Simpson Associates attend UCISA CISG-PCMG 2016

Last week the annual UCISA CISG Conference returned to the Grand Hotel, Brighton and our Higher Education team were again in attendance, this year discussing all things Microsoft Business Intelligence.

During the conference we were particularly interested to see the shift in delegates’ views towards Microsoft Business Intelligence software, especially Microsoft Power BI. Whereas in previous years Qlikview and Tableau were the reporting tools on everybody’s radar, this year we spoke to many delegates who are using, or who are looking to use, Microsoft Power BI. The reasons varied of course, but price and cloud architecture were high on the list of priorities.

Many of the universities we met already have Microsoft Office 365, and/or Dynamics and/or SharePoint estates and are seeing that Microsoft Power BI is a natural extension of those investments; Higher Education pricing for Power BI is £2-3 per user per month or is free to users that have an Office 365 E5 License. Therefore, Power BI is a viable solution to roll out Analytics to the wider user base that is often missed due to budget constraints.

If you would like to find out more about Microsoft Power BI and how it can be deployed within your institution please join Simpson Associates and Microsoft on January 19th, 2017 for our ‘Bring your institutional data to life with Microsoft Power BI’ webinar. To find out more about the event or to register click here.

As a Microsoft Gold Partner for Data Platform and Analytics and a Cloud Platform partner, Simpson Associates have the necessary skills and experience to help. Find out more about our Microsoft BI Consultancy Services here or contact us to discuss your current requirements and book a demonstration.

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