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  • “Balanced Approach” – We focus on Strategy as well as Tactical implementations.
  • “Balanced Approach” – We focus on Strategy as well as Tactical implementations.
  • “Balanced Approach” – We focus on Strategy as well as Tactical implementations.
  • “Balanced Approach” – We focus on Strategy as well as Tactical implementations.
  • “Balanced Approach” – We focus on Strategy as well as Tactical implementations.
  • “Balanced Approach” – We focus on Strategy as well as Tactical implementations.
  • “Balanced Approach” – We focus on Strategy as well as Tactical implementations.
  • “Balanced Approach” – We focus on Strategy as well as Tactical implementations.
  • “Balanced Approach” – We focus on Strategy as well as Tactical implementations.
  • “Balanced Approach” – We focus on Strategy as well as Tactical implementations.
  • “Balanced Approach” – We focus on Strategy as well as Tactical implementations.
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  • “Balanced Approach” – We focus on Strategy as well as Tactical implementations.
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  • 1. Microsoft Cloud BI with Windows Azure: What’s Possible? September 11, 2013
  • 2. 2 Andy Tegethoff Andy is a Microsoft BI architect at Perficient and a senior-level consultant with more than 12 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 2008 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
  • 3. • Cloud Computing • Cloud BI • Microsoft Cloud BI overview • Q&A Agenda
  • 4. Cloud Computing Why move to the Cloud? • Reduced organizational IT costs • Built-in scalability and reliability • High availability • Maximum “futureproofing” This applies to Business Intelligence solutions, too. • Addresses several key concerns in DW/BI planning/development • Reduces significant hardware costs and associated planning effort • Potentially shortens implementation time
  • 5. Cloud Computing Common Cloud Service Models • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) • Platform as a Service (PaaS) • Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • 6. Cloud BI Business Intelligence in the Cloud • The principles of Cloud Computing applied to BI solutions • Offers benefits of scalability, stability, reduced cost – drastically reducing hardware concerns and overhead • Need to be aware of some “gotchas” (i.e. data loading complications, data size boundaries, associated costs)
  • 7. Cloud BI Business Intelligence in the Cloud Public Cloud Delivery Options PaaS BI development platforms/ packages IaaS Hosted virtual DB servers PaaS “Build Your Own” platforms SaaS “BI as a Service” apps • Deploy your own solution in the cloud • Low upfront costs (licensing of VM software, etc.) • No cloud-based horizontal scaling; must be done in application and DB architecture • Cloud-based platform services • Low cost, pay-per-use • Allows/requires custom development to some extent • Prepackaged BI solutions • “Easy” management and implementation • No design flexibility; custom apps are off the table
  • 8. Cloud BI Business Intelligence in the Cloud Other Delivery Options PaaS BI development platforms/ packages Private Cloud Hybrid Cloud • Offers the most control, but also greater cost • Design your own solution, manage your own cloud • An option if your organization already owns and maintains a private cloud • Public/Private cloud combination • Leverage the public cloud for “spikes” in either availability or processing • More complicated solution to accomplish load balancing
  • 9. Cloud BI with Windows Azure Azure Data and Analytics • Advanced toolset; thought leadership in cloud • Also in the marketplace… – “BYOLicense” Cognos in Amazon EC2 VM – SAP BI OnDemand; file-based reporting with no Data Warehouse • Azure PaaS offerings are fully (public) cloud-based – Azure SQL Database/Reporting – “SQL Server + SSRS in the Cloud” – HDInsight – Big Data/Hadoop Cloud Service • IaaS offerings can be cloud-based or “hybrid” – Azure VM-based SQL Server 2012 and SharePoint servers – Source data either in the cloud or on-premises
  • 10. Azure Platform as a Service Azure SQL Database • “SQL Server in the cloud“ – Formerly known as SQL Azure – “Database as a Service” – all elements are cloud-based – Limitations around security and certain other functions • Only uses SQL Authorization; No SSAS, SSIS – Value-adds: • PaaS benefits (horizontal scalability, hardware cost savings) • Connectivity with on-premise SQL Server Azure SQL Reporting • “SQL Server Reporting Services in the cloud” – SSRS-style reporting against Azure SQL Database(s) • Limitations: Only uses SQL Database authorization; SQL Database the only source
  • 11. Azure Platform as a Service HDInsight • Azure’s Big Data option - currently in Preview • Wraps an Apache Hadoop implementation • Uses Azure Tables for storage (NoSql storage option) • Excellent option for integrating Big Data into existing applications, BI solutions, reporting environments How does it work? – Get an Azure Storage account and set up an HDInsight cluster (account cost relates directly to size of cluster) – Upload data using native JavaScript, Hadoop command line, Sqoop connection from SQL Server/Azure SQL Database, or a raft of 3rd party tools – Connect and analyze data using SQL Server and/or Excel via ODBC, an Integrated application(s) via Hadoop.NET, or Azure SQL Database/SQL Reporting via Sqoop.
  • 12. Azure Infrastructure as a Service SQL Server 2012 BI in the Cloud • Azure VM – Only path to fully-functional SQL Server BI in the cloud • Only way to run Analysis Services or set up SharePoint integrated SSRS in Azure – Link to existing AD network, plus enable virtual network – SharePoint • Full-featured edition needed? Run in VM! • Certain editions of SharePoint and Office 365/SharePoint online offer BI functionality • Two Options for implementation – Build VM offline, upload VHD to Azure – Build VM directly in Azure, provision/install/configure VHD in cloud • Pre-built VMs provided by Microsoft – including a BI server
  • 13. Cloud Front-End Office 365 and SharePoint Online • Cloud-based offering of Office applications including Excel and SharePoint • Can provide front-end for Microsoft BI (cloud-based or on-premise*) • BUT some versions provide BI functionality, some do not! – SharePoint/Excel BI features not available with O365D (private-cloud) edition – The O365 E3/A3/G3 plans and SharePoint Online Plan 2 include BI components – Note that PerformancePoint Services, which is used for dashboards and scorecards, is not available in any edition
  • 14. Cloud Front-End Power BI • Brand new cloud-based self-service BI offering • Suite of powerful self-service BI apps via a familiar interface: Excel • Initial offering for SharePoint Online/Office 365 only – Dedicated mobile/Windows 8 app (to be available across Windows ecosystem) – Supports Windows 7 and Mac users via browser • Visualizations rendered using HTML 5 – Standard browser compatibility for internet, mobile, tablet, etc. – Mobile Microsoft BI!
  • 15. Power BI Components Power Pivot • Tool for creating and customizing flexible data models within Excel Power View • Tool for creating interactive charts, graphs and other visual representations of data
  • 16. Power BI Components Power Map • Formerly known as “GeoFlow“ • 3D data visualization tool for mapping, exploring and interacting with geographic and temporal data
  • 17. Power BI Components Power Query • Formerly known as "Data Explorer“ • Easily search and access public and organization data within Excel • Perform basic transformations to join data to your PowerPivot model(s)
  • 18. Power BI Components Power BI Sites • SharePoint Online sharing of Power BI content via new site type • Reports can be set to refresh data on schedule or on-demand • Power BI sites can be browsed from mobile device or desktop/laptop • Add reports to mobile favorites to view on tablet or smartphone
  • 19. Summary With Azure, SQL Server 2012, and Office 365 you can: • Implement PaaS or IaaS solutions in the cloud • Run a full-fledged SQL Server BI Solution via Azure VMs • Host Big Data in the cloud and integrate it into existing on-premise solutions via HDInsight • Build great BI visualizations in the cloud with a familiar Excel interface – and even show them for mobile users! But keep an eye on: • Security concerns • Maintenance needs • Licensing • Integration between on-premises and other Microsoft cloud offerings
  • 20. 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
  • 21. • Founded in 1997 • Public, NASDAQ: PRFT • 2012 revenue of $327 million • Major market locations throughout North America • Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Fairfax, Houston, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Northern California, Philadelphia, Southern California, St. Louis and Toronto • Global delivery centers in China, Europe and India • ~2,000 colleagues • Dedicated solution practices • ~85% repeat business rate • Alliance partnerships with major technology vendors • Multiple vendor/industry technology and growth awards Perficient Profile
  • 22. 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
  • 23. Our Microsoft Practice
  • 24. 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
  • 25. Customized Microsoft Training for IT Pros & End Users bit.ly/1cy8WV5 10.15 Agile BI: How to Deliver More Value in Less Time bit.ly/17lsd7H Connect with Perficient