Microsoft is adding substantially to its Power BI business-intelligence software, with new mobile apps for devices running operating systems other than Windows, along with standard integrations with widely used cloud software tools.
A new iPad app is now featured inside Apple’s App Store, “with other platforms following in the coming months,” according to a blog post today from Microsoft’s Power BI Team. The announcement shows Microsoft following through on plans first expressed in an email to customers a few weeks ago.
Microsoft is also previewing new integrations that allow customers to push in data from web services like GitHub, Marketo, Salesforce.com, SendGrid, and Zendesk, along with standard dashboards for these tools. More integrations are on the way, according to the blog post.
The moves show Microsoft continuing to look outside of its ecosystem of tools. Just look at its release of consumer applications like Office for iPad and its support for Docker on Windows Server for enterprises.
Meanwhile, mobile business intelligence and cross-application support has become more and more popular. Salesforce itself has new business-analytics software, Wave, which was released with mobile in mind. And Salesforce has said customers will be able to crunch data from many sources, not just Salesforce’s lead-tracking software.
Microsoft is also announcing a new integration today with its SQL Server Analysis Services on-premises software that will enable customers to chart out data in the Power BI cloud application while keeping the raw data in house on companies’ own servers.
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