Business Intelligence and Data Analytics

Microsoft named a leader by Gartner in BI and Analytics Platforms

March 17th, 2016|Business Intelligence and Analytics|

Many organisations recognise the importance of investing in BI and analytics tools to deliver insight into their data. Microsoft Power BI has been ranked as one of the market leaders in Gartner’s recently released Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence (BI) and Analytic Platforms 2016. For the first time Microsoft has been places furthest [...]

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Management Portal for SQL Database

May 7th, 2015|Business Intelligence and Analytics|

The Management Portal for SQL Database is a lightweight and easy-to-use database management tool that's part of the Azure Management Portal experience.

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Power BI Analysis Services Connector

April 1st, 2015|Business Intelligence and Analytics|

One of the most exciting features of the new Power BI Preview is the ability to connect live to Analysis Services tabular models that though the SSAS connector.

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New and Improved Power BI

February 4th, 2015|Business Intelligence and Analytics, SharePoint|

Microsoft has announced a number of updates to its Power BI service. In a blog post, James Phillips, General Manager, Data Experiences at Microsoft, outlines how Power BI will help companies "adopt a data culture with easy-to-use, accessible tools and innovative technology that lowers the barriers to entry”. The new features announced by Microsoft include: [...]

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BOARD 9

January 5th, 2015|Business Intelligence and Analytics|

December 2014: BOARD International has launched the BOARD 9 Toolkit: Easier, more powerful and predictive. From predictive analytics to a new graphs engine; from horizontal scalability to mobile performance management; from geo-intelligence to Excel-like formulas into reports, plenty of innovations and enhancements have dramatically heightened BOARD's capability to effectively drive decision-making processes for organizations of [...]

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Business Intelligence Competency Centre

October 23rd, 2014|Business Intelligence and Analytics|

Creating A Business Intelligence Competency Centre (BICC) – When should it happen? As ever there are lots of buzzwords floating around in the Data/Information Management arena; Big Data, Predictive Analytics, BI Competency Centre and more. But are these “buzzwords” really relevant?  Or is it just wrapping? It has to be said I’m not a fan. [...]

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Business Intelligence for Housing (Part 1)

October 16th, 2014|Business Intelligence and Analytics, Housing|

Like many other organisations, Housing Associations are accumulating an ever-growing volume of data, from a variety of internal and external sources. Customer feedback forms, surveys results, online queries, payment data, repairs and maintenance reports, rent arrears, data from external service providers; the list is endless. It is all very well collecting this data, but that [...]

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Microsoft launch SQL Server 2014

March 30th, 2014|Business Intelligence and Analytics|

SQL Server 2014 has been released and is available from April 2014. SQL Server 2014 is an important component of Microsoft’s overall cloud-first data platform. The platform delivers breakthrough performance, accelerated insights through tools everyone uses and the ability to scale globally on-premises and in the cloud – which lets Microsoft’s customers get the most [...]

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Power Query for Excel

November 26th, 2013|Business Intelligence and Analytics|

We have started to use the new Microsoft Power Query add-in for Excel that enhances self-service business intelligence for Excel with an intuitive and consistent experience for discovering, combining, and refining data across a wide variety of sources including relational, structured and semi-structured, OData, Web, Hadoop, Azure Marketplace, and more. Microsoft Power Query for Excel is [...]

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Data Visualisation with Power View

November 13th, 2013|Business Intelligence and Analytics, SharePoint|

Microsoft makes self-service reporting a reality by providing a highly interactive and responsive data exploration, visualisation, and presentation experience for users of all types—from business executives to information workers in Excel. Now anyone can easily create a report in just seconds, transform the “shape” of data with a single click, add powerful timed animation sequences [...]

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