• 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:
  • Easier signup to the service – all you need to access the service is a business email address
  • Power BI Designer, which can be used to develop charts and other data visualisations that can be shared with any Power BI customer
  • As Power BI is a hybrid service, customers will have live access to on premise Microsoft SQL Server instances whilst having access to all the benefits of a cloud- based analytics service
  • Self-services access to third-party cloud sources including Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Salesforce, Marketo, Zendesk and Github
  • Users will be able access Power BI through a native iPad app; an iPhone app is expected within one month. Android and Windows universal apps that can run on multiple types of devices are expected later this year.

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