With the visual analytics and self-service BI world as competitive as it is, this is good news for anyone who has a strategy built on the Microsoft BI toolset.
Here are the highlights:
New version of PowerBI on the horizon.
Although this is relatively old news by now, It is still the biggest news in recent months.
Microsoft is working on a new version of the popular hosted BI platform, the new version finally has proper dash boarding capabilities- something that has been severely lacking in the product.
There is also new out-of-the-box data-sources which allows you to connect to your other hosted platforms without configuring much, these include Dynamics CRM, Salesforce , Zendesk etc.
The new version is currently in preview , but only if you have a US business account, they say that the preview will be rolled out worldwide soon.
Microsoft are also keeping the date of general availability very close to the chest - many feel it will only be in the second half of 2015.
PowerBI is now very, very cheap.
There will be 2 versions of the service - a bare bones version simply called Power BI. And the full version now dubbed Power BI Pro.
The humble Power BI version will now be FREE - That`s right, you are not hallucinating, I did say free. The Pro version is also now very affordable at $9.99 per user a month.
Find all the info on the new version and pricing here.
For a long time an automated update functionality was needed for powerpivot models and PowerQuery that live in Sharepoint (On-Prem or Online).
The guys from PowerPivotPro have come up with this nifty 3rd party tool that handles this - Power Update.
It will cost you $499 at the moment, but that seems a small price to pay for this much needed functionality.
Check the out the details below: