahead of other current trends such as collaborative BI [29%] and mobile BI [18%], both of which have received comparable levels of media attention and vendor promotion in recent times.”

The center is “seeing a growing trend among enterprises to enable end-users to build or design their own dashboards and reports without the need for IT support,” Bange said. “End-users may even build their own BI applications that combine multiple data sources through highly configurable portals.”

The study, which includes detailed feedback on 34 BI products from 29 vendors, also shows that for the third year in a row growth in the use of mobile BI has slowed, increasing just 2% on last year to 18%. The number of enterprises planning to deploy mobile BI in the next 12 months has also decreased for the second consecutive year.

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