Connecting to LinkedIn...

W1siziisijiwmtuvmdqvmtuvmdgvntqvmzgvnzi1l01ptlrbu0hfqkxpr19vtljftkrfukvex0lnqudfx3jlc2l6zwrfyw5kx3jlbmrlcmvklmpwzyjdlfsiccisinrodw1iiiwimtkymhgxmjuwiyjdxq

Blog

Microsoft boosts BI tool with Cortana

4/12/2015 by

W1siziisijiwmtuvmtivmdqvmdkvndevmduvnjc1l01py3jvc29mdcbidwlszgluzybhbmqgbg9nby5qcgcixsxbinailcj0ahvtyiisijywmhg0mdbcdtawm2uixv0

Microsoft has revealed that it is to boost its business intelligence (BI) offering by integrating Cortana into the system. This means Power BI should be able to continue providing quick insights and informative data to boost business strategies and provide more functionality than ever.

Microsoft spoke about the new updates and features it is adding to its Power BI system at its Convergence conference in Barcelona, Spain this week. Before the conference heads to New Orleans in April 2016, Microsoft showcased new Power Apps and an additional Office 365 E5 tier. The company also unveiled some new information regarding its BI app, namely that Power BI would soon benefit from new integrations with Quick Insights and Cortana.

Cortana brings a number of relevant features to the firm’s Power BI. By using the Cortana Analytics Suite, users can query the data within Power BI and gain instant results; alternatively, Cortana can be used to analyse historic reports.

“By utilising Power BI’s data visualisation capabilities, answers can range from simple numerical values (‘revenue for the last quarter’), charts (‘number of opportunities by team’), maps (‘average customer spending in California by city’), or even complete reports from Power BI, all provided directly from Cortana,” Microsoft said. “Potential answers are either determined by Cortana on the fly directly from the data, or by using reports already created in Power BI that help answer a question. To further explore an answer, users can simply open a result in Power BI.”

To ensure the new integration works well, Power BI will be fitted with a variety of new simple features. Reports can be given alternate names, allowing Cortana to search for reports using a variety of parameters; in addition, the resulting displayed results can be easily digested with the new special report sheet.

In addition to Cortana, Microsoft also revealed Quick Insights − a group of crafted algorithms developed in collaboration with Microsoft Research to search and highlight important insights that might be overlooked and ‘hidden’ within data sets. Examples of insights include time series outliers, category outliers, steady share, seasonality and trends in time series.

Another Microsoft conference will be held in Redmond next March. The Data Insights Summit will provide business analysts with the chance to learn more about best practice and the variety of tools at their disposal for BI purposes. This will be important as Microsoft continues to extend Office 365 with new insights and tools.

About Us

Montash is a multi-award winning global technology recruitment business. Specialising in permanent and contract positions across mid-senior appointments across a wide range of industry sectors and IT functions, including:

ERP Recruitment, BI & Data Recruitment, Information Security Recruitment, Enterprise Architecture & Strategy Recruitment , Energy Technology Recruitment, Demand IT and Business Engagement Recruitment, Digital and E-commerce Recruitment, Leadership Talent, Infrastructure and Service Delivery Recruitment, Project and Programme Delivery Recruitment.

Montash is headquartered in Old Street, London, in the heart of the technology hub. Montash has completed assignments in over 30 countries and has appointed technical professionals from board level to senior and mid management in permanent and contract roles.

comments powered by Disqus

Social Stream

Latest News

W1siziisijiwmtcvmdkvmjkvmdgvmtmvmjkvmjgyl1vudgl0bgvkigrlc2lnbiaomjuplmpwzyjdlfsiccisinrodw1iiiwimzgwedewmcmixv0

Are PSLs a Blocker or an Enabler?

2017-10-02 11:00:00 +0100

The use of a Preferred Supplier List (PSL) was intended to support and strengthen relationships and performance between organisations and their third party suppliers. As the technical landscape continues to evolve at rapid rate recruitment and demand for new skills becomes more intense. Are PSLs still the solution or an obstacle to sourcing the right talent? The traditional PSL A dedicated list of partners intended to guarantee quality and availability ...

W1siziisijiwmtcvmdkvmjevmdgvndmvmduvmtmxl1vudgl0bgvkigrlc2lnbiaomjmplmpwzyjdlfsiccisinrodw1iiiwimzgwedewmcmixv0

Why do we punish the victims of hacking?

2017-09-21 09:00:00 +0100

Hacks occur every 39 seconds, with 95% of them targeting governments, retailers and the tech industry. If the hackers are caught, they'll face prison time under the Computer Misuse Act. More often than not, the businesses who are victims of those attacks expose themselves to punishment of their own. The laws that determine the duty of protection owed to businesses and their customers is both vague and broad, making them question just how much protection...