Making the Most of Power BI
with SQL Server 2014 and Azure
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Andy is a Microsoft BI architect at Perficient and a senior-level
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A nationwide Microsoft BI practice offering both
• Strategic Engagements
• Strategy Assessments
• Program Mentoring
• Tact...
• Introduction
• Power BI Review
• Accessing Your Data with Power BI
• SQL Server 2014: What’s New?
• Cloud (BI) on the Ho...
Introduction
Cloud-Enabled BI with Microsoft
Presentation Tier
Power BI for Office 365
Service Tier/Data Tier
Microsoft Az...
What is
Power BI?
Power BI is:
A collection of Excel-based
tools and Office 365 SharePoint Online features and services th...
What are the
components of
Power BI?
There are two major elements:
Self-Service BI
with Excel
(AKA “The Power Tools”)
Powe...
The Power Tools
Power Query
Find and connect data
across a wide variety of
sources – both internal
and external to your
or...
The Power Tools
Power Query
Power Pivot
Find and connect data
across a wide variety of
sources – both internal
and externa...
The Power Tools
Power View
Interact with data from
various sources –
including Excel itself, a
Power Pivot model, or
SQL S...
The Power Tools
Power View
Power Map
Interact with data from
various sources –
including Excel itself, a
Power Pivot model...
Power BI SharePoint Online App
Power BI Sites
Analogous to a
PowerPivot Gallery in on-
premise SharePoint, but
BETTER! (Al...
Power BI SharePoint Online App
Power BI Sites
Power BI for Mobile
Analogous to a
PowerPivot Gallery in on-
premise SharePo...
Power BI SharePoint Online App
Administration
Power BI Admin Center
allows IT management of
“gateways” to on-
premises dat...
Power BI SharePoint Online App
Administration
Data Management
Gateway
- Client app runs on
machines on-premises
- Connect ...
Introducing
Data Management
Gateway
Power BI Data Connectivity
A client agent that runs as
Windows Service on data
source ...
Introducing
Data Management
Gateway
Power BI Data Connectivity
A client agent that runs as
Windows Service on data
source ...
Introducing
Data Management
Gateway
Power BI Data Connectivity
A client agent that runs as
Windows Service on data
source ...
So where do you keep your data?
The Power BI Power Tools support most industry-standard data sources
via PowerPivot and/or...
Power BI Data Connectivity
Access to Data Anywhere
• On-Premises sources via Data Management Gateway
• Cloud sources via E...
SQL Server 2014:
What’s New?
Enhancements to the Database Engine:
• In-Memory OLTP (AKA “Hekaton” or Memory-Optimized Tabl...
SQL Server 2014:
“What’s In It For Me?”
Dramatic query performance boosts (e.g. 30x faster OLTP,
100x faster star schema) ...
SQL Server 2014
Transformational
performance:
- Up to 30x OLTP
performance gains
- Up to 100x faster start
join queries
- ...
SQL Server 2014
High-efficiency, high-
value:
- Enhance on-premises
installations with cloud
capabilities
- Pay-per-use sc...
Microsoft Azure
Speaking of
Microsoft Azure
Azure Virtual Machines
Only path to fully-functional
SQL Server BI in the cloud
Integrate into existing AD...
Microsoft Azure
Azure Virtual Machines
Only path to fully-functional
SQL Server BI in the cloud
Integrate into existing AD...
Cloud BI
BI in the Cloud with Azure
and SQL Server 2014:
What do I need?
• Azure Virtual Machine
– With Windows Server 201...
Cloud BI
… and for
Power BI in the Cloud
with Office365:
• Office 365 SharePoint Online
– with Power BI for Office 365 app...
Cloud BI
SQL Server Cloud BI Advice
• Use an A7 VM for SQL Server 2014
• Use a point-to-site or a site-to-site VPN connect...
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Power BI is a compelling new cloud-based BI offering for Office 365 SharePoint Online users, with advanced collaborative capabilities including mobile cross-platform reporting, on-the-fly dashboarding and natural language querying.

When you combine Power BI’s self-service business intelligence with SQL Server 2014 and Microsoft Azure, you can host your entire BI solution in the cloud while providing greater access to business analytics than ever before.

Join Perficient's Microsoft business intelligence expert Andrew Tegethoff to learn how to host your analytics and reporting solution in the cloud with Power BI and SQL Server 2014.

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Making the Most of Power BI with SQL Server 2014 and Azure

  1. 1. Making the Most of Power BI with SQL Server 2014 and Azure facebook.com/perficient twitter.com/Perficient_MSFTlinkedin.com/company/perficient Presented by Andy Tegethoff
  2. 2. Perficient is a leading information technology consulting firm serving clients throughout North America. We help clients implement business-driven technology solutions that integrate business processes, improve worker productivity, increase customer loyalty and create a more agile enterprise to better respond to new business opportunities. About Perficient
  3. 3. • Founded in 1997 • Public, NASDAQ: PRFT • 2013 revenue ~$373 million • Major market locations throughout North America • Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Fairfax, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York City, Northern California, Philadelphia, Southern California, St. Louis, Toronto and Washington, D.C. • Global delivery centers in China, Europe and India • >2,100 colleagues • Dedicated solution practices • ~85% repeat business rate • Alliance partnerships with major technology vendors • Multiple vendor/industry technology and growth awards Perficient Profile
  4. 4. BUSINESS SOLUTIONS Business Intelligence Business Process Management Customer Experience and CRM Enterprise Performance Management Enterprise Resource Planning Experience Design (XD) Management Consulting TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS Business Integration/SOA Cloud Services Commerce Content Management Custom Application Development Education Information Management Mobile Platforms Platform Integration Portal & Social Our Solutions Expertise
  5. 5. Our Microsoft Practice
  6. 6. Andy Tegethoff Andy is a Microsoft BI architect at Perficient and a senior-level consultant with more than 14 years of experience exploring, planning and building cost-effective software and process-oriented solutions for challenging business problems. A Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) for SQL Server BI, his solutions integrate elements such as data warehousing, dashboards, and broad- based reporting in order to deliver vital, actionable information at every level of the enterprise. Our Speaker
  7. 7. A nationwide Microsoft BI practice offering both • Strategic Engagements • Strategy Assessments • Program Mentoring • Tactical Engagements • End-to-End Implementations • Current State Evaluations • Proof of Concept Projects BI Expertise
  8. 8. • Introduction • Power BI Review • Accessing Your Data with Power BI • SQL Server 2014: What’s New? • Cloud (BI) on the Horizon • Q & A Agenda
  9. 9. Introduction Cloud-Enabled BI with Microsoft Presentation Tier Power BI for Office 365 Service Tier/Data Tier Microsoft Azure/ SQL Server 2014
  10. 10. What is Power BI? Power BI is: A collection of Excel-based tools and Office 365 SharePoint Online features and services that enables self-service BI and provides a data collaboration portal featuring mobile access to analytics. Power BI for Office 365
  11. 11. What are the components of Power BI? There are two major elements: Self-Service BI with Excel (AKA “The Power Tools”) Power Query Power Pivot Power View Power Map Power BI with Office 365 Power BI Sites Power BI for Mobile Data Management Gateway Power BI for Office 365
  12. 12. The Power Tools Power Query Find and connect data across a wide variety of sources – both internal and external to your organization Connect to and consume Big Data in Excel • Hadoop (HDFS) • Azure HD Insight, PDW
  13. 13. The Power Tools Power Query Power Pivot Find and connect data across a wide variety of sources – both internal and external to your organization Connect to and consume Big Data in Excel • Hadoop (HDFS) • Azure HD Insight, PDW Host a significant analytical database inside Excel in-memory using the xVelocity analytics engine, with no Admin or Configuration – and share it via SharePoint Access data from standard a variety of platforms, work with millions of rows, plus keep larger file sizes in Power BI (250MB model size limit, 10MB file size limit)
  14. 14. The Power Tools Power View Interact with data from various sources – including Excel itself, a Power Pivot model, or SQL Server Analysis Services (Tabular model or OLAP Cube) Create charts and other visualizations with filtering, highlighting, slicing and sorting • Multiple Views • Solid performance • HTML 5
  15. 15. The Power Tools Power View Power Map Interact with data from various sources – including Excel itself, a Power Pivot model, or SQL Server Analysis Services (Tabular model or OLAP Cube) Create charts and other visualizations with filtering, highlighting, slicing and sorting • Multiple Views • Solid performance • HTML 5 3D visualization tool for mapping, exploring and interacting with geospatial and time data Plot data on Bing maps and visualize with 3D columns, charts, heat maps, and regions Capture screenshot "scenes" and build cinematic video "tours"
  16. 16. Power BI SharePoint Online App Power BI Sites Analogous to a PowerPivot Gallery in on- premise SharePoint, but BETTER! (Allow larger files, more advanced browsing) Key Features: • Q & A (Natural Language query) • Connectivity to external data sources
  17. 17. Power BI SharePoint Online App Power BI Sites Power BI for Mobile Analogous to a PowerPivot Gallery in on- premise SharePoint, but BETTER! (Allow larger files, more advanced browsing) Key Features: • Q & A (Natural Language query) • Connectivity to external data sources Available in the Windows Store (currently only for Windows 8, 8.1 devices) iOS version due by Q3 Connects to Power BI site, allows browsing for Power BI content from any device
  18. 18. Power BI SharePoint Online App Administration Power BI Admin Center allows IT management of “gateways” to on- premises data sources, and is accessible from O365 Admin or any Power BI site
  19. 19. Power BI SharePoint Online App Administration Data Management Gateway - Client app runs on machines on-premises - Connect to cloud service in Power BI Power BI Admin Center allows IT management of “gateways” to on- premises data sources, and is accessible from O365 Admin or any Power BI site
  20. 20. Introducing Data Management Gateway Power BI Data Connectivity A client agent that runs as Windows Service on data source computer. • Free DL -- install to multiple computers • Connects to cloud service which runs in the Power BI App in SharePoint Online
  21. 21. Introducing Data Management Gateway Power BI Data Connectivity A client agent that runs as Windows Service on data source computer. • Free DL -- install to multiple computers • Connects to cloud service which runs in the Power BI App in SharePoint Online Administrator registers and shares a Data Management Gateway client with the cloud service, and can then create Data Sources: • Cloud Refresh of workbooks • Shareable OData feeds
  22. 22. Introducing Data Management Gateway Power BI Data Connectivity A client agent that runs as Windows Service on data source computer: • Free DL -- install to multiple computers • Connects to cloud service which runs in the Power BI App in SharePoint Online Administrator registers and shares a Data Management Gateway client with the cloud service, and can then create Data Sources: • Cloud Refresh of workbooks • Shareable OData feeds Data Source credentials can be stored securely in the cloud: • Business continuity • Data source migration purposes • Requires certificate
  23. 23. So where do you keep your data? The Power BI Power Tools support most industry-standard data sources via PowerPivot and/or Power Query: SQL Server, Oracle, Teradata, IBM DB2, Access, Excel, OData feeds, and more Data Management Gateway can be used to access SQL Server and Oracle. On-Premises • RDBMS Systems • LOB Systems • DW Systems • Small databases (Excel, Access) In the Cloud • Azure SQL Database • Amazon AWS data store • Public data • Vendors Power BI Data Connectivity
  24. 24. Power BI Data Connectivity Access to Data Anywhere • On-Premises sources via Data Management Gateway • Cloud sources via Excel Power Query
  25. 25. SQL Server 2014: What’s New? Enhancements to the Database Engine: • In-Memory OLTP (AKA “Hekaton” or Memory-Optimized Tables) • Improved In-Memory Columnstore Indexes • Even deeper Azure integration Enhancements to the Analysis Services and BI: • Power View for dimensional models • Chrome browser support for reporting services SQL Server 2014
  26. 26. SQL Server 2014: “What’s In It For Me?” Dramatic query performance boosts (e.g. 30x faster OLTP, 100x faster star schema) with In-Memory DB options Improved integration with cloud for backup, hot failover, DR, or even primary data storage (Azure-synced files, Hybrid Cloud architectures) SQL Server 2014
  27. 27. SQL Server 2014 Transformational performance: - Up to 30x OLTP performance gains - Up to 100x faster start join queries - Up to 90% disk space savings New features: - In-Memory OLTP (Memory-Optimized Tables) - Updateable In-Memory columnstore Low Barriers to Adoption: - Minimal app rewrite - Integrated into core DB engine - Maximizes existing hardware In-Memory Database Technology • If you know SQL, you can use In-Memory technology – No new APIs – Don’t rewrite existing apps! • Part of Core SQL Server – Does not restrict other features – Not a separate license – included in all editions • Can run in concert with traditional disk-based tables – Will even tell you which tables should reside in memory! • Designed for speed – Locks and latches removed, but durability ensured – Harness all your CPU/Core capacity!
  28. 28. SQL Server 2014 High-efficiency, high- value: - Enhance on-premises installations with cloud capabilities - Pay-per-use scalability - Simple offsite DR New features: - SQL Server Backup to URL/Azure - Add Azure Replica Wizard - SQL Server Data Files in Azure Flexible cloud solution: - Move entire servers to the cloud, or just particular functionality - Easily expand resources as you grow Microsoft Azure Integration • Hybrid cloud architecture support – Blending on-premises and cloud technologies • Scenarios: – Business continuity • Cloud backup and restore • Disaster recovery and/or transparent/Hot failover – Archive data files to the cloud – Development or QA environment • Azure features: – Azure storage and Azure virtual machines – Low-cost, virtually limitless storage and compute capacity
  29. 29. Microsoft Azure Speaking of
  30. 30. Microsoft Azure Azure Virtual Machines Only path to fully-functional SQL Server BI in the cloud Integrate into existing AD network/domain Pre-built VM images provided by Microsoft – including a SQL 2014 Data Warehousing server Speaking of
  31. 31. Microsoft Azure Azure Virtual Machines Only path to fully-functional SQL Server BI in the cloud Integrate into existing AD network/domain Pre-built VM images provided by Microsoft – including a SQL 2014 Data Warehousing server Big Data with HDInsight Wraps an Apache Hadoop implementation Uses Azure Tables for storage Excellent option for integrating Big Data into existing applications, BI solutions, reporting environments Speaking of
  32. 32. Cloud BI BI in the Cloud with Azure and SQL Server 2014: What do I need? • Azure Virtual Machine – With Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2014 Data Warehousing edition licenses • Azure HDInsight cluster and Azure Storage – Supports Hadoop Big Data
  33. 33. Cloud BI … and for Power BI in the Cloud with Office365: • Office 365 SharePoint Online – with Power BI for Office 365 app Office 365 Excel * Not an “officially” Microsoft-supported configuration
  34. 34. Cloud BI SQL Server Cloud BI Advice • Use an A7 VM for SQL Server 2014 • Use a point-to-site or a site-to-site VPN connection for efficient data transfer • Use page compression for your data • Use one file per filegroup to prevent multilevel striping (negatively affects throughput) • Set up the Power BI data source from the Azure VM itself
  35. 35. Questions?
  36. 36. Connect with Perficient
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