Business Intelligence and Reporting
Gig Werks is an industry leader when it comes to business intelligence in both on-premises and cloud based solutions. Our experience includes the full Microsoft stack of reporting solutions including Power Business Intelligence (BI), SQL Server Analysis, SQL Server Reporting Services and Azure Analysis Services.
Business Intelligence Solutions allow everyone access the business information they need to make better decisions, faster. With powerful features that include interactive dashboards and scorecards, people can use the information in databases, reports, and business applications to address specific needs.
Gig Werks expertise around business intelligence solutions and SharePoint can help your organization get the most out of your investment. Below is a list of Business Intelligence Tools & Features from Microsoft.
Power Business Intelligence (BI)
Power BI transforms your company’s data into rich visuals for you to collect and organize so you can focus on what matters to you.
Power BI is a suite of business analytics tools to analyze data and share insights. Power BI dashboards provide a 360-degree view for business users with their most important metrics in one place, updated in real time, and available on all of their devices. With one click, users can explore the data behind their dashboard using intuitive tools that make finding answers easy. Creating a dashboard is simple thanks to over 50 connections to popular business applications, complete with pre-built dashboards crafted by experts that help you get up and running quickly. And you can access your data and reports from anywhere with the Power BI Mobile apps, which update automatically with any changes to your data.
If you are a data analyst delivering reporting and analytics to your organization, Power BI lets you be productive and creative with what you build. Power BI Desktop is a feature-rich data mashup and report authoring tool. Combine data from disparate databases, files, and web services with visual tools that help you understand and fix data quality and formatting issues automatically. With over 20 built-in visuals and a vibrant community of custom visualizations, create stunning reports that communicate your message effectively. With the Power BI service, publish reports securely to your organization and setup automatic data refresh so everyone has the latest information.
Power BI can unify all of your organization’s data, whether in the cloud or on-premises. Using the Power BI gateways, you can connect SQL Server databases, Analysis Services models, and many other data sources to your same dashboards in Power BI. If you already have reporting portals or applications, embed Power BI reports and dashboards for a unified experience.
Power BI Features Include:
Your whole business on one dashboard
With Power BI on the web, monitor your important data from across your organization and from all of the apps you rely on.
Create stunning interactive reports
Power BI Desktop gives you tools to transform, analyze, and visualize data. Share reports in seconds with your organization using Power BI on the web.
Consistent analysis across your organization
With SQL Server Analysis Services on-premises and Azure Analysis Services in the cloud you can easily build robust, reusable models over your data to provide consistency across reporting and analysis in your organization.
Easily embed BI and analytics in your app
Deliver stunning interactive reports in your app with the Power BI Embedded service.
Versions of Power BI
Microsoft Power BI Desktop
With the Power BI Desktop you can visually explore your data through a free-form drag-and-drop canvas, a broad range of modern data visualizations, and an easy-to-use report authoring experience.
Microsoft Power BI Mobile
Access your data anywhere, anytime. These native apps provide live, interactive, mobile access to your important business information.
Microsoft Power BI Gateway
With Power BI gateways, you can keep your data fresh by connecting to on-premises data sources. The gateways provide the flexibility you need to meet individual needs, and the needs of your organization.
SQL Server Analysis
Microsoft SQL Server 2016 enables organizations to build comprehensive, enterprise-ready analytic solutions that deliver actionable insights through familiar data visualization tools such as Microsoft Power BI and Microsoft Excel. Transform complex data into a business intelligence (BI) semantic model that can be easily accessed and understood by business users to provide faster time to insights and increase adoption. With SQL Server 2016 Analysis Services you can create powerful BI semantic models, whether you decide to use traditional multidimensional models or tabular models, and get started faster.
SQL Server Analysis Features Include:
Tabular models: Tabular models in SQL Server Analysis Services 2016 provide an easier, simpler, yet powerful way to create semantic models. Use tabular models in-memory to access data at the speed of thought, or access data directly in real-time without storing it in Analysis Services with DirectQuery.
Multidimensional models: Benefit from performance and manageability enhancements in SQL Server 2016 Analysis Services to the rich semantic and highly scalable multidimensional models.
Simplified setup experience: SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) for Analysis Services 2016 is available as part of SSDT in Visual Studio 2015, providing a simplified setup and installation experience for all your SQL Server Data Tools.
Hybrid BI—connect to on-premises data from the cloud: Benefit from your investments in SQL Server Analysis Services by connecting your multidimensional and tabular models to Power BI and access up-to-date information without moving your data to the cloud.
Predictable cost of ownership: With the BI capabilities built-in to SQL Server 2016 you can reduce licensing complexity by not licensing critical BI features a-la-carte.
Azure Analysis Services
Transform complex data into one version of the truth
Combine data from multiple sources into a single, trusted BI semantic model that is easy to understand and use. Enable self-service and data discovery for business users by simplifying the view of data and its underlying structure.
Match performance to the speed of business
Reduce time-to-insights on large and complex datasets. Fast response times mean your BI solution can meet the needs of your business users and keep pace with your business. Plus, connect to real-time operational data using DirectQuery and closely watch the pulse of your business.
Provide secured access, anytime, from anywhere
Ensure only authorized users can access your data models, no matter where they are, with role-based security and Azure Active Directory support. And with 99.9% availability*, your users can access critical information when they need it.
Accelerate time to delivery
Release your BI solutions in a predictable and secured manner. With robust application lifecycle management capabilities, you can govern, deploy, test, and deliver your BI solution quickly and with confidence.
Develop in a familiar environment
Focus on solving business problems, not learning new skills, when you use the familiar, rich, and integrated development environment of Visual Studio. Easily deploy your existing SQL Server 2016 tabular models to the cloud.
Get started quickly and scale with efficiency
Using the Azure Resource Manager, create and deploy an Analysis Services instance within seconds without the burden of managing infrastructure. Scale up, scale down*, or pause the service and pay only for what you use.
SQL Server Reporting Services
Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is a modern, enterprise reporting platform that can scale to thousands of users. It provides comprehensive reporting capabilities that help you author, deliver and manage reports across your organization. With SQL Server Reporting Services, you can provide your business users secured access to reports on the web, in Microsoft Power BI apps, or on a Microsoft SharePoint site. The rich set of tools enables developers to extend and customize their reporting solution using a familiar development environment
SQL Server Reporting Services Include:
Bring the power of data to more users in the organization with mobile reports. With the built-in mobile BI capabilities in SQL Server 2016, BI professionals can use familiar and easy to use tools to deliver insights that can be accessed by business users in an intuitive, engaging way from their desktop or mobile device.
Design modern paginated reports. Create and publish precisely-formatted, paginated, modern reports—including rich data visualizations—with familiar tools such as Report Builder or Report Designer in SQL Server Data Tools.
Access all your reports in one place. With the Reporting Services web portal, you can manage and provide secured access to your reports and KPIs in one place. The web portal is built on HTML5 technology and optimized for modern browsers.
Extend your on-premises solution to the cloud. Use Power BI dashboards and benefit from existing investments in SQL Server Reporting Services. No need to recreate reports or move them to the cloud, simply pin existing Reporting Services charts, gauges, maps, and images to your Power BI dashboards.
Predictable cost of ownership. With the reporting capabilities built-in to SQL Server 2016, you can reduce licensing complexity by not licensing critical enterprise reporting features a-la-carte.