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Microsoft BI Valuable Features

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MSBI Technical Lead at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* It's a user-friendly tool * Very stable * It always helps us to achieve organizational goals view full review »
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Business Intelligence Analyst & Developer at a engineering company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Since its integration into SQL Server 2005, Microsoft has made a number of improvements and added many new features. It had a big overhaul in 2008 and acquired a bunch of new features with 2008 R2: KPIs, maps, sparklines, new functions, published Report Parts, and more. Let me highlight some of the advanced features that keep people on the platform: * Drill-through reports. These are ones where links in the data presented take a report viewer to related reports. Information Builders is another BI platform where this is available, but not as customizable as in SSRS. * Highly customizable charts. The data-driven custom colors. The fact that almost every attribute of a component of a chart can be tweaked. Try doing some of those customizations on your flashy new cloud BI platform. Reports within reports. Sub-reports within tables of data and sophisticated charts within tables within sub-reports within reports. Go as deep as you want. See as much detail as you want. * User-accessible parameters. Reports can offer report users parameters like no other platform. This makes linking to and from reports easy and allows you to integrate SSRS reports into other business applications. Try sending parameters to an Excel spreadsheet, a Power View report, or a cloud-based dashboard – impossible. * Extensible. Programmers can extend the tool’s functionality. Custom data sources can be coded. Custom delivery extensions can be built. External DLLs can be referenced from within reports. Many companies do take advantage of these features. view full review »
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Web Developer at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The ease of implementation and reliability of SQL Server Reporting Services far exceeded the solution originally implemented with Crystal Report ( ). The Crystal Report Servers (3 of them) were crashing on a weekly basis at one of the companies where I worked. view full review »
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Founder at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Microsoft SQL Server Report Publisher Microsoft SQL Server Report Builder Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (Web Portal) SQL Server 2016 delivers built-in mobile BI capabilities. The above tools give professionals the ability to deliver business insights quickly and easily as well as enabling a quick way of presenting the data/charts/reports over a web portal. The portal is compatible for cross platform, from desktops to major mobile devices. Overall a great way of delivering your insights to your data. view full review »
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Senior Consultant | Architect at DHL
Firstly there was the wow effect, as when I saw the number of connectors which were made for this product/service. It is quite fantastic to have the ability to connect separate services like CRM, NAV, Facebook, Exchange etc. and make data integration and transformation based on these data connections in a few clicks. Also, the ability to download new visuals is quite nice. The effect of new graphics for higher management is magical and this is the good way not only for a pre-sale/sale or up-sale, but also for good impressions. Another great feature is, for example, the collecting of data in concrete folder on disk. If there is, for example, 100 csv files from other information systems, these should be automatically merged, analyzed and transformed into great graphical report. view full review »

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