28 January, 2015
Microsoft Reveals Plan To Release New, Free Version Of Business Intelligence Service In U.S.
In a Microsoft blog yesterday the Redmond company revealed it’s planning to release a preview of its improved Power BI service, at first to U.S. customers, but the company says to global customers at a later date. Anyone with a business email address can access the cloud-based business analytics service and through any browser or a Power BI mobile app can keep track of business data via live operational dashboards.
The “business of business intelligence”, as Microsoft calls it, is a non-technical, easy to use tool that gives access to data that is both stored in the cloud and also locally. Microsoft says, “Connect to your data in minutes, with built-in connectors and pre-built dashboards and reports from a wide variety of sources including GitHub, Marketo, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Salesforce, SendGrid and Zendesk.” Connectors will also soon be available for Inkling Markets, Intuit, Microsoft Dynamics Marketing, Sage, Sumo Logic, Visual Studio Application Insights, Visual Studio Online. With the Power BI Designer reports can also be created using interactive charts, maps, graphs, and data transformations, which can be shaped, visualized and shared on devices running BI.