So Many BI Tools, So Little Time

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Microsoft has a broad range of tools that can be used to create a BI application: PerformancePoint, Reporting Services, and Excel on the presentation side and SQL Server, Analysis Services, PowerPivot, and Excel models on the data side. Which ones should you use, and when? Should an application mix and match or should an application focus on a limited set of tools? While the technologies in each class have similarities (PerformancePoint, Reporting Services, and Excel all have bar charts), they are fundamentally different and should be used in different circumstances. Compare the tools and learn nuances of each of them by seeing them in the context of real-world examples. See how choosing different tool strategies can impact your application.

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