Microsoft BI Reporting Tools


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Excel, SSRS, Report Builder, PowerPivot, PerformancePoint, Power View. Which one should I use? I will discuss the pro's and con's of each and give demo's of all the tools so you know the best tool for each situation.

Given two types of underlying data sources (a data warehouse and a OLAP cube built from the data warehouse) there are many different possible presentation layers (client tools) that serve different user communities with varying usage profiles. There is a lot of confusion on what is the best tool to use. This presentation will hopefully clear up the confusion and give you some guidance on the best tool for each situation.

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  • Really this presentation helps to enrich my existing BI knowledge. Thanks for sharing
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  • Good summury, Thanks for sharing
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  • Glad you like it Mark! Great points you bring up. For the report matrix, I use that by interviewing the business users to determine their reporting needs and best tools to use. But I see your idea that I could use it to help guide the users to the proper tool. I will add that to my presentation.
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  • Nice, James, I really like it! MSFT BI users often ask for this kind of content because the different reporting tools all have different strengths and weaknesses and it helps to indicate which are appropriate for what activity.

    I also like the fact that you included Data Mining, which is often overlooked when talking about reporting in the MSFT BI stack. Especially with data scientists as a key IT role going forward, this is an important tool.

    BTW, I was wondering why the Report Matrix slide is empty at the end of your presentation. It would be interesting to see how you mapped the BI tools to each intersection.

    Thanks! Mark
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  • Microsoft BI Reporting Tools

    1. 1. James Serra – Data Warehouse/BI/MDM
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    3. 3. Agenda SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) Report Builder PowerPivot PerformancePoint Power View Data Mining SharePoint Dependencies Categories of Users BI Reporting Styles Tool Categories Report Matrix
    4. 4. SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)
    5. 5. SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)•••••
    6. 6. Report Builder
    7. 7. Report Builder••••••
    8. 8. PowerPivot
    9. 9. PowerPivot•••••••
    10. 10. PerformancePoint
    11. 11. PerformancePoint•••••
    12. 12. Power View
    13. 13. Power View••••••••
    14. 14. Data Mining
    15. 15. Data Mining••••
    16. 16. SharePoint Dependencies•••
    17. 17. SharePoint Dependencies - continued•••
    18. 18. Categories of Users• High-level, quick snapshot view• Scorecard, KPI’s• Desire to take action on problem areas• High collaboration to make decisions in teamsRecommend: PerformancePoint
    19. 19. Categories of Users - continued•••Recommend: PowerPivot or Power View
    20. 20. Categories of Users - continued••••Recommend:••
    21. 21. BI Reporting Styles•••••
    22. 22. BI Reporting Styles - other•••••
    23. 23. Users Information Access RequestedProfile Static Reports Dynamic Ad hoc Dashboards Data Mining and (Pre-canned) Reports Querying Statistical AnalysisExecutiveManagerAnalystOther
    24. 24. James
    25. 25. ••