I had a really good experience presenting a session at the SQL Saturday BI Edition in Dallas this weekend about Power View and PowerPivot. I’ve posted the presentation online and it’s ready for viewing here:
(this presentation is the shell slide for demos… see previous posts for demos)
There are some exciting things happening in the Microsoft BI space right now and there is a lot more soon to be announced. Here’s a quick recap of some of the most recent activity in the industry…
In Chris Webb’s latest post, he shares some very interesting thoughts about Excel as a serious BI tool. In the next generation of Office, PowerPivot and Power View will really just be part of the desktop experience for everyone, rather than an optional add-in and a visual component only available for enterprise business users in SharePoint. This is going to be a big game changer and it’s coming soon. Office 2013 will be on the market in just a couple of months.
A few days ago, Jen Underwood from Microsoft posted about Excel Visualizations and Office Apps, more evidence that Excel is amped up significantly, as a presentation tool.
Microsoft just recently announced that SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 will bring cross-browser support for Reporting Services. Most notably, users will be able to view reports on Apple iOS devices such as their iPads.
The new Microsoft BI Mobility team are working on a complete BI delivery experience for a number of cross-platform mobile devices. The details are forthcoming but you can expect announcements at PASS next month and then in the weeks and months to follow.