Microsoft Intros Power BI for Office 365
At the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft announced new self-service business intelligence tools – Power BI for Office 365.HOUSTON—Microsoft has announced new business intelligence functionality in the form of Power BI for Office 365, a new self-service BI offering delivered through Excel and Office 365. At the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) 2013 here, Satya Nadella, president of the Server and Tools Business at Microsoft, announced the new offering that builds on Microsoft’s cloud-first data platform. Power BI for Office 365 provides information workers with data analysis and visualization capabilities to identify deeper business insights from their on-premises and cloud data. “Power BI for Office 365 brings self-service BI solutions to everyday business users through the familiar tool they already use—Excel,” said Eron Kelly, general manager of SQL Server at Microsoft, in a blog post. “By betting on Excel, we can bring the power of big data insights to the people who are closest to the business—not a specialist with an expensive, specialized tool—but everyone in the organization can find deeper insights that will help them make better decisions. By delivering this service from Office 365, we can reach thousands of organizations who already trust Microsoft as a cloud service provider—one in four of our enterprise customers now has Office 365—with a cloud service that deploys in minute.” The public preview of Power BI for Office 365 will be available this summer. Users can sign up now at www.office.com/powerbi to be notified when the preview is available.
Businesses today are feeling the impact of some important trends that are converging in the enterprise: the growth of cloud services, a marked increase in data volume and processing needs, and employee demand for more simplified, intuitive connections with that data, Kelly said. “In response to these trends, we’ve created Power BI for Office 365, a solution which dramatically reduces the barriers for businesses of all sizes to use and deploy self-service BI tools.”