Self-service BI for the Masses with SharePoint 2010 & SQL 2012 Aonghus Fraser @gusfraser www.c5alliance.comSharePoint Saturday UK 8th December 2012
Agenda Introduction Decision Making: A Brief History of Business Intelligence Common Scenarios & Problems What can we do now? Demonstrations Q&A
Gus (Aonghus) Fraser SharePoint Evangelist & Lead Consultant @ C5 Developing Enterprise Solutions since SharePoint 2003 Twitter: @gusfraser Email: email@example.com 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
C5 Alliance 75+ highly skilled, qualified and experienced consultants ~12 SharePoint Consultants ~8 BI Consultants Jersey, Guernsey, London.
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.
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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”
SQL Server 2012 & 2012 SP1• Power View- Self Service Reporting
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)
The Science… BI from a SharePointConsultant’s perspective
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)