In April, Microsoft announced that it had acquired the Datazen mobile BI platform and were adding it to their enterprise BI product suite. This is exciting news that rounds out the Microsoft BI stack and, better yet, it’s free for SQL Server Enterprise customers who have Software Assurance agreements.
What is Datazen and what are its capabilities?
I have built a Datazen server with the latest version on my SQL 2014 Enterprise VM. I found the system install wizard easy to follow and their on-line basic installation video was easy to follow. The following components highlight Datazen deployment basic architecture:
- Datazen Server install within an IT environment
- Windows Server, IIS and .NET are the prerequisites
- Datazen Server is integrated with the existing security infrastructure and connected to all relevant data sources
- Dashboards are published using the Datazen Publisher app available from the Windows Store
- Content is accessible via the mobile clients, IOS, Windows Phone or Android, and web browsers
Creation and publishing reports is done with the Datazen Publisher app download from the Windows Store and is available for Windows 2012 and Windows 8. If you plan on installing Datazen Server on a stand alone VM with the Datazen Publisher app you will also need to install
Windows 8 loopback exemption manager to handle this capability.
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BARRY CROWELL, MBA | BI/EDW Solution Architect
Barry uses his expertise to lead and teach a team of GP consultants to assure our solution scoping, architecting, and delivery meet and exceed the customer’s expectations. He helps clients analyze their current business processes and provides them with process improvements. He has performed implementations as the lead consultant and end-user project manager. Barry has over 20 years of experience working in accounting and the Microsoft Dynamics GP industry. He also possesses a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from Black Hills State University and a master’s in business administration from La Salle University.