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Microsoft Promotes 'Self-Service BI'

Microsoft has been pushing business intelligence for years. Much of this revolves around SQL Server, but Excel also in recent years has come into play as a front-end tool.

The strategy became richer and more complex when Microsoft began previewing its 2013 products. The idea is to upgrade to SQL Server 2012 when it ships, and upgrade to Excel 2013 and SharePoint 2013 when they ship (are you sensing a theme?).

You can test betas of all three and get your BI freak on now. On the Excel side, you can use PowerPivot (which has been around a while). A bit newer, so far as I can tell, is a SharePoint Reporting Services add-in called Power View. Power View is an ad-hoc tool for performing data visualization. One new item is that Power View can be accessed through Excel -- at least when Excel 2013 ships.

Posted by Doug Barney on 07/25/2012 at 1:19 PM


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