What am I most excited about as I prepare for the PASS Summit here in Seattle this week? A lot of things. Preparing for my session, which will be on Thursday at 1:30, by far the most popular and interesting topics are about integration and tool choice. Today’s public announcement on the SSRS product team blog about on-premises Power BI integration with Reporting Services is really big news. It’s great to see two of the technologies I love working together. Whether in the cloud or on-premises, Power BI and Reporting Services can be used together.
It’s hard to overstate how huge this is. Plenty of companies want the reporting that Power BI offers, but have security or software policies in place which prevented Power BI adoption. Having it render through Reporting Services means that end users don’t need to have Power BI Desktop and that the data and reports remain entirely on-prem.