What is Self-Service Data Preparation?
Self-serve data preparation allows business users with average technical skills to gather and prepare data for analysis without the help of an IT professional or a data scientist. So, why is that important? Data prep is often the forgotten step in advanced analytics but, without a self-service data preparation tool, the process can take a long time and it can result in incomplete data, data that is hard to analyze and, sometimes, a total work stoppage while IT or a data scientist attempts to sort through the issues and untangle the mess.
Data extraction, transformation and loading (AKA ETL) can be complicated but your business users don’t have the time or the patience for that complicated process. What they need is the information to make a decision, to share and to leverage to achieve goals and stay on track. Self-Serve Data ETL assures that business users can work through a few steps and engage in augmented data preparation, allowing the system to make recommendations and suggestions along the way so that the data is prepared in the right way for the type of data and the needs of the user, and the resulting analysis achieves the user goals.
These easy-to-use tools allow business users to transform, shape, reduce, combine, explore, clean, sample and aggregate data, without the need for SQL skills, ETL or other programming language.
Self-Serve Data Preparation empowers every business user and allows them to prepare data for their analytics using tools that enable data extraction transformation and loading – ETL for business users! In other words, business users can quickly move data into the analytics system without waiting for assistance.