Business Intelligence in Microsoft SharePoint 2013

Business Intelligence in Microsoft SharePoint 2013

Business Intelligence in Microsoft SharePoint 2013

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Dive into the business intelligence features in SharePoint 2013—and use the right combination of tools to deliver compelling solutions.

Take control of business intelligence (BI) with the tools offered by SharePoint 2013 and Microsoft SQL Server 2012. Led by a group of BI and SharePoint experts, you’ll get step-by-step instructions for understanding how to use these technologies best in specific BI scenarios—whether you’re a SharePoint administrator, SQL Server developer, or business analyst.

Discover how to:

  • Manage the entire BI lifecycle, from determining key performance indicators to building dashboards
  • Use web-based Microsoft Excel services and publish workbooks on a SharePoint Server
  • Mash up data from multiple sources and create Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) using PowerPivot
  • Create data-driven diagrams that provide interactive processes and context with Microsoft Visio Services
  • Use dashboards, scorecards, reports, and key performance indicators to monitor and analyze your business
  • Use SharePoint to view BI reports side by side, no matter which tools were used to produced them

Q&A with Norman Warren, author of “Business Intelligence in Microsoft SharePoint 2013”

Q. Why is your book timely– what makes it important right now?

A. Our book can be considered a quick guide to getting value from Big Data. Why? Because much of the focus is on Excel and the business intelligence tools that are now baked into it. Additionally, there is content on how to connect to Hadoop data with Excel. There is no better time to embrace the fact that Excel is the preferred tool of choice for analyzing and exploring data. This book provides the keys for getting value from data and sharing discovered insights in SharePoint 2013.

The tools that Microsoft provides are less expensive, integrate more easily in the corporate datacenter, and are accessible to mainstream information workers and developers, using the skills they already have.

Q. What information do you hope that readers of your book will walk away with?

A. 1. A quick tour with exercises for using new BI features in Excel 203 and Visio 2013 and then how to get the most from SQL Server 2012 tabular and SharePoint 2013 when implementing self-service and enterprise BI solutions.

2. A clear understanding of what business intelligence is. Also, an understanding of what Big Data is, its role in surfacing insights, and how to use Microsoft BI tools to get value from it.

3. Useful instruction on which tool to use. Customers often ask which tools they should use when trying to select among a variety of Microsoft offerings. They’re often confused and need information as to why they might want to prefer SQL Server Reporting Services in SharePoint over PerformancePoint Services, or why they might use the Excel 2013 PowerPivot add-in instead of Excel or Excel Services. After all, each product connects to a database and surfaces data from an OLAP cube.

4. A better understanding on how to get to trusted data and the shortened life cycle of BI implementation while using the latest Microsoft BI tools.

Q. What’s the most exciting and/or important thing happening in your space?

A. Managed and guided self-service BI works. People don’t have to wait on IT to get a report. This book gives tips for successfully implementing self-service BI with tools like Excel 2013 and Visio 2013.

Big Data is here to stay and you can learn what it is and how to get value from the huge data store immediately by using tools discussed in this book.

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  1. 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Buy the Kindle Edition – I bought 20, August 3, 2013
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    Frank Bergdoll “LFD” (Calgary, Alberta Canada) –
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    This review is from: Business Intelligence in Microsoft SharePoint 2013 (Paperback)
    Using this as a reference text for a class in BI. The lab set-up in Appendix A was a challenge for the students, but I was able to build the VM environment with a little additional work and give it to them.

    Kindle Edition has screenshots in colour – which addresses the concern some reviewers have.

    The first two chapters are a bit basic – and benefit from being supplemented by additional resources (Kimball books).

    Students really enjoyed how this fit their program and synthesized several concepts in practical application.

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  2. 4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Another MS Press title rushed to press, June 17, 2013
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    Russell Ramirez “SharePoint architect” (Minneapolis, MN) –
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    This review is from: Business Intelligence in Microsoft SharePoint 2013 (Paperback)
    The first problem I had with this book was with the illustrations. Some of the screen captures are OK, but others look like they were printed in color, then scanned in B/W. Just to put what you will see into words, quite a few of the images look as if the image was printed on a laser printer that was low on toner.

    The book includes information on some very recently announced features such as native PowerView in Excel 2013. This is a good thing, but it also seems like another clue that the book was probably rushed to press.

    Lastly, there are step by step examples that are mostly correct, but there were probably last minute changes in the most recent code updates such as function shifted from just the SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) moniker, to include SSDT – Business Intelligence for VS 2012. A minor point that happens quite a bit with the first books to be released on a technology subject.

    I gave this book an OK rating because it could have, and should have, been better but think the fault rests with the publisher and not the authors.

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  3. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    As, August 7, 2014
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    D. Kittrell (Seattle, WA USA) –

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    As others have noted, various diagrams and illustrations are not well introduced in the hardcopy version (and I suspect the Kindle equivalents may be worse). However, I don’t find this a show-stopper: the book is a good, quick, introduction to designing and developing BI tools using the current SP 2013 release. If possible, find a paper copy and l

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