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Talk given at #SVCC in October 2009

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  • End users are the final consumers of “Business Intelligence” they are the ones that look for insights into the information that is provided and make strategic, tactical or operational decisions.Today end users use familiar tools like Microsoft Office Excel and Access to create their business models or reports and either make decisions themselves or share it out with others. This allows them to get solutions up and running quickly without any dependence on IT. The challenge with these traditional tools is that there is no accountability for where the data in their systems comes from and where the information goes. Not only is it a data quality issue, but one of compliance as well and is the reason why IT Pros within these organizations look to try and manage this information sprawl.IT on the other hand is used to managing their data and infrastructure in a secure, scalable and reliable way, but just cant keep up with the demands of the end users as every new request needs additional customization or the creation of new BI assets.Our vision for end user empowerment is about bringing the best of both worlds to the end user. End users should continue to rapidly create their business models and repots using the tools that they are familiar with while at the same time being able to work on information that is managed by IT, is secure and of high quality. All without having to directly call on IT to make it all happen. This is what we view as “Self Service BI”
  • If SharePoint lists had a REST/Atom API, when Gemini is installed in the SharePoint farm we could add an Open Data Feed menu option that returned an .atomsvc file that points to the data service (the Open Data Feed menu option would be added by Gemini not part of WSS, because showing this option to users only makes sense if their organization has deployed Gemini in their SharePoint farm).
  • For REST/Atom data services, the IT administrator can create data feed files that contain the URL of the data service. For the MDM example above to work, MDM (or preferably BDC) would have to implement a REST/Atom API.
  • Data feed files stored in SharePoint document libraries can be returned as search results
  • Custom LOB application

Gemini Introduction Gemini Introduction Presentation Transcript

  • Gemini : Self-Service BI
    Lynn Langit
    http://blogs.msdn.com/SoCalDevGal
  • What's in a name…
    Gemini - Gemini (pronounced /ˈgɛmɪnaɪ/, Latin: twins, symbol ♊) is one of the constellations of the zodiac known as "the twins"
  • The Corporate Twins
    Business Users
    IT
    United in a common goal but separated by a chasm of clashing roles and responsibilities
  • BI Spectrum
    Empoweredand Managed
    IT
    Managed
    Secure
    Scalable
    Up to date
    Backed Up
    Self Service
    Easy to use
    On and Offline
    Collaborative
    Data
    Sources
    Data
    Marts
    BI andLOB Apps
    Portals and Dashboards
    IT Involvement in BI
    IT
    Unmanaged
    Spreadsheets and Desktop Apps
    End User Context for BI
    Personal(Empowered)
    Organizational(Aligned)
    Team(Connected)
    4
  • Personal, Team, Organizational BI
    Data
    Sources
    Data
    Marts
    BI andLOB Apps
    Portals and Dashboards
    Spreadsheets and Desktop Apps
    Empowered
    Aligned
  • The Challenge
    Data warehouses do not cover all data or all users
    New formal BI solutions need time and resources
    Diverse users have diverse data needs
    Bottleneck
    Ad-hoc requests stress I.T. capacity
    Power users bypass I.T. with unsanctioned sources
    Chaos
  • Reign in the "Spreadmarts"
    • Excel is the IW tool of choice
    • Excel is a problem - “unmanageable”
    • Excel is sticky – users “can’t quit it”
    • Why not make Excel part of the solution?
    • Include Excel as part of a complete BI solution
    • Structured and manageable
    • Give IT insight into its usage
    • Provide IT with the technology to
    • Have insight and management
    • Provide clear value
    • Without being a bottleneck
    • Enable managed Self-Service
  • Gemini: Uniting the Twins
    Re-draws the line between
    I.T. and end-user roles
    Empowered to create without IT dependence
    Managingcompliance and
    resources without user obstruction
  • A Technology driven approach
    Adapt technology to the business user
    Remove friction and barriers to entry
    Transparent to the user
    Familiar tools and skills – the cornerstone of Gemini
    Nothing new to learn
    Full potential of existing technology investments
    Continue to work with familiar partners
    Everyone Plays their position
    Business Users don’t need to be technologists
    IT doesn’t need to understand business trivia
  • Gemini technologies
  • Self-service personas
  • Radically cheap memory
  • Exponentially increasing cores
  • Interactive and scalable
  • Managed collaboration for users
  • Managed collaboration for I.T.
  • SharePoint integration
    Analyses are documents
    Fully integrated with the SharePoint lifecycle
    Analysis Services integration enables refresh
    Excel Services integration enables publishing
    ArchitecturalFramework
    OtherServices
    SharePoint
    DocumentMetaphor
    Administration
    Collaboration
    Search
    Security
    Usage
  • Data should be official, accessible and easy to use
    Users say …
  • Data should be secure, reliable and low maintenance
    I.T. says …
  • Data publishing
    should be as easy as
    RSS or Atom
    We say …
  • Data feeds
    Data service
    REST/Atom
    WCF service syndication feeds
    Astoria
    Data feed file
    Atom service document (.atomsvc)
    Opens in Gemini client to import data
    Microsoft Internal Only
  • Reports as Data Sources
    Microsoft Internal Only
  • Sharepoint lists as Data Sources
  • Feeds are published in Sharepoint
    Microsoft Internal Only
  • Feed metadata is searchable
    Microsoft Internal Only
  • Ms and 3rd party apps can publish feeds
    Microsoft Internal Only
  • For More Information
    CTP - http://blogs.msdn.com/mtc/archive/2009/08/10/sql-server-2008-r2-august-ctp-availability.aspx
    http://blogs.msdn.com/gemini/
    http://blogs.msdn.com/SoCalDevGal