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Microsoft Business Intelligence Consulting

Microsoft provides a complete set of business intelligence tools that scale from the individual to the global enterprise. From Office applications to Microsoft SQL Server to Azure Cloud Computing Platform & Services, Microsoft has a range of product options that allow users to draw meaningful insight from their business data assets. For companies that have embraced Microsoft technology, taking advantage of the Microsoft BI product stack can be very compelling. Microsoft has products for data integration (SSIS, Polybase), analytics (SSAS, HDInsight), business intelligence (SSRS), and visualization (Power BI). These tools can be deployed either stand-alone or as part of a Sharepoint system, can be fully integrated with the MS Office desktop products such as Excel.

Innovent provides consulting services to architect your Microsoft BI solution in a way that is scalable, extendable, cost effective and secure. We work with business users, subject matter experts and technical staff to identify and articulate requirements, evaluate your data architecture and technical environment and align the software tools with business-user needs for effective information delivery. Innovent Solutions can help your company get the most out of Microsoft BI solutions including architecture, system design, development, and lifecycle management.

SQL Server Analytic Services (SSAS)

SSAS provides online analytic processing (OLAP) of data from disparate data sources. SSAS allows users to analyze data with a host of tools including SSRS and Excel. In addition, SSAS enables the discovery of data patterns that may not be immediately apparent through the data mining features built into the product. Innovent can help you to prepare and populate the data that drives the SSAS system, and we can help to design and develop the SSAS cubes that make sense and organize that data.

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)

Innovent offers SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) consulting services to help you empower your users to make effective, informed decisions based on trusted data and delivered in formats appropriate for the user. We work with clients to assess and plan a business intelligence (BI) strategy, develop relevant visual representations of processes and performance, deploy dashboards, and create informative, flexible management and operational reports. Each of our engagements is crafted with the objectives of rapid implementation, quick return on investment, reduced risk and knowledge transfer to your staff. Whether you're looking for a complete solution, expert guidance for your team as they implement a system or a review of an existing system, Innovent can help.

SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)

Using SSIS, Innovent Solutions can help you implement an appropriate information management foundation that can deliver integrated, accurate, and timely data across your organization. Our data management solutions help ensure you provide trusted data in the areas of business intelligence, data warehousing, data migration, and master data management. Our goal is to provide decision makers with accurate, relevant and actionable information, resulting in improved profitability, improved customer satisfaction and operation efficiency.

Utilizing SQL Server Integration Services we can work with you to make sure data is sourced correctly, ensure its quality, and provide the appropriate data architecture for effective reporting and analysis. Our consulting services address the following areas:

  • Integration of data from multiple, heterogeneous data sources
  • Data cleansing and profiling to improve data quality
  • Master data management
  • Metadata management to ensure data lineage and history
  • Management of information throughout its lifecycle to enhance governance and compliance

Power BI

Power BI, first released in 2013, is one of Microsoft's most exciting business intelligence tools. Focused on self-service, data exploration, and data visualization Power BI can deliver data insights through a desktop application, on-premise report server, or through a hosted cloud solution. Power BI provides a relatively simple user interface, that delivers tremendous power to non-technical staff. Power BI is also deeply integrated with the entire Microsoft business stack including Office 365, Sharepoint, Microsoft SQL Server, and Azure Cloud Services

While ease of use is a focus, it is unrealistic to expect that most power users can just point Power BI and the raw data sources and simply have the answers pop out of the data. Providing users an appropriate interface to the data will still require the assistance of IT staff. Data security will still require a cohesive strategy and integration with existing security mechanisms. An easy to use life cycle management practice for the business intelligence artifacts also needs to be used to insure quality control and compliance.

Innovent Solutions provides guidance to your team to take advantage of Power BIs new features creating an integrated solution tied to your existing data systems as well as incorporating new data assets. Innovent can help you leverage Power BIs strengths into a seamless Data Insight strategy. 

Power Query, Power Pivot, Power View

Excel remains the number one data analysis for most business users, yet there are performance limits that users encounter as their data sets grow in size and complexity. Microsoft has released a group of Power tools for Excel that extends a spread-sheets computational power. Power Query allows users to discover, connect to and import data from a variety of data sources. Power Pivot allows raw data to be modeled and transformed into structures that make sense to business users. Power View allows users to display the data from Power Pivot in either tabular or graphical format. 

Innovent Solutions can get your business team up to speed with the Excel power tools quickly and efficiently. Innovent will work to mentor your business team so that they can take full advantage of the full Excel Power tool suite. 

Azure Data Lake

Data Lakes are one of the more exciting opportunities to gain insight from a wide variety of data sources. Rather than structuring the data prior to storage, data is quickly and easily loaded into the Data Lake, then using Hadoop distributed processing structure is added to the data when it is read. Microsoft has created its own Data Lake implementation that combines the many disparate technologies that encompass a Data Lake into a single Platform (PaaS) allowing a focus on the collection and analysis of data, rather than on the mechanics of Hadoop. Starting with Azure Data Storage and adding HDInsight (Hadoop on Azure), Microsoft also adds the Azure Data Catalog and Azure Data Analytics. 

Innovent Solutions can help your team take the data that you have loaded into your Azure Data Lake and turn it into predictive and prescriptive data insight that will help to guide your business's actions and direction.

HDInsight

Hadoop is made up of a portfolio of distributed open source technologies to create a low cost data storage and analysis platform with unlimited ability to scale to any size. Using Hadoop, companies have the ability to store all of their data assets, regardless of source, into a single uniform system. Hadoop also has a variety of technologies that can query and analyze the data within in the Hadoop storage system. 

HDInsight is Microsoft's 100% Hadoop based big data solution, that creates a managed platform that allows business to focus on simply storing and using the data within the cluster. This integration allows your developers, data scientists and business analysts to focus on gaining insight from the data and not have to worry about managing the Hadoop technologies. 

Innovent has the experience to help you with your HDInsight implementation. Whether loading the data, curating and organizing the metadata, or creating data insights from the data assets in HDInsight, Innovent has the team to help.

Polybase

Polybase allows developers to combine unstructured (Hadoop, Azure Data Lake) and structured (database) data using standard T-SQL syntax. Polybase has several significant advantages over existing query technologies including:
  • distribute query workloads to the Hadoop cluster
  • in-place queries of unstructured data (external tables)
  • interface to unstructured data for business intelligence tools 
  • push relational data to the Hadoop cluster (archiving)
Taking advantage of Polybase allows developers to greatly extend the power of their Microsoft SQL Server expertise. Innovent Solutions can help your company to leverage the power of Polybase in your data acquisition approach.