Post by Rob Collie
Your Server Options: Power BI Online, On Premises / Do It Yourself,
Third Party Cloud, and Now… Insight Center!
Our Continuing Mission: A Power Pivot Server in Every, Um, Driveway
Everyone, sing it with me: “I’ve been wor-king on The Flow-chart, aalll the live-long daaay…” Yes, The Flowchart. The “yellow brick road” that helps lead your org to the Power Pivot server option best-suited for you. (Why do you need a server? Because it’s YouTube for Workbooks.)
Drawing the flowchart is, of course, the easy part. Making sure that it “ends” in a variety of dependable options – that fit varying budgets, infrastructures, and org sizes – well, THAT is the reason why the flowchart is taking this much time.
But said flowchart is getting closer – MUCH closer – to being ready. We have been busy little beavers here at PowerPivotPro. Crusaders for justice, as we oh-so-modestly think of ourselves, rarely get to rest. The shortage of Power Pivot servers in the world is a humanitarian issue in our eyes. (Yes, this paragraph was tongue-in-cheek. Well, partly anyway.)
Until now, you’ve basically had three classes of option: 1) Install and Run Your Own Servers, 2) Subscribe to Power BI Online, or 3) Lease Space From Third Party (non-Microsoft) Cloud Providers.
All three of those options are good, viable choices, and remain so. The Flowchart will soon help you choose between those, depending on Best Fit. But recently it’s ALSO become clear that some organizations would benefit greatly from a Fourth Option.
And with that realization… Insight Center was born.