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dbeavon
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Does this Product Replace the Microsoft Data Analyzer?

We've been using "Microsoft Data Analyzer" for analyzing our BI data and building dashboards.

Is Power BI desktop supposed to replace the Data Analyzer?  It will be hard to beat the performance and power of that tool.  Screenshots demonstrating the types of things we can do are shown here: https://www.techrepublic.com/article/visualize-complex-data-using-microsoft-data-analyzer/

 

I assume Power BI is eventually going to replace the "Microsoft Data Analyzer".  Otherwise it is hard to understand why Microsoft would be investing in both.  Another alternative that I've also been investigating is Microsoft Power View.  That seems to have a lot of promising functionality as well.

 

If anyone understands the direction that Microsoft is taking with these products, I would be very interested to hear.  It seems like there are a lot of options for front-end clients that report against OLAP data sources.

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TomMartens
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Hey,

 

the future of Microsoft BI is Power BI Service, with a sidestep of Power BI Report Server for on-premises solutions. I have to admit that I have never heard of Data-Analyzer, but for sure there is currently no offering from the office 365 product site.

 

I found it deep in my MSDN subscription, downloaded it, and just installed it. Wondering what it will do after I connect to a local cube. I realized that the release date is 2003 for this reason, I'm pretty sure that MSFT will not invest and already has stopped investing in Data-Analyzer. 

 

But nevertheless, you should stop to investigate into Power VIew due to its Silverlight dependeny.

 

Here you will find a lot of sessions showing what can be done and what will be possible using Power BI:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/businessapplicationssummit/sessionsondemand

 

I recommend that you start with this session:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/businessapplicationssummit/video/BAS2018-204

 

Welcome to Power BI, I guess you will miss some things, we all do, but maybe you will get as excited as I am.

 

Regards,

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TomMartens
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Hey,

 

the future of Microsoft BI is Power BI Service, with a sidestep of Power BI Report Server for on-premises solutions. I have to admit that I have never heard of Data-Analyzer, but for sure there is currently no offering from the office 365 product site.

 

I found it deep in my MSDN subscription, downloaded it, and just installed it. Wondering what it will do after I connect to a local cube. I realized that the release date is 2003 for this reason, I'm pretty sure that MSFT will not invest and already has stopped investing in Data-Analyzer. 

 

But nevertheless, you should stop to investigate into Power VIew due to its Silverlight dependeny.

 

Here you will find a lot of sessions showing what can be done and what will be possible using Power BI:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/businessapplicationssummit/sessionsondemand

 

I recommend that you start with this session:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/businessapplicationssummit/video/BAS2018-204

 

Welcome to Power BI, I guess you will miss some things, we all do, but maybe you will get as excited as I am.

 

Regards,

To



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Hi Tom,

Thanks for the feedback.  

 

It has been hard to find the right time to "dive in".  It seems to me that the "preferred" BI-client has been a moving target.  It has changed regularly over the years (ie. pivot tables, data analyzer, performance point, power view, power point, power bi, etc).  Hopefully the latest thing - power BI - is a good "long-term" investment for us, and Microsoft won't abandon it (as they have done for some of the prior BI client software).

 

If you take a look at that data analyzer, you will see that it performs some of the same functions as the BI desktop tool.  But I suppose that if Microsoft is currently investing in Power BI, then that is the right way to go (for now).

 

Thanks for the feedback.

David.

 

 

 

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