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Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2013, available for download at
If you prefer to use Express editions of Visual Studio and SQL Server instead of the full
versions, you can download them from .
at the time of writing, Microsoft had not released sQl server 2012 Business intelligence project templates for
Visual studio 2012. hence, we use Visual studio 2010 throughout this topic to develop Bi projects, and Visual studio 2012
to develop solutions specific to sharepoint 2013.
Introduction to Business Intelligence
Effective decision-making is the key to success, and you can’t make effective decisions without appropriate and
accurate information. Data won’t do you much good if you can’t get any intelligent information from it, and to do
that, you need to be able to analyze the data properly. There’s a lot of information embedded in the data in various
forms and views that can help organizations and individuals create better plans for the future. We’ll start here with the
fundamentals of drilling down into data—how to do it and how you can take advantage of it.
I couldn’t resist including a picture here that highlights the benefits of BI. (See Figure 1-1 .) This drawing was
presented by Hasso Plattner of the Hasso Plattner Institute for IT Systems at the SIGMOD Keynote Talk. (SIGMOD is
the Special Interest Group on Management of Data of the Association for Computing Machinery.)
Figure 1-1. Information at your fingertips!
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