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SMB Specialists: Microsoft Delivers BI As A Fringe Benefit Microsoft's answer for BI appeals to enterprises large and small, but midsize firms, in particular, like the fact that if you license Microsoft SQL Server, SharePoint (Enterprise), and Microsoft Office, you own all the components of Microsoft BI. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 provides built-in Reporting Services, Analysis Services, Integration Services, and the PowerPivot in-memory-analysis plug-in for Excel. SharePoint Enterprise Edition gives you PerformancePoint Services for dashboards, scorecards, and analytics. And Microsoft Office gives you Excel, which is a ubiquitous data-consumption tool, exploited by Microsoft as well as most other BI vendors. You'll need IT's support to make the most of integration, reporting, and analysis services, but SharePoint and Excel are familiar, easy to use, and versatile in serving many needs.
The Agile ArchiveWhen it comes to managing data, donít look at backup and archiving systems as burdens and cost centers. A well-designed archive can enhance data protection and restores, ease search and e-discovery efforts, and save money by intelligently moving data from expensive primary storage systems.
2014 Analytics, BI, and Information Management SurveyITís tried for years to simplify data analytics and business intelligence efforts. Have visual analysis tools and Hadoop and NoSQL databases helped? Respondents to our 2014 InformationWeek Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Information Management Survey have a mixed outlook.