Or at least that’s the goal. And if anyone has a chance to achieve it in the near term, it’s Quentin Clark, the corporate Vice President of the company’s Data Platform Group, and his team.
Today the Redmond, Wash.-based company will announce the general availability of Power BI for Office 365, a cloud-based business intelligence (BI) service that gives everyday workers new way to work with data (big, fast and small) in the tools that they already know, namely, Excel and Office 365. In other words, starting today, everyone can be a data analyst.
Forget that Power BI for Office 365 has sexy data modeling and visualization capabilities; beautiful and slick UIs; that it easily connects to data stored in Hadoop (HDFS), SQL Server, Microsoft Azure Blob Storage, SharePoint, OData, Windows Azure Marketplace, Windows Azure, HDInsight, Windows Azure Table Storage, Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange, Facebook, Windows Azure SQL Database, Access Database, Oracle, IBM DB2, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Sybase, Teradata, Web, CSV, XML, Text, Excel and Online Search; that it’s cloud-based and that its BI sites are optimized for BI projects in which users share data and reports; and that it empowers the everyday user to do all of this via Excel.