Ted Kummert, kicked off the start of Microsoft’s Business Intelligence 2010 Conference in New Orleans. Ted discussed how Microsoft is listening to customers and working hard to help put better business intelligence in hands of more decision makers at all levels in an organization. It’s this focus on users and making BI accessible to everyone through familiar, collaborative and managed solutions that differentiates Microsoft BI.
Microsoft hopes to make everyone a BI user and we’re targeting 500 million Office users and more than 70% of organizations using SharePoint Server today. We endeavored from earliest part of the product development cycle for SQL Server PowerPivot to bridge gap between IT and end users by leveraging what is familiar – Excel and SharePoint.
To support end users with additional self-service search capabilities, new Microsoft Business Intelligence Indexing Connector extends search capabilities of FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint to understand specific types of BI documents – XLSX including PowerPivot models, and RDL from Reporting Services/Report Builder.