Business Intelligence, the process of analyzing business data to support better decision-making, has become a necessity for most businesses in today’s competitive environment. In order to bring BI to small and mid-sized companies, there needs to be a set of affordable and easy-to-use tools at each company’s disposal. Microsoft has long had a vision and commitment to bringing the power of BI to the masses, and creating a set of tools and technologies to allow for self-service BI.

In order to realize this vision, Microsoft introduced the Business Intelligence Semantic Model (BISM), which supports two models, the traditional multidimensional model and a new tabular model.


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