Gemini Introduction

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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

    1. 1. Gemini : Self-Service BI<br />Lynn Langit<br />http://blogs.msdn.com/SoCalDevGal<br />
    2. 2. What&apos;s in a name…<br />Gemini - Gemini (pronounced /ˈgɛmɪnaɪ/, Latin: twins, symbol ♊) is one of the constellations of the zodiac known as &quot;the twins&quot;<br />
    3. 3. The Corporate Twins<br />Business Users<br />IT<br />United in a common goal but separated by a chasm of clashing roles and responsibilities<br />
    4. 4. BI Spectrum<br />Empoweredand Managed<br />IT<br />Managed<br /> Secure<br /> Scalable<br /> Up to date<br /> Backed Up<br />Self Service<br />Easy to use<br />On and Offline<br />Collaborative<br />Data <br />Sources<br />Data <br />Marts<br />BI andLOB Apps<br />Portals and Dashboards<br />IT Involvement in BI<br />IT<br />Unmanaged<br />Spreadsheets and Desktop Apps<br />End User Context for BI<br />Personal(Empowered)<br />Organizational(Aligned)<br />Team(Connected)<br />4<br />
    5. 5. Personal, Team, Organizational BI<br />Data <br />Sources<br />Data <br />Marts<br />BI andLOB Apps<br />Portals and Dashboards<br />Spreadsheets and Desktop Apps<br />Empowered<br />Aligned<br />
    6. 6. The Challenge<br />Data warehouses do not cover all data or all users<br />New formal BI solutions need time and resources<br />Diverse users have diverse data needs<br />Bottleneck<br />Ad-hoc requests stress I.T. capacity<br />Power users bypass I.T. with unsanctioned sources<br />Chaos<br />
    7. 7. Reign in the &quot;Spreadmarts&quot;<br /><ul><li>Excel is the IW tool of choice
    8. 8. Excel is a problem - “unmanageable”
    9. 9. Excel is sticky – users “can’t quit it”
    10. 10. Why not make Excel part of the solution?
    11. 11. Include Excel as part of a complete BI solution
    12. 12. Structured and manageable
    13. 13. Give IT insight into its usage
    14. 14. Provide IT with the technology to
    15. 15. Have insight and management
    16. 16. Provide clear value
    17. 17. Without being a bottleneck
    18. 18. Enable managed Self-Service</li></li></ul><li>Gemini: Uniting the Twins<br />Re-draws the line between<br />I.T. and end-user roles<br />Empowered to create without IT dependence<br />Managingcompliance and<br /> resources without user obstruction<br />
    19. 19. A Technology driven approach<br />Adapt technology to the business user<br />Remove friction and barriers to entry<br />Transparent to the user<br />Familiar tools and skills – the cornerstone of Gemini<br />Nothing new to learn<br />Full potential of existing technology investments<br />Continue to work with familiar partners<br />Everyone Plays their position<br />Business Users don’t need to be technologists<br />IT doesn’t need to understand business trivia<br />
    20. 20. Gemini technologies<br />
    21. 21. Self-service personas<br />
    22. 22.
    23. 23.
    24. 24. Radically cheap memory<br />
    25. 25. Exponentially increasing cores<br />
    26. 26. Interactive and scalable<br />
    27. 27.
    28. 28. Managed collaboration for users<br />
    29. 29. Managed collaboration for I.T.<br />
    30. 30. SharePoint integration<br />Analyses are documents<br />Fully integrated with the SharePoint lifecycle<br />Analysis Services integration enables refresh<br />Excel Services integration enables publishing<br />ArchitecturalFramework<br />OtherServices<br />SharePoint<br />DocumentMetaphor<br />Administration<br />Collaboration<br />Search<br />Security<br />Usage<br />
    31. 31.
    32. 32.
    33. 33. Data should be official, accessible and easy to use<br />Users say …<br />
    34. 34. Data should be secure, reliable and low maintenance<br />I.T. says …<br />
    35. 35. Data publishing <br />should be as easy as <br />RSS or Atom<br />We say …<br />
    36. 36. Data feeds<br />Data service <br />REST/Atom<br />WCF service syndication feeds<br />Astoria<br />Data feed file<br />Atom service document (.atomsvc)<br />Opens in Gemini client to import data<br />Microsoft Internal Only<br />
    37. 37. Reports as Data Sources<br />Microsoft Internal Only<br />
    38. 38. Sharepoint lists as Data Sources<br />
    39. 39. Feeds are published in Sharepoint<br />Microsoft Internal Only<br />
    40. 40. Feed metadata is searchable<br />Microsoft Internal Only<br />
    41. 41. Ms and 3rd party apps can publish feeds<br />Microsoft Internal Only<br />
    42. 42. For More Information<br />CTP - http://blogs.msdn.com/mtc/archive/2009/08/10/sql-server-2008-r2-august-ctp-availability.aspx<br />http://blogs.msdn.com/gemini/<br />http://blogs.msdn.com/SoCalDevGal<br />

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