Applied Microsoft Business Intelligence by Patrick LeBlanc

By Patrick LeBlanc

Utilized Microsoft enterprise Intelligence indicates you ways to leverage the full set of Microsoft tools—including Microsoft workplace and SQL Server—to higher examine company information. This publication offers most sensible practices for development whole BI ideas utilizing the complete Microsoft toolset. you are going to how one can successfully use SQL Server research and Reporting companies, besides Excel, SharePoint, and different instruments to supply powerful and cohesive options for the firm. insurance comprises BI structure, information queries, semantic types, multidimensional modeling, information research and visualization, functionality tracking, information mining, and extra, that will help you learn how to practice useful company research and reporting. Written through an writer workforce that features a key member of the BI product group at Microsoft, this helpful reference offers specialist guideline for greater use of the Microsoft BI toolset.

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Instead of waiting on reports from the report development team, end users can quickly access data that is stored in either type of semantic mode and build highly visual and interactive reports. Figure 1-6 displays a sample of a Power View report. indd 08:47:36:AM 04/24/2015 Page 10 Chapter 1 ■ Which Analysis and Reporting Tools Do You Need? Figure 1-6: Sample Power View report With Power View, end users become the report authors. A view of the data is made available in a field list, which provides easy access to each data element exposed via a single semantic model.

Prior to SQL Server 2008R2, you only had a single type to choose from when developing a business intelligence solution based on the Microsoft stack. indd 11:14:10:AM 04/22/2015 Page 28 Chapter 2 ■ Designing an Effective Business Intelligence Architecture choices: Power Pivot, tabular, and multidimensional. Chapter 5 provides a detailed explanation that will assist you in choosing the right one. However, regardless of which model you select, the planning process is very similar across all three.

SSRS operates in two modes, which have a few slight differences, but are mostly similar in regard to features and tasks: ■ Native mode: Access and management of reports are available via a webbased platform, also known as Report Manager. ■ SharePoint Integrated mode: This is a site collection within SharePoint that has the same purpose as the Report Manager. SSRS also provides two very different types of reporting experiences. Deciding which to use often poses the biggest challenge for most projects: ■ The first, Operational Reports, are typically used when delivering highlyformatted, table-based and pixel perfect reports.

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