SQL 2016: What are the news for Business Intelligence?

Overview of SQL Server 2016 features for Business Intelligence

No doubts that SQL Server 2016 is the hugest leap forward in Microsoft Business Intelligence platform history with features that increase performance, simplify management, and transform your data into actionable insights. Moreover, you have powerful reports and dashboards on the palm of your hand.

With a variety of new features and enhancements that deliver breakthrough performance, advanced security, and richer, integrated reporting and analytics capabilities. Built using the new rapid-release model, SQL Server 2016 incorporates many features introduced first in the cloud in Microsoft Azure SQL Database. Furthermore, SQL Server 2016 includes the capability to dynamically migrate historical data to the cloud.

To begin with, after many years of modest advances in its BI platform, now Microsoft has revolutionized in this new version of the SQL Server 2016. I would like to sum up some important facts of this version:

  • ● Fast access to data without storing it in Analysis Services using DirectQuery.
  • ● Manage mobile and paginated reports for your organization, with the range of ready-to-use tools and services that SQL Server Reporting Services. This is not a news for some people, but just to remember that Microsoft acquired Datazen technology in 2015 and embedded its mobile technology.
  • ● With Power BI Desktop you can empower business users with the self service BI and right insights on any mobile device.
  • ● Get access to data, both big and small, with PolyBase technology that queries Hadoop data using simple Transact-SQL commands.
  • ● New JSON support lets you parse and store JSON documents and output relational data into JSON files.
  • ● Integration Services (SSIS) now supports previous versions. You can use Power Query as a data source. There is also a Azure Data Factory data flow and new connectors.
  • ● SQL Server Development Tools (SSDT) and SQL Server BI Tools (BIDS) finally is truly unified in Visual Studio.

Let’s take a look at the Microsoft Datasheet:

SQL Server 2016: Everything built-in

In addition, the Road-map overview:

SQL Server 2016 BI Roadmap - SQL 2016: What are the news for Business Intelligence?


Some exciting overview of the news, ahn?!?

Following the next posts, It would be suitable if you installed a development version of the SQL Server 2016 or the trial version for 180 days. Below you can see all versions and components that compose it.

Editions and Components of SQL Server 2016
Installation requirements vary based on your application needs. The different editions of SQL Server accommodate the unique performance, runtime, and price requirements of organizations and individuals. The SQL Server components that you install also depend on your specific requirements. The following sections help you understand how to make the best choice among the editions and components available in SQL Server.

SQL Server 2016 Editions
The following table describes the editions of SQL Server. For more information, see Features Supported by Edition of SQL Server

Edition Definition
Enterprise The premium offering, SQL Server 2016 Enterprise edition delivers comprehensive high-end datacenter capabilities with blazing-fast performance, unlimited virtualization, and end-to-end business intelligence — enabling high service levels for mission-critical workloads and end user access to data insights.
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Standard SQL Server 2016 Standard edition delivers basic data management and business intelligence database for departments and small organizations to run their applications and supports common development tools for on-premise and cloud — enabling effective database management with minimal IT resources.
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Web SQL Server 2016 Web edition is a low total-cost-of-ownership option for Web hosters and Web VAPs to provide scalability, affordability, and manageability capabilities for small to large scale Web properties.
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Developer SQL Server 2016 Developer edition lets developers build any kind of application on top of SQL Server. It includes all the functionality of Enterprise edition, but is licensed for use as a development and test system, not as a production server. SQL Server Developer is an ideal choice for people who build SQL Server 2016 and test applications.
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Express editions Express edition is the entry-level, free database and is ideal for learning and building desktop and small server data-driven applications. It is the best choice for independent software vendors, developers, and hobbyists building client applications. If you need more advanced database features, SQL Server Express can be seamlessly upgraded to other higher end versions of SQL Server. SQL Server Express LocalDB, a lightweight version of Express that has all of its programmability features, yet runs in user mode and has a fast, zero-configuration installation and a short list of prerequisites.
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SQL Server Components
Use the Feature Selection page of the SQL Server Installation Wizard to select the components to include in an installation of SQL Server. By default, none of the features in the tree are selected. Use the information in the following tables to determine the set of features that best fits your needs.

Clique here to read the Datasheet for all versions.

Server components Description
SQL Server Database Engine SQL Server Database Engine includes the Database Engine, the core service for storing, processing, and securing data, replication, full-text search, tools for managing relational and XML data, in database analytics integration, and Polybase integration for access to Hadoop and other heterogeneous data sources, and the Data Quality Services (DQS) server.
Analysis Services Analysis Services includes the tools for creating and managing online analytical processing (OLAP) and data mining applications.
Reporting Services Reporting Services includes server and client components for creating, managing, and deploying tabular, matrix, graphical, and free-form reports. Reporting Services is also an extensible platform that you can use to develop report applications.
Integration Services Integration Services is a set of graphical tools and programmable objects for moving, copying, and transforming data. It also includes the Data Quality Services (DQS) component for Integration Services.
Master Data Services Master Data Services (MDS) is the SQL Server solution for master data management. MDS can be configured to manage any domain (products, customers, accounts) and includes hierarchies, granular security, transactions, data versioning, and business rules, as well as an Add-in for Excel that can be used to manage data.
SQL Server R Services SQL Server R Services supports distributed, scalable R solutions on multiple platforms and using multiple enterprise data sources, including Linux, Hadoop, and Teradata.
Management tools Description
SQL Server Management Studio SQL Server Management Studio is an integrated environment to access, configure, manage, administer, and develop components of SQL Server. Management Studio lets developers and administrators of all skill levels use SQL Server.

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Management Studio from Download SQL Server Management Studio

SQL Server Configuration Manager SQL Server Configuration Manager provides basic configuration management for SQL Server services, server protocols, client protocols, and client aliases.
SQL Server Profiler SQL Server Profiler provides a graphical user interface to monitor an instance of the Database Engine or Analysis Services.
Database Engine Tuning Advisor Database Engine Tuning Advisor helps create optimal sets of indexes, indexed views, and partitions.
Data Quality Client Provides a highly simple and intuitive graphical user interface to connect to the DQS server, and perform data cleansing operations. It also allows you to centrally monitor various activities performed during the data cleansing operation.
SQL Server Data Tools SQL Server Data Tools provides an IDE for building solutions for the Business Intelligence components: Analysis Services, Reporting Services, and Integration Services.

(Formerly called Business Intelligence Development Studio).

SQL Server Data Tools also includes “Database Projects”, which provides an integrated environment for database developers to carry out all their database design work for any SQL Server platform (both on and off premise) within Visual Studio. Database developers can use the enhanced Server Explorer in Visual Studio to easily create or edit database objects and data, or execute queries.

Connectivity Components Installs components for communication between clients and servers, and network libraries for DB-Library, ODBC, and OLE DB.

 

References:
https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/dataplatforminsider/2016/05/31/bring-business-insights-to-more-people-with-sql-server-2016-mobile-reports/
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms144275.aspx
https://www.microsoft.com/en/server-cloud/products/sql-server-editions/overview.aspx
https://info.microsoft.com/Introducing-SQL-Server-2016-eBook.html
(this one is amazing!)

About the Author
• 13 years of experience in IT, with 10 years focused on BI. • 7 years in the Real Estate Market and 3 in Finance. • Leader of BI and System Development teams in Brazil. • Keen on Business Intelligence with strong skills in development; Personal Skills: • Enterprising; • Self-starter; • Hands-on; • Always willing new challenges and responsibilities; • People management and leadership; • Good capacity of analysis and project management; • Accustomed to work in different environments and under pressure; Technical specialties: • SSRS; • SSAS; • SSIS; • SQL Server (T-SQL); • Oracle BIEE; • Web Development (ASP and PHP);

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