Microsoft business intelligence (BI) expands the reach of your investments in the Microsoft productivity platform, data infrastructure, and collaboration tools you already own. Our solution delivers business intelligence by integrating the strengths of these products on a single platform to empower informed business decisions. We offer a full range of business intelligence solutions that work together to form a comprehensive, end-to-end solution with the scalability and vision to help drive your business forward.
Business intelligence enables you to store data that represents your organization's key business processes, to organize that data in a useful manner, and to present that data as meaningful information. Knowledge workers can then act on that information to increase productivity and to provide feedback that improves underlying business processes.
Microsoft Excel 2010, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 PowerPivot for Microsoft Excel 2010, and Excel Services in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 enable information workers (IWs) to collect, produce, analyze, and share business intelligence (BI) data. These self-service BI tools provide IWs with methods to compare and analyze BI data without relying on their IT departments.
By using Excel 2010 and PowerPivot for Excel, the IW can connect to and import data from multiple back-end sources such as SQL Server 2008 R2, SQL Server Analysis Services, and SQL Server Reporting Services. Many line-of-business (LOB) data sources such as IBM, Oracle, and SAP systems can also be mined by using these self-service BI tools. After connecting to the data source, the IW can collect this data in an Excel workbook and then produce reports. By using Excel Services, the IW can publish these reports in the organization and share the BI data in the reports with associates and customers.
Changes in Excel 2010
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What’s New (SQL Server 2008 R2)
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Welcome to PowerPivot
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What’s New (Analysis Services – Data Mining)
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