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Enhance SQL Server self-service business intelligence with Power BI
Power BI for Office 365 is a cloud-based service that enables users to create and share data visualizations and to consolidate data from various sources. Read Now
Companies rely on analytics more and more to identify trends and patterns within their data, valuable information essential to improving decision making. In order for users to make the most of this information -- particularly business users -- the tools and features have to be interactive and relatively easy to apply. Business intelligence has been a major focus for Microsoft, which has strived to make SQL Server a workable enterprise database platform.
The right BI system can provide a business with key information by collecting disparate data from different sources and over long periods of time and making it possible to view the data together. SQL business intelligence tools and plug-ins such as Power View enable users to tap into the back end of SQL Server to find valuable business data, create reports and visuals, and easily share data with other users. A SQL Server BI system supports decision making in companies of all sizes, but it's not always the most cost-effective or sensible option.
Read through this Essential Guide to find comprehensive information about SQL Server business intelligence, business analytics, and data visualization tools and features, as well as expert recommendations for making the buying decision that is right for your organization.
1Enhance data visualization, decision making with Power View
Power View is an accessible BI reporting tool that enables users to build reports and interact with multiple views of data. In this section, learn more about its role in SQL Server BI, how to use it, and what it can and can't do.
Tips for initiating Microsoft Power View, SQL Server Analysis Services
Microsoft SQL Server experts delve into SQL Server Analysis Services and getting started with Power View in this book excerpt. Read Now
How to create BI reports with SQL Server Power View
The business intelligence tool Power View makes report building accessible for all users. This tip offers some pointers for getting started. Read Now
2Boost reporting, visuals with SQL Server analytics tools
Both business and IT users have a wide array of options when it comes to SQL business intelligence tools. The articles in this section explore what SQL Server Reporting Services, PowerPivot, GeoFlow and other tools have to offer and whether they may be appropriate for your organization.
Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services offers interactive reports
In this interview, learn about the features of SQL Server Reporting Services from author and expert Brian Larson. Read Now
How to create high-quality reports with Reporting Services
This book excerpt offers an introduction to SQL Server's Reporting Services features and how-to advice for using it. Read Now
The three SQL Server OLAP storage models: Which suits your use case?
Set up your project for success in terms of latency, size and performance by selecting the best option from the three SQL Server OLAP storage models. Read Now
3How much do you know about SQL Server self-service BI?
Take this brief quiz to test your knowledge of SQL business intelligence tools and features.