Introduction to Visualization Tools and
Microsoft Power BI
Goal : Scalable and Efficient
Create a user friendly data platform strategy which
Supports data volumes beyond the current Excel limits.
Supports automated web-based reporting delivery .
Provides an operational framework which increases efficiency.
This promotes standardisation and empowers A&I to continue
producing brilliant data work for clients
Excel 2013 Power BI Omniscope Tableau Qlikview
What Platforms will we use to do what
in the future
report in XL,
sets (up to
to 1BN cells /
Omniscope Tableau +
A little bit more about each technology
Omniscope is the dashboarding technology we have been using the most widely across MEC these
last 4 years. It is an off the shelf application from Visokio. It allows to combine and clean data
(Data Manager) as well as visualise the data. A great product we will carry on using for small
scale implementations. For more info visit the Omniscope group on Planet MEC.
PowerPivot is a free add-on to Excel 2010, providing an in-memory data engine capable of
handling data volumes orders of magnitude larger than Excel alone. Data from the PowerPivot
engine can be used in Excel reports via a pivot-like interface, and it provides the capability to
seamlessly connect to a wide range of data sources including Datamart, SQL Server and many
more. For more information visit http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/bi/powerpivot.aspx
Tableau is a hybrid in-memory/on-disk dashboarding technology designed to provide a fast web-based
user experience with support for much larger data volumes than Omniscope. Tableau
consists of two core components: a desktop-based dashboard design tool and a server-based
publishing and hosting engine. Tableau also provides a free visualisation tool (Tableau public)
which is fully functional but limited to small datasets. GroupM currently provides a centralised
Tableau Server which we will use initially. For more information visit
Qlikview is an in-memory dashboarding technology designed to provide a rich, flexible dashboard
experience via a web interface. Unlike Tableau, Qlikview does not consist of separate design
and hosting components, but requires a skilled Qlikview developer to implement effectively. It
supports the largest data volume of all the visualisation platforms we support, but at a
significantly higher licence cost than Tableau or Omniscope. For more information visit
MSFT Visualization and Reporting Tools
How is an organization Positioned :
With using present structure of
tools available like Office 2013
professional pro versions(Some
users already have office 2013
professional pro) and Add- in’s like
power pivot and power query in
Collaboration with Sharepoint
2010/2013 . MECGlobal provide
easy-to-use information directly
where individuals work,
collaborate, and make decisions.
This capability includes reporting,
analysis, and performance
management technologies that can
improve business insight
MECGlobal BI Solution with MSFT Tools
Points to consider on how has Implementation of Power View and Excel services will
• Power Pivot empowers users of all levels to
access and mash up data from virtually any
source. Users can create their own compelling
reports and analytical applications, easily share
insights, and collaborate with colleagues through
Microsoft Excel and SharePoint.
• Power View, provides SharePoint users with highly
interactive, browser-based data exploration,
visualization, and presentation capabilities. No
dependency of the version of Office if power
maps not used.
• Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 provides a full
set of rich dashboard and scorecard capabilities
including advanced filtering, guided navigation,
interactive analytics and visualizations.
• Browser-based mobile access to your corporate BI
content is provided through Microsoft SharePoint
Server 2010. Users can navigate existing reports,
dashboards, scorecards, and analytical
applications across iOS, Android, and Windows
Microsoft Power BI
plus CALs for both
Server 2013 plus
CALs for internal
• Extranet Scenario licensed through Sharepoint Server. No CALs required for
external users, internal users need CALs
• Internet Sites Scenario licensed through Sharepoint Server
• External users means users that are not either your or your affiliates’
employees or your or your affiliates’ onsite contractors or onsite agents.
What you need to get Started
Testing and Validation
•Excel Data Visualization. Even if users will be developing their own
independent Excel & Power View reports from your data model, they
may find an Excel worksheet of data visualization to be very helpful
to get started reporting on the underlying data model.
•Excel Testing. Test the data model using Excel as the reporting tool.
Because the data model and Excel data visualization are linked
together via the Excel file, it’s very easy to iteratively go back and
forth between windows to finalize the data model.
•Power View Testing. Test the data model using Power View as the
reporting tool (if you have SharePoint 2010/2013 and Power View
available in your environment, or a business edition of Excel 2013).
Data discovery, data transformation and enrichment for the desktop to
the Sharepoint. Easily discover, combine, and refine data for better
analysis in Excel.
Import Data from
Shape data from Multiple
Filter, Sort and Group Data
Share and Manage Queries
Power Pivot is a powerful data mashup and data exploration tool based
on in-memory technologies providing unmatched analytical
performance to process billions of rows at the speed of thought.
1. Work With Very Large Data Sets.
2. Combine Data From Different
3. Create Visually Appealing Analytical
Models for Reporting
4. Use DAX to Create Calculated Fields
for Slicing and Dicing Data
5. Publish Reports to SharePoint 2010
6. PowerPivot needs an external data
source, so isn’t a direct substitute
for Access. It can, however, *use*
Access as a data source.
7. PowerPivot is designed to work with
data from multiple sources
Power View is a new tool for ad hoc reporting which provides an interactive data exploration,
visualization, and presentation experience to the business users. Business users can quickly and easily
create and interact with different views of data from different angles. Power View reports can be based
on data models on PowerPivot workbooks or tabular models or multi dimensional models
Multiple Views in a Single
Slicers Cross Filter Other Report
Power Map with Excel
• Power Map. Power Map, previously known by the development name GeoFlow, is
an add-in to Excel 2013 that provides still more compelling Bing Map powered
visualizations, extending Power View’s capabilities with 3D map visualizations.
Collaborate and stay connected with Sharepoint 2013
Benefit of using a Power BI site to store and share your workbooks is that
workbooks on Power BI sites can be up to 500 megabytes
Works on any Windows Tablet
• Mobile BI Viewer. Microsoft has a native mobile viewing applications for visualizations
created in Power View and published to Power BI sites called “ Microsoft Power BI”. The
mobile components will meet the growing requirement to deliver BI visualizations to
Ideal Power BI Scenario
1 Create a Power Pivot Model
Publish Power Pivot Model to Sharepoint
Analyse the model
using Power view
Easy to Share 4