Power BI for Office 365 Preview – New Natural Language Search, Mapping Capabilities

Today we’re pleased to announce the addition of significant new features to the Power BI for Office 365 preview, including natural language search with Q&A and improved experiences in two preview add-ins for Excel with 3D mapping visualizations through Power Map and improved data search in Power Query. MORE… Read more

Power BI for Office 365 Revealed

Today, we are pleased to announce a new offering that builds on our self-service BI story — Power BI for Office 365. Unveiled this morning by Satya Nadella, President of the Server and Tools Business, during his keynote at our annual Worldwide Partner Conference, Power BI for Office 365 is a complete Self-service BI solution… Read more

Discover Insight Nuggets by Digging in Big Data

We’ve all heard about “Big Data” by now but what does it really mean? Big Data is the term used to describe the process of applying serious computing power and the latest in machine learning and artificial intelligence, to massive and often highly complex sets of information.  MORE… Read more

Getting Public Data with Data Explorer

Today, the Business Intelligence blog continues their From Data to Insight & Impact blog and video series from Microsoft Finance Director Marc Reguera.  The inspiration for this demonstration stems from Marc’s diverse travels and his desire to better understand the crime rate of cities throughout the United States. Sound interesting?  See the full blog post… Read more

Store and Access Roaming Data in the Cloud using Windows Azure Mobile Services

Let’s say you want to create a sticky note app that lets you add a sticky note on your Windows 8 desktop computer. Then this sticky note is sent to a live tile on your Windows 8 phone and your Windows Surface, so you simply can’t forget or ignore it! Windows Azure Mobile Services helps… Read more

PASS Business Analytics Conference, The Art of Analytics

For the latest and greatest on business intelligence and business analytics, look no further than the PASS Business Analytics Conference, which kicks off today in Chicago. At a time when data is increasingly at the forefront of the industry conversation, this event offers an opportunity to go deep and take a look at how business… Read more

Watch the 2013 CIO Summit From Your Desk – Register now for this free webcast

Microsoft’s 2013 Spring CIO Summit takes place April 9-10 and will host more than 200 CIOs from companies across the US. Registration for the in-person CIO Summit is at capacity, but that doesn’t mean any of Microsoft’s customers have to miss out. This year the virtual CIO Summit is a complete hybrid experience, with live… Read more

An Overview of Data Explorer Online Search

Working with data to gain new insights not only involves dealing with the data that you already have but also being able to find additional data to complement your analysis. In many cases, this additional data is publicly available to everyone but it has been traditionally difficult to find and to leverage in your analysis…. Read more

Visualizing Big Data with Azure HDInsight and Data Explorer

With the recent announcement about Azure HDInsight, now is a good time to look at how one might use Data Explorer to connect to data sitting in Windows Azure HDInsight. As you might be aware, HDInsight is Microsoft’s own offering of Hadoop as a service. In this example, we are going to look at how… Read more