During in Amsterdam, Microsoft announced a new capability coming to Microsoft Business Forward : the Power BI . Common Data Service for Analytics
The continued rise of data volumes is undeniable. global data creation will exceed 160 zettabytes by 2025, with more than 60 percent of this data being created by businesses. Yet tapping into and taking action from intelligence spanning all of the data – especially data locked in siloed business apps – can be challenging. IDC recently estimated
Traditionally architecting a solution to ingest, integrate and analyze all of the data from disparate services and apps would require access to a team of dedicated professionals with specialized skills.
Introducing CDS for Analytics
The CDS for Analytics capability will reduce the complexity of driving business analytics across data from business apps and other sources.
Common data schema. Built on the common data model, CDS for Analytics expands Power BI with the introduction of an extensible business application schema on which organizations can integrate data from multiple sources. Pre-built connectors for common data sources, including Dynamics 365, Salesforce and others from , will be available to help organizations access data from Microsoft and third parties. And organizations will be able to add their own data. Power BI’s extensive catalog
Accelerated access to insights. Equally, once the data is aggregated, the next step is transforming it into relevant insights and making those insights immediately available to help users take intelligent action. In addition to the data being accessible for self-service analytics in Power BI, customers will have the opportunity to purchase apps from Microsoft and partners built on Power BI with the new CDS for Analytics capability.
Microsoft’s first-party will deliver out-of-the-box insights tailored to specific line of business scenarios – across marketing, sales, service, finance, operations, talent. For example, Power BI for Sales Insights will address how to maximize sales productivity by providing insights into which opportunities are at risk and where salespeople could be spending their time more efficiently. Power BI Insights apps
Customize and extend your apps. Power BI apps built with the new capability will also be extensible to meet unique business requirements. Regardless of skillset – from self-service customizations in low code/no code experiences in Power BI, to the depth of the Azure platform with data services like and Azure Machine Learning – users will be able to custom tailor reports or build new ones uniquely relevant to their needs. Azure Databricks
A preview of the CDS for Analytics capability in Power BI, as well as previews of the first set of Power BI Insights apps – Power BI for Sales Insights and Power BI for Services Insights – will be available during the second quarter of 2018.