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Now, what if your Visio diagrams could come to life? What if you could power these diagrams with data and share
them with your colleagues?
Let me give you a real-life example. As an architect in the organization where I work, I’m often asked to give
introductory sessions to many people on the project team, and I typically use a Visio diagram to explain the project
details. Whenever there are enhancements, updates, or changes to the project, I have to redo my Visio diagram and
present it to the team.
Instead of calling for another meeting, I could update and e-mail a new version of the Visio diagram and get final
approval. But not everyone has Visio installed. Moreover, where does this information end up? E-mails! Or maybe
in yet another set of printed documents that will just collect dust on the shelf. What’s missing here?
1.
Collaboration.
2.
Easy viewing. For a Visio diagram, you need either the Visio client and related licenses,
or at least a Visio viewer. (There’s a free viewer available at
www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35811 . )
3.
Instant update of the diagrams.
4.
Data connectivity.
You’ve all probably thought at some point, wouldn’t it be great to be able to share a Visio diagram that’s
connected to data, where the diagram updates automatically when the data changes. And wouldn’t it be wonderful to
be able to have end users view the diagram in their browsers without having to install the actual Visio client.
Well, that solution is here. With Visio Services in SharePoint 2013, you can publish Visio diagrams to SharePoint,
drive them with real-time data, and share them easily even when the client is not installed. You can do all of this by
using Visio Services in SharePoint 2013.
Presenting Visio Services
Visio Services is available as part of the Enterprise Client Access License (CAL), and they provide a platform where
users can share the Visio diagrams using the SharePoint infrastructure. Visio Services provides various data-connectivity
models to drive Visio diagrams with data, both real-time and historic.
Setting Up Visio Services
Setting up Visio Services is quite simple, requiring just few basic steps. Before beginning, however, ensure you have
Farm Administrator privileges.
There are two approaches. In the first, in SharePoint 2013, simply go to Central Administration Configuration
Wizards and launch the Farm Configuration wizard as shown in Figure 2-2 .
 
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