With new BI sample model, you can try Azure Analysis Services without needing to build anything

Self-service business intelligence (BI) tools have made big strides in making data accessible to business users, writes Josh Caplan, Azure senior program manager. But most business users don’t have the expertise or desire to “do the heavy lifting that is typically required,” including finding the right sources of data, importing the raw data and transforming it into the right shape and more before they can explore the data to derive insights.

Now, business users can use Azure Analysis Services without the need to build anything, using a new sample model based on the Adventure Works Internet Sales database, Caplan says.

“With Azure Analysis Services, a BI professional can create a semantic model over the raw data and share it with business users so that all they need to do is connect to the model from any BI tool and immediately explore the data and gain insights,” he writes.

To learn more, visit the Microsoft Azure Blog.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

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