Chapter 9. Using Visio and Visio Services

You’ve probably used Microsoft Visio to create flowcharts, perhaps network diagrams, maybe an org chart, or a floor plan. But, should Visio be an integral part of your business intelligence (BI) solutions? The goal of this chapter is to provide a “yes” answer to that question by showing you examples of the value that Visio offers, both by itself, and when it’s integrated with the products described in other chapters in this book.


The Visio application achieved its twentieth birthday in 2012. The three founders of the company designed the software so that users could build two-dimensional business and technical drawings. What was revolutionary at the time was the building block approach: you weren’t ...

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