Chapter 10

Working with Business Intelligence


  • The different types of business intelligence toolsets available in SharePoint
  • Working with the out-of-the-box business intelligence features to configure charts, graphs, and spreadsheets
  • Using Visio to publish content to a Visio Services Web Part
  • How to create reports using SQL Server Reporting Services and Report Builder 3.0

You can use business intelligence (BI) to help provide tools that bring information directly to users through a single interface. This chapter digs into several different concepts, including how to get started and how to start bringing immediate value to the organization. If you are just getting started with BI, the chapter also looks at ways to progressively incorporate these features into your organization.


The first step to getting started with BI is to understand what it is and how you plan to use it within your organization. “Business intelligence” is a very common buzz phrase, the type that your CEO will hear in a demonstration and march directly into your office explaining that you must have KPI and charts and dashboards, and you need them immediately. Though it is true that all those things will bring value to the organization, it is also true that there must be a plan in place and an end goal in sight. Having charts to have charts is never going to provide any business value. Instead, having charts that solve specific business ...

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