Friday, October 19, 2012

Business Intelligence, the Microsoft style

Of course, Microsoft has been in the Business Intelligence (BI) game for some time now, but until now the solution sets lacked focus, clarity, consistency, and homogeneity. Well, in my opinion that is. But wait no longer, the company is bringing its a game to BI with clear and concise messaging and a much more focused and simplified tool set:
  • Excel – one authoring tool for your BI. And a great “Personal BI” solution.
  • SharePoint – the best solution for sharing, collaborating, and adding mobility (tablets, smartphones) to your BI. And a great “Group BI” solution.
  • SQL Server – rock solid high-performance, high-availability data platform for supporting very large data sets, and providing reporting, analysis, and integration services. And a great “Corporate BI” solution.

As far as BI solutions go, it hardly gets any simpler than that. And in full recognition that it's a big world out there (or is it a Big Data world?) there's plenty of support for non-Microsoft platforms - Oracle, SAP, Hadoop, Hive, etc.:
So, arm yourself with the awesome, easy to use tools like PowerPivot and PowerView and Explore, Visualize, and Control:

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Office 365 Resources

Few months ago I have put together a post "Office 365 Information and Resources" with helpful links to various resources that provide a good overview of Office 365. Here are a few things that should help you explore Office 365 further:

CAL Suite Bridges for Office 365

This quick post is on a highly confusing (IMHO) subject of Microsoft licensing. Have you ever heard of CAL Suite Bridges for Office 365?  Do you know what they are? If you need a quick overview, I would suggest taking a look at the following article.