SharePoint 2016 Business Intelligence for Business Solutions

Business Intelligence (BI) is a critical part of SharePoint 2016 functionality, and as such, the software package includes many features to help users perform business data analysis. Add to that seamless connectivity with many other BI tools like Office 365 and the latest version of SQL Server, and you have an integrated system for making sense of mountains of business data right there.

One thing to note is that SharePoint 2016 relies heavily on SQL Server 2016 and MS Excel Online for BI operations. If you want to harness the full potential of SharePoint’s BI capabilities, investing in those two software packages is a logically sound decision. However, considering you have the whole set at your disposal, here are some stellar features that can help you tremendously with your BI tasks.

SharePoint 2016 and SQL Server 2016

one. Power Pivot gallery: An SP document library, Power Pivot Gallery provides seamless document management and full preview of published MS Excel workbooks and reports generated by Reporting Services, provided they contain data from Power Pivot tables .

two. Scheduled data update: If you use Power Pivot data in a workbook, you can find a way to periodically update the data, rather than manually every time one or more of the data sources are updated. Scheduled data refresh can be run to do this, either on demand with Power Pivot for Excel or as a scheduled operation that runs as a process in Analysis Services in SharePoint.

3. Power Pivot admin panelSimply put, it’s a collection of predefined reports and web parts in SharePoint Central Administration. It can help you manage a SQL Server Power Pivot for deployment with SharePoint. The dashboard displays information about data refresh, server status, and activities that are carried out in workbooks that use Power Pivot data.

SharePoint 2016 and Office Online Server

Microsoft has stated that SharePoint 2016 requires Office Online to offer some of the features previously offered by Office 365. Not only that, using Office Online also offers the following functionality:

1. Editing and viewing of files through the web browser.

2. Modify documents and workbooks, change font colors and sizes, insert shapes / images, and more.

3. Create new workbooks in Excel or modify existing ones.

4. Create charts with Excel workbooks as data sources.

5. Apply filters to those workbooks to see the changes reflected in the charts immediately.

Using SharePoint 2016 with Office Online Server and SQL Server 2016 unlocks some of the most powerful business intelligence features of the three platforms. With the right setup and proper data management, these three can provide the perfect three-point solution to all your BI problems.

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