SharePoint introduces an optimal platform for business intelligence. The SharePoint server has multiple features that can assemble large number of unstructured data and prepare them to be analyzed. Instead of using a separate tool for the purpose, it is rewarding for enterprises to have integrated tools all within a single application. Additionally, this application can be linked to other business applications such as Seibel, SAP and Microsoft Server.
Among other utilities present in SharePoint, tools such as Excel Services, Performance Point Services, Visio Services, Reporting Services and Power Pivot, among others are powerful to organize massive data for business analysis.
Excel services are used to publish excel sheets in the server with special features such as permissions and rights. It is a centrally managed workplace for an enterprise. This can be used online in the browser without installing MS excel. Many chart types can be used within this service including PivotChart and Pivot tables.
PerformancePoint service is basically a Dashboard designer. With this, powerful dashboard, termed as PerformancePoint Dashboards, can be created. This is used to combine and evaluate reports and scorecards from various sources. Excel Services, SQL Server and SharePoint lists can be integrated to this for data visualization.
Visio services can be used for visualization of complex ideas or process. This service links Microsoft Visio to SharePoint and aids data from sources such as SQL server, SharePoint lists and Excel services. Visio diagrams can be changed to web drawings in SharePoint using this service.
The reporting service is a collection of report, lists, and connections. It is the central location of all related business intelligence data. It also aides to create page templates that contains business information.
PowerPivot enables data modeling functionality in a SharePoint farm. It also includes additional functionality such as PowerPivot Gallery, Schedule data refresh and management dashboard.
SharePoint provides essential insight on business intelligence and automates a business process.