Business Intelligence Enhanced with Microsoft SQL Server
During these challenging economic conditions, and today’s unprecedented data explosion, organisations need to efficiently store, manage and unlock breakthrough insights within their data and across Big Data. The efficiency of your business’ processes is vital therefore companies must be in a position to quickly analyse and react to new opportunities and threats that arise. Companies today have large databases with huge amounts of data, hence why having business critical intelligence (customer profiling, market research, market segmentation, product profitability, statistical analysis, and inventory and distribution analysis) at the touch of a button is essential to ensure your organisations’ success.
Business Intelligence (BI) play a key role in the strategic planning process of an organisation allowing a company to gather, store, access and analyse corporate data to aid in decision-making. The SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition delivers comprehensive high-end data centre capabilities for demanding database and business intelligence requirements.
There are many new features within the SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition, ranging from Big Data Support to Always On Availability. For an overview of all the new features, click here to view our article titled ‘SQL Server 2012 – Overview of its new Features and Functionality’.
In the latest release of SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition, there is no shortage of BI enhancements. SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition delivers the necessary capabilities to support scalable data warehousing, data cleansing and management and rapid data exploration and visualisation for end users. Enterprise includes all the BI functionality included in SQL Server 2012 Business Intelligence edition.
These features include:
New insight can be identified at the speed of thought with Power View, a highly interactive, familiar browser-based data exploration, visualisation, and presentation experience for users of all levels. Additionally, PowerPivot helps empower users to access and analyse data from virtually any source using familiar tools (Microsoft Office, Excel).
Balance the need to monitor, manage, and administer the data and analytics with IT dashboard controls using SQL Server and Microsoft SharePoint. This helps IT monitor end user activity, data source usage, and gather performance metrics from servers. New to SQL Server 2012, IT can also transform end user-created BI applications in PowerPivot into corporate-grade solutions managed by IT.
With SQL Server 2012, IT can better control and manage data through a new BI Semantic Model and enhancements to SQL Server Integration Services. Furthermore, the new Data Quality Services function (only supported in the Enterprise edition and the Business Intelligence edition) uses organisational knowledge and 3rd party reference data providers to reliably cleanse data and a new Master Data Services Add-in for Excel makes it easier for end users to manage and maintain central data.
SQL Server 2012 supports structured data on scalable relational database and datawarehouse offerings, and via big data connectors, supports unstructured data on an enterprise-ready Hadoop distribution. Meanwhile data warehouse reference architectures and appliances can offer massive scale at low cost and help speed time to solution.
Using these features, as well as the additional features SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition has to offer, an organisation’s business intelligence is significantly enriched. Companies can gain vital information and analyse data in real time in order to identify new opportunities within unforeseen trends. With a higher standard of decision making within a company, production and time costs can be highlighted and reduced; and scenario planning can enhance an organisations chance of success.