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Smart Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 by Kevin S. Goff Lynn Langit Davide Mauri, Sahil Malik, and John C. Welch

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SQL Server Reporting Services with Office SharePoint Server 2007

So far in this chapter, we’ve talked about Excel Services being used as a BI tool with Office SharePoint Server 2007. Although you can certainly use Excel Services as your BI user portal, the limits of Excel might not match your business requirements. Excel Services allows the business user to achieve simple tasks and manage simple sets of data. In spite of Excel’s ability to connect to external data sources, Excel Services targets one specific type of client only—users who are already comfortable working in some version of Excel. We see this user population typically as business analysts. Of course, there are exceptions to this characterization; however, we most often use Excel ...

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