The Office Business Intelligence group gets the occasional question about why we offer several different BI solutions when our competitors often only offer one. Microsoft offers its customers no shortage of choices when it comes to BI solutions. We do this because, like anything else, there is no single solution for any problem. The hammer isn’t necessarily the tool for every trade, nor every job. And the tool that you can use to break down your business analytics should be no different. In this post, I want to talk briefly about what BI tools Microsoft offers and how they can be used for different purposes.
Choosing which BI application to use is a project-by-project decision. One BI application cannot cover your all your business needs – nor should it be able to. Each BI project has different users, different requirements and different stakeholders. Having choices available when you are planning your BI projects allows you to choose the right style, or tool, for the job.
BI styles depend on how users want to interact with information. The "How to Choose the Right Business Intelligence Technology to Suit Your Style" white paper defines 5 different styles.
The BI style can be compared to the type of author and how structured the data is. The chart below shows how the different Microsoft BI tools fit in this matrix.
Microsoft provides a variety of BI applications that fit a variety of situations. You can see that choosing just one application for all your BI needs would limit the type of BI projects you can accomplish. Having a choice allows success on all your BI projects.
Joe Wallace Senior Program Manager LeadOffice BI