Articles & Whitepapers


Microsoft BI Tools for the Varying Needs of Self-Service BI Users 

Think all Self-Service BI users are the same?  Think again.  Explore the tools available in the Microsoft BI stack to support different types of business users.

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Extending Your Business Intelligence Investment with SQL Server Master Data Services

An organization’s master data (such as Customers, Products, Accounts, and Stores) is extremely valuable.  Because master data often spans multiple systems, having one authoritative source is of great benefit, particularly as an organization grows and matures.  Master Data Services (MDS) is a software tool, introduced in the SQL Server 2008 R2 release, used to facilitate management of master data.   

The whitepaper offers an overview of features & potential benefits, along with practical steps to consider when getting started.  The table of contents includes:

  • Introduction to Master Data Services
  • Categories of Master Data Management
    • Analytical MDM
    • Operational MDM
  • Organizational Challenges
  • Key Features & Business Benefits
  • Getting Started with Master Data Services
    • Planning & Preparation
    • Technical
    • Future Technical Considerations
    • Master Data Services Model
    • Integration Into Business Intelligence Environment
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix:  Further Reading

The whitepaper may be downloaded from the Intellinet Knowledge Library.  Only your name e-mail address is requested; a link to download the whitepaper will then be e-mailed to you within a couple of minutes.



Using Color in SSRS Charts

Effective data presentation techniques help users interpret information quickly and reliably. Layout, formatting, sizing, labeling, and other report elements may all be used to facilitate analysis and decision-making. This article will focus on one aspect of formatting: color. More than just an aesthetic concern, color serves a valuable purpose to enhance perception and understanding of data.

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