Applied Microsoft Business Intelligence by Patrick LeBlanc

Applied Microsoft Business Intelligence by Patrick LeBlanc

By Patrick LeBlanc

Utilized Microsoft company Intelligence exhibits you the way to leverage the whole set of Microsoft tools—including Microsoft place of work and SQL Server—to larger research enterprise information. This e-book offers most sensible practices for development entire BI suggestions utilizing the entire Microsoft toolset. you are going to tips on how to successfully use SQL Server research and Reporting companies, in addition to Excel, SharePoint, and different instruments to supply potent and cohesive ideas for the firm. insurance comprises BI structure, info queries, semantic types, multidimensional modeling, info research and visualization, functionality tracking, facts mining, and extra, that will help you learn how to practice functional company research and reporting. Written by means of an writer crew that features a key member of the BI product crew at Microsoft, this helpful reference offers professional guide for more desirable use of the Microsoft BI toolset.

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By right-clicking a bar in the bar graph (shown in Figure 1-9) or changing a filter on the dashboard, end users can dynamically analyze the data based on the underlying data model. indd 08:47:36:AM 04/24/2015 Page 13 13 14 Part I ■ Overview of the Microsoft Business Intelligence Toolset Therefore, instead of IT developing several reports of varying levels of the same data, you can create a single dashboard that provides end users with different views from one entry point. Using Excel for Business Intelligence When most people think of Excel, they think of spreadsheets and pivot tables.

When implementing Microsoft business intelligence in an enterprise-wide manner, you should consider using SharePoint as the preferred method for delivery due to its collaborative nature and centralized delivery methodology. Its ability to consume data from an array of heterogeneous sources, coupled with the plethora of visualization capabilities, makes it a complete solution that addresses a variety of needs. On the other hand, architecting a solution that performs in a manner that exceeds expectations often requires a subject matter expert.

Both clustering and AlwaysOn are technologies that provide HA and DR at server and database levels. Implementing this topology almost doubles the number of servers. Figure 2-5 represents a sample of an HA solution. indd 11:14:10:AM 04/22/2015 Page 31 31 32 Part I ■ Overview of the Microsoft Business Intelligence Toolset The SQL Servers and domain controllers are doubled to ensure that the environment remains online in the event of a server failure. What is not represented in the figure is an additional environment that protects against the loss of the primary data center.

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