So the Worldwide Partner Conference is going on in Houston at the moment and as much as I would love to be there, unfortunately projects here in London have to continue. Still early starts and watching the world go by in Pret (coffee shop for those outside of the UK) is always interesting before the hub-bub of the day starts.
Now many of the projects I work on consider Office 365 as a platform, however the more enterprise you go, the more the requirements tend to need some level of business intelligence. I was excited before with the release of SQL Reporting Services Online, however as functional as it is, limitations and costs current pose this solution to be only for the fully cloud invested.
My new hopes for BI in the cloud however seem to be starting to be answered in the form of Power BI for Office 365.
Using the capabilities already available on premise (Data Explorer, GeoFlow, Power Pivot and Power View) with tweaking, some re-branding and a little bit of mobile love (mobile apps to be available also (Windows 8, RT and iPad, HTML5) it looks like we may have an answer.
This to my mind almost completes the Office 365 capabilities to truly propel the cloud for use in the projects I get involved in. (Project Management, Business Intelligence, Intranets, ECM solutions).
I urge you all to read up on the following and register for the preview coming “later this summer”. I have a feeling this is going to be major!
- Main Announcement Blog: http://blogs.office.com/b/office-news/archive/2013/07/08/announcing-power-bi-for-office-365.aspx
- What powers Power BI in Office 365 (O365 Blog): http://blogs.office.com/b/office365tech/archive/2013/07/07/what-powers-power-bi-in-office-365.aspx
- Introducing Power BI (SQL Server Blog): http://blogs.technet.com/b/dataplatforminsider/archive/2013/07/08/introducing-power-bi-for-office-365.aspx
- Register your interest here: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel/power-bi-FX104080667.aspx
- Download the preview add-ins for Excel here: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel/power-bi-download-add-in-FX104087144.aspx
- Tutorial: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powerbi/archive/2013/07/07/getting-started-with-pq-and-pm.aspx
As I try things out, I will post my findings and any limitations I come across, but hopefully with the new OData / REST capabilities of Excel and SSRS, we should be able to have some fun with SharePoint list data!
Transitioning from #SP2013 to #PS2013 for Enterprise Project Management #SPSUK #MSProject #SharePoint
Just a quick note to say that I will be presenting at SharePoint Saturday UK on December 8th 2012 on:
Project Site to Project Management
Transitioning from SharePoint to Project Server for Enterprise Project Management
After attending this session you will understand the different tools for Project Management offered with SharePoint and Project Server, including the advantages / disadvantages of each method.
In addition you will also takeaway:
- A high level understanding of how SharePoint / Project Server work together
- The benefits of enterprise project management
- Project management maturity expectations as solutions become more complex
- What’s Project Server / Project Online
- Understanding Project Maturity
- Supporting Tools
- Transition – Simple to Complex
- Decisions – Where to start?
Where, When, How?
- Conference: SharePoint Saturday UK 2012
- Location: Nottingham
- Date: Saturday, 8 December 2012
- Conference Times: 09:00 to 17:00 (GMT)
- Presentation Time: 13:30 to 14:30
- Presenter: Giles Hamson
- Full Address:
East Midlands Conference Centre
NG7 2RJ Nottingham
If you see me during the day, say hello and I hope you all enjoy the conference.
This was done on a SharePoint Online site.
This was done using a SharePoint Online site.
The following video demonstrates how to add streaming video to a SharePoint Online private site collection.
Please note: this will not work on a SharePoint Online public website