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Microsoft BI Architecture

Microsoft Business Intelligence & SQL Server Architecture

Microsoft has a strong suite for as well the back-end as the front-end functionality of a Business Intelligence & Performance Management architecture. element61 expertise covers the complete end-to-end technology stack.

BACK-END ARCHITECTURE

  • SQL Server database: To provide an optimal storage for all data warehousing needs. The database engine is at several points optimized to handle certain data warehouse queries better. SQL Server provides also a perfect security mechanism to make sure only the right people have access to the information they are cleared to view.
  • Integration Services: Integration Services is the ETL tool from Microsoft. It's an enterprise grade tool for extracting, transforming and loading your data warehouse. Next to it's nice features as Persistent Caching, parameterization and many others it is also highly extendable to your specific needs.
  • Analysis Services:composed with the OLAP/cubes solution of Microsoft or with the Tabular model, using in-memory columnar storage.

FRONT-END ARCHITECTURE

  • Reporting Services:the Microsoft solution for all your reporting needs. This comes with its own reporting portal environment where you can run the reports online or schedule them to be automatically delivered to a central folder or your mail box. Next to the standard reporting portal you can also choose to incorporate reporting services in your SharePoint environment. Reporting Services also delivers mobile reporting capabilities.
  • Report Builder:delivers intuitive report authoring capabilities to end users. In addition to offering an enhanced authoring experience for business users, Report Builder 2.0 benefits power users that are looking for a more sophisticated authoring environment. This authoring of reports can be done on a delivered semantic report model or on several data sources. (e.g.: SQL Server, Oracle, …)
  • Microsoft Excel:is the most commonly used "Business Intelligence"solution today. It is a powerful application that provides all the functionality you need in orderto create spreadsheets, analyze data, and share information in a manageable environment. On top of Analysis Services one can easily create and use reports that include formatted tables, graphs and rich data visualization. Excel comes also packed with self-service capabilities through the tools Power Query, Power Pivot and Power View. MS Excel nowadays also has - quite unknown- easy-to-use data mining capabilities, whichenable predictive analysis at every desktop. By harnessing the data mining algorithms of Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services, business users can quickly gain valuable insight into complex sets of data with just a few mouse clicks. All this information can then be shared and viewed in your corporate SharePoint environment.
  • SharePoint:From allknowledge management functionalities Microsoft SharePoint offers, for Business Intelligence probably the most important featureis to facilitate the collaboration between individuals and teamsin your organization. With SharePoint a portal can be created, where all information -to make important corporate decisions- is accessible from one single location. Next to uploading important business data documents to be shared with all stakeholders of the information, you can alsoanalyze data online or open reports created in Reporting Services. You can also open Excel files online in Excel Services.Finally, users can createtheir own pages or dashboards with a mix of scorecards, filter, charts and data.
  • Power BI: the self-service BI solution of Microsoft in the cloud. You can create interactive reports with the free tool Power BI Desktop or with Excel. You can then publish your work to the Power BI cloud service, where your colleagues can view your work in their browser. Power BI is an incredibly powerful and flexible platform that will play an important role in the business intelligence strategy of Microsoft in the coming years.
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