Microsoft Warns of Windows Server AppFabric End-of-Life in 2016

15 Apr 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Microsoft Acquires Mobile Business Intelligence Service Datazen.

Datazen, which launched about three years ago, allows businesses to create mobile dashboards from data in Microsoft Excel, but also from other cloud and enterprise database sources. MICROSOFT HAS WARNED that another of its products is reaching the end of the trail after the countdown to end of life for Windows Server 2003 hit the three-month mark.Microsoft announced today that it has acquired Datazen Software, an Ontario, Canada-based company that makes mobile and desktop business intelligence software. Microsoft is also warning of another product that is coming to its last hoorah that probably needs your attention while you’re at it, although D-Day is a year off.

A company-issued press release noted that the acquisition accelerates the company’s Power Business Intelligence (BI) strategy to “help organization create a data culture with ease-to-use, accessible tools to extract maximum value from data – from anywhere, on any device.” “Companies around the world need simpler ways to find data insights they can use to improve their business. Microsoft SQL Server 2005 support is to stop on 12 April 2016, and Microsoft has said that migration might not be as much of a cinch as customers are expecting. Datazen’s product allows companies to take in a big swath of data from their on-premise servers (especially those powered by Microsoft’s SQL Server) and then transform that into intelligent dashboards that can be viewed by employees on iOS, Android, Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Over time, Microsoft will integrate Datazen technology with Power BI to offer customers a “hybrid bridge” for their on-premises investment to the cloud.

But Datazen customers can continue to use all of the startup’s products in their current form, wrote Miljan Braticevic, Datazen’s chief executive, in a blog post of his own. He also notes that SQL Server customers “love Datazen, because it is optimized for SQL Server Analysis Services and the overall Microsoft platform […].” Microsoft has put quite a bit of focus on its business intelligence platforms lately as the amount of data that business create continues to increase rapidly.

Business intelligence on mobile devices is especially important to Microsoft these days, given chief executive Satya Nadella’s emphasis on building for a mobile-first and cloud-first world. Datazen is primarily focused on providing services for companies that have on-premise servers, while Power BI is built primarily for use with Microsoft Azure. By integrating the two, Microsoft can argument its service to work better in hybrid cloud deployments that include both on-premise and public cloud resources. The company has been pushing Power BI at industry and press events as a way for enterprise users to get the most out of large sets of business data they have access to without needing a data science team.

As of today, SQL Server Enterprise Edition customers with version 2008 or later and Software Assurance are entitled to download the Datazen Server software at no additional cost. Leadership in the realm of big data has been a major focus of Satya Nadella’s tenure at Microsoft, and this acquisition gives Microsoft access to new tools to pursue that goal.

The news comes a week after Microsoft closed its acquisition of Revolution Analytics, another big data company behind the Revolution R programming language that helps developers work with large amounts of data.

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