The promise of self-service analytics sounds pretty good, but for the IT teams still mired in setting up every tenant and user’s access rights, roles and permissions, it sure doesn’t sound like self-service, does it?
Software developers excel at creating applications that meet specific needs. They should not be tasked with daily maintenance or administration of the application nor should they be forced to do coding to onboard new customers. With all the demands on their time, they shouldn’t be expected to master the intricacies of the industry the software application serves. They create software by coding to the requirements provided by others who are in the best position to administer the application, manage on-boarding customers and make any configurations needed to support specific, customer, user or tenant’s needs.
By simplifying and shifting those duties to a business analyst the process improves. Supplying the BA with administrative functionality within an embedded BI solution completes the realization of self-service analytics for all of the application’s stakeholders.
A business analyst sits in the right position to administer the analytics solution. As the organization’s master of business processes and systems, the BA understands the business and its day-to-day operations better than anyone. The BA already consults with department heads, team leaders and end users on better methods and what tools they need to take action to improve the company’s bottom line. It’s a natural step to give the BA tools to make sure every department and user can gain insight from the company’s own data – and any information gathered about customers and competitors, too.
Rather than requiring the software company’s BA to learn how to code and the intricacies of the organization’s business application, databases and other data sources, choosing an embedded BI platform complete with an administrative UI offers an ideal solution. By utilizing the administrative UI, the BA can manage the analytics solution within the business application. Now the BA can make sure each tenant and end user has access to the right data for the department’s needs and can share reports and dashboards to the right group of fellow users.
A modern embedded analytics solution should extend the use of the administrative UI at the tenant level also. That enables a software company’s customer to empower its own BA to control of data access and the ability to create reports and dashboards. Ultimately with administration and guidance by this BA, end users can gain insight using the company’s data. And the BA can use expertise in analysis to drill down into the data to target areas those end users are unlikely to consider. This will be a boon for the organization.
Izenda 7 Series Simplifies Analytics Administration
Izenda recognized that software product teams needed to provide a competitive edge to customers of their business applications. For over 10 years, our BI platform has enabled end users to gain insight to make the best business decisions within their daily workflow.
Our embedded BI solution enabled end users to create their own reports and dashboards as they sought insight from company data.
Our analytics solution empowered end users by giving them the means to gain insight into what action the business needed to take. Since all elements of the Izenda platform can be embedded, the developers of business applications could integrate analytics into their applications workflow and they could provide business users with the means to create their own reports, dashboard and data visualizations using the intuitive self-service functionality. This freed IT from the report writing business. But software developers still had to administer the platform.
Izenda’s 7 Series, purpose built for OEM use and embedding, includes a robust administrative UI that takes the workload off IT during integration and as new tenants and customers are on-boarded. The administrative UI gives the BA full control over major feature sets exposed to tenants and customers. The entire analytics experience can be configured to meet individual user’s needs and to complement the application’s workflow.
Izenda’s 7 Series has a comprehensive UI for:
• System Administration
• Tenant, User, Role Administration
• Scheduling Administration
• Data Model Administration
• Report Administration
• Copy Management
Izenda’s administrative interface also lets business analysts and other non-technical users:
• Provision data sources
• Join data sources
• Secure data sources
• Aliasing of data source and field names
The administrative UI minimizes developer involvement and speeds time to market. (On a side note, this pleases your organization’s number crunchers as it lowers total cost of ownership when compared to homegrown or other third party solutions.)
According to Wayne Eckerson, founder and principal, Eckerson Group, “The administrative UI empowers business analysts to manage the analytics platform and frees scarce developer time.”
A software company can grant individual tenants self-administration rights to allow for further customization. This enhances the self-service provided to end user organization’s admins and BAs. It empowers them to configure the solution to meet the organization’s needs. Shifting that work reduces the maintenance effort for the software company that developed the business application.
Izenda 7 series administrative UI also makes it easier for software companies to streamline the on-boarding of new tenants using the copy management function. The copy management function makes it easy for companies to have a model version for different types of customers and tenant instances. That enables them to replicate those instances and only make changes to individual tenants as needed. The administrative UI permits the creation of rules to copy data, including the logical data model.
Administration of the analytics platform becomes more manageable when the organization can copy advanced data settings, reports and dashboards, tenant and role permission, roles and their names. Use of this feature lets the organization validate data model consistency as well.
Other solutions require custom coding because their applications are not open and extensible. Integrating analytics into the application’s infrastructure and workflow maximizes user adoption.
Administrative UI Provides New and Rapid Deployment Option
The admin UI is so robust that it along with all platform features can be white-labeled and deployed as an independent BI portal. This allows software companies and other organizations to deploy in a matter of days, create value and then fully embed later. Other organizations are leveraging this white-labeled option to deliver data and analytics to users from multiple stakeholder organizations. The admin UI makes management of different individuals and organizations access rights easy to manage.
Martin Butler of Butler Analytics wrote that Izenda “beefed up its Admin UI,” with the ability to execute all administration functions through an easy to use interface.
“It is also appealing directly to the self-service analytics market through the very friendly user interface and the Admin GUI, allowing skilled business users to pretty much control their own BI environment,” Butler wrote.
Tailoring the Experience for Different Users
Izenda offers a wide range of options for customizing an end user’s experience within the self-service platform. One of the most important examples of this is the ability to customize a user’s access to features, data, reports, and dashboards. Through Izenda’s robust permission setup options, an administrator can make decisions to maintain data security and fully mold a tenant, user, or role’s experience in the platform.
On a more granular level, functionality can be limited to each role down to data access and even button level. Some of the key uses of this would consist of restricting a role’s access to create or consume specific report part types, removing the option of exporting or emailing reports or dashboards to prevent distribution to external users or even removing entire modules of the application like hiding the ability to view or create dashboards.
The ability to quickly limit down what users see on their screen can be an extremely useful tool in sculpting the differences among power users, canned report viewers, and everyone in between.
To learn more about Izenda’s Admin UI and what it can do for you and the users of your application, request a Free Trial of our 7 Series.