Yesterday, we talked about the bundled and rebranded suite of Power BI Office 365 and Excel 2013 tools that was announced at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2013. This suite provides self-service Business Intelligence in the Enterprise. Today, we’ll discuss some of the new features that further simplify self-service Data Mining.
The most exciting new Power BI feature is the new Q&A query functionality, which enables natural language processing. Any non-technical, non-power user can ask simple questions and get immediate results in the form of easy-to-understand charts or graphs. Non-technical users don’t have to learn structured SQL (T-SQL), chase down an analyst or data scientist, or even require knowledge of the great new Power BI tools, Power Query or Power Pivot to get their results. They can simply ask, “What was my sales volume this year?” or, “How did my sales do last quarter?” A table or chart pops up showing the data they need to see to get their questions answered.
Mobile is all the RAGE!! Another new Power BI feature that we’re really excited about is the Connected (Mobile) BI experience. Until now, Power View created very dynamic and rich visualizations using Silverlight, which was only available on Intel-based Windows and Mac OS platforms. With Power BI on Office 365 and SharePoint, Power View now renders charts, graphs and visualizations with HTML5. That means where ever you go, as long as you have a smartphone, tablet or any of the variety of other mobile devices, you can get to your enterprise KPIs. On vacation in Maui without your laptop? Not a problem with Power BI!
And last, but not least, featuring Business Intelligence in the cloud! Power BI Sites is a new Business Intelligence collaboration platform in the cloud, which utilizes Office 365 and SharePoint. With Power BI Sites, you’ll get workspaces in Office 365 that enable sharing and collaboration of data and insights with your customers, colleagues and employees. Easily keep your team up to date with the latest charts and graphs as data refreshes from multiple data sources.
To learn more about Power BI for Office 365, register for the preview at Microsoft: http://www.office.com/powerbi