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  • BI is OLD!!!Finally we can build systems which meet this criteria
  • This is BAD NEWS!!! 65,536…
  • C5 are a Microsoft Gold Partner… the stack is incredibly rich and integrated
  • Gartner agrees
  • MDX (Multidimensional Expressions) or DAX(Data Analysis Expressions) UDM - Unified Dimensional Model i.e. Analysis Services of oldC#vs C++


  • 1. Self-service BI for the Masses with SharePoint 2010 & SQL 2012 Aonghus Fraser @gusfraser www.c5alliance.comSharePoint Saturday UK 8th December 2012
  • 2. Agenda Introduction Decision Making: A Brief History of Business Intelligence Common Scenarios & Problems What can we do now? Demonstrations Q&A
  • 3. Gus (Aonghus) Fraser SharePoint Evangelist & Lead Consultant @ C5 Developing Enterprise Solutions since SharePoint 2003 Twitter: @gusfraser Email: af@c5.je Bunch of MSFT certs (mostly dev) e.g. MCPD, MCSD etc. NOT a BI consultant C5 Alliance; ~75 IT consultants (18 SharePoint/CRM)  Based in Jersey & Guernsey  Probably the highest concentration of SharePoint consultants on the planet**unconfirmed
  • 4. C5 Alliance 75+ highly skilled, qualified and experienced consultants ~12 SharePoint Consultants ~8 BI Consultants Jersey, Guernsey, London.
  • 5. Jerseywww.c5alliance.com
  • 6. Guernsey www.c5alliance.com
  • 7. A Brief History of BI
  • 8. 1958: Journal of Research and Development An automatic system is being developed to disseminate information to the various sections of any […] organization. […] flexibility of such a system in identifying known information, in finding who needs to know it and in disseminating it efficiently either in abstract form or as a complete document.
  • 9. FFWD 2012 – Data!  Information is doubling every 2 years.  In 2011 the world will create 1.8 zettabytes*.  In 2020 the world will generate 50 times the amount of data, 75 times the number of "information containers“, while IT staff will grow less than 1.5 times.*I had to look it up too – 1M Petabytes!Source: EMC/IDC Digital Universe Study 2011
  • 10. FFWD 2012 - Gartner CEO/CIO PrioritiesTop 10 Business Priorities Rank Top 10 Technology Priorities RankIncreasing enterprise growth 1 Analytics and business 1 intelligenceAttracting and retaining new customers 2 Mobile technologies 2Reducing enterprise costs 3 Cloud computing (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS) 3Creating new products and services 4 Collaboration technologies (workflow) 4(innovation)Delivering operational results 5 Virtualization 5Improving efficiency 6 Legacy Modernization 6Improving profitability (margins) 7 IT Management 7Attracting and retaining the workforce 8 Customer Relationship Management 8Improving marketing and sales 9 ERP Applications 9effectivenessExpanding into new markets and 10 Security 10geographiesSource: Gartner Executive Programs (January 2012)
  • 11. What does “Business Intelligence” mean today? Management Information, Business Insight, Data Warehousing, Data Processing… Examples:  Remove duplication and reduce manual input  Improve quality of information and decisions  Collect and contextualise data from different sources  Gain insights from existing data  Self service end user reporting  Analyse past data  Predict future behaviour
  • 12. Purpose of Business Intelligence Make Better Business Decisions: Visualise meaning and knowledge hidden in your data  The right information  At the right time  In the right format
  • 13. Common Scenarios – BI Report Creation Complex Excel Workbooks & Macros Cut & Paste / Data Integrity Risk Dependency on highly skilled workforce Developers customising reports Dreaded month end operation
  • 14. What can we do now?
  • 15. Microsoft BI Stack Get data > Integration Services Relational data > SQL Server Cube data > Analysis Services Present data > Reporting Services Analyse data > Excel 2007/2010/2013 Present data > SharePoint 2010/2013 ...anything else > T-SQL / C#.NET
  • 16. Microsoft BI Platform Gartner ratingIn the Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms • Gartner is the undisputed authority on IT industry ratings • Microsoft is in the “Magic quadrant” • Market leader in the “ability to execute”
  • 17. SQL Server 2012 & 2012 SP1• Power View- Self Service Reporting
  • 18. Mobile Device Support in SQL 2012 SP1 iOS 6, Windows Phone (Allegedly! I had problems with some SSRS.. Expect a CU or Hotfix for this in Q1 2013)
  • 19. The Science… BI from a SharePointConsultant’s perspective
  • 20. BISM… BI Semantic Model, a 3-layer model:  Data Model  Multi-dimensional interface; OLAP-aware client applications (Excel) can consume (MDX)  Tabular interface; e.g. Power View can consume (DAX)  Business Logic  Created using DAX (simpler) or MDX (more complex)  Data Access  Integration of various sources  xVelocity (VertiPaq) - memory optimised columnstore index (100x performance improvement)
  • 21. Demonstrations
  • 22. Lessons Learned SharePoint BI elements & SQL 2012 SSRS & PowerView installation must be followed precisely; order very important! Beware of SQL Collations!
  • 23. The End - Thank You! Any Questions? @gusfraser af@c5.je