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There's a lot that's new with Business Intelligence in SharePoint 2013. First we've got some improvements to Excel Business Intelligence, the Power View add-in for Excel 2013, and the ability to show PivotCharts without having to show the corresponding PivotTable. So they decoupled PivotCharts and PivotTables and that's a good move. Excel services itself: lots and lots of improvement. First, data exploration has been improved greatly in this version, so more and more opportunities for users to drill down into data without you needing to provide exactly what they need.
For example they can choose Drill down to rather than drill down and they can Quick Explore data, but also we are going to see slicers that you can format all over the place in SharePoint, not just in Excel Services, so users will get used to using slicers even if they're not Excel power users. That's another tool then that you can use to make reports more customizable. The enhanced timeline controls from Excel are now available in Excel Services. We have better support for interaction with PivotTables and PivotCharts including support for users using the field list and the field well and more options when we're publishing workbooks.
So rather than simply publishing I have the choice to be able to publish in Worksheet view or in Gallery view. I can display an entire worksheet in a browser window or of course I can display contents so that I have one report at a time on the screen in a gallery. There is a new template for the Business Intelligence Center. This is going to allow us to more easily manage reports, scorecards, dashboards, and data sources. So a lot of improvements, mostly in Excel BI and Excel Services, but we're going to be able to put together better Business Intelligence Centers as a result.
There are modifications to PerformancePoint as well, including the ability to be able to migrate dashboards to other sites and other site collections and even to other specific users. We can also search on items within filters and both filter and search itself has been enhanced. So it's possible in PerformancePoint to drill down really narrowly and look at a small number of items in a filter out of a very, very long list. PerformancePoint is also the gateway to mobility, because we can view performance point dashboards not just on Windows 8 tablets, but on iPads.
A lot of users who want to be able to consume and interact with business data can do that because of these enhancements to PerformancePoint services. We also have some changes to Visio Services. Users can now add comments to drawings. So rather than needing to use Adobe Acrobat as the tool to be able to comment on the business processes and other diagrams, you can actually have users do their commenting right in SharePoint. And you actually have the ability to click Reply and reply in that same comment space.
Also to take care of some issues around how large Visio drawings are and how they interact with the rest of our SharePoint Content, in this version of SharePoint there is a maximum cache size setting that's been implemented for Visio Services and all the corresponding infrastructure to make that work well. The default size is a little over 5000 MB, but you can change this, it's implemented as a service parameter in the Central Administration Visio Graphics Application Services. Also new rules have been added to the SharePoint Health Analyzer in Central Administration corresponding rules for the cache size.
So, from the technical to the sublime, an entire group of changes that are going to attract new users to SharePoint Business Intelligence and make it easy for them to interact with data in ways that they are used to already in Excel for example. Coupled with at least a few features that promise an easier time administering Business Intelligence features in SharePoint Server 2013.
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