Thursday, March 14, 2013

BI Solution Builder

Recently, Microsoft released the BI Solution Builder (, an online tool that you can use to find out what business intelligence capabilities are available to you based on what your organization currently owns. It's quick and easy to use, and it can help you put your BI environment to work in short order.

For example, if your organization is using SharePoint Server 2013 together with Office, the tool can point you to what BI capabilities are available, as shown in Figure 1. You can also preview additional BI capabilities with other Microsoft products that you might not own yet (also shown in Figure 1).

Matrix that shows available capabilities based on products owned

Figure 1. Interactive matrix showing available and desired capabilities

You specify what you own and what you want to do, and the tool takes it from there. At a glance, you can see what’s available, what’s possible, and where to go to learn more. The BI Solution Builder provides you with an easy-to-use report that contains links to additional resources and information, as shown in Figure 2.

Report listing products, capabilities, and links to additional information
Figure 2. Example of a BI Solution Builder report

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