Big Data refers to the voluminous amount of data which companies are collecting, analyzing and acting upon to bring about favorable results for their organizations. Realizing value from these massive troves of information can be a challenge however, but that's not stopping Big Data from becoming a big deal.
Are you having trouble accessing the data you need? Or spending too much time accessing and assembling it? Or are you simply waiting for the data and analytics to tell you what to do? Your answer will determine where your organization is on the analytics maturity model, and where you may want to go next.
Gartner's latest Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence software ranks Microsoft as the Leader. Here's how their Power BI solution emerged as the evolution of Excel, along with some clarity on the various components and product names which Microsoft has been using.
Users of MS Excel 2013 or above have BI capabilities built in with PowerPivot; a powerful, low-cost solution for collecting and analyzing your data. Here's a look how its implementation and productivity increasing abilities can be gained without investing too much time or money.