Alteryx brings data blending and advanced analytics to Power BI

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 09 October 2015
Alteryx brings data blending and advanced analytics to Power BI

Alteryx has partnered with Microsoft to provide data blending and advanced analytics capabilities to business analysts.

In an industry first, Alteryx Analytics 10.0 users can now output their data to Microsoft Power BI, where it can be visualised and analysed by other business users.

“Alteryx is dedicated to delivering a world-class data blending and advanced analytics experience for data workers that radically accelerates their time to insight,” said George Mathew, president and COO at Alteryx. “As the first analytics partner to work with the Power BI team, Alteryx brings a whole new way for line-of-business analysts to take advantage of their data by quickly blending it, performing predictive or advanced analytics, and then easily consuming it in Power BI to visualise and analyse everything in one place.”

With Alteryx Analytics 10.0, analysts can use a simple drag-and-drop workflow to ‘cleanse, transform and enrich’ data from various sources and compile a complete Power BI dataset. They can then perform advanced predictive, statistical and spatial analytics to gain deeper business insights.

“We are excited with the momentum behind Power BI as we see more customers adopt it in order to explore their data in new ways,” said James Phillips, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Business Intelligence Products Group. “Alteryx enables Power BI users to gain critical insights faster by easily blending data from multiple sources, adding advanced analytics through a drag-and-drop design environment, and then delivering the data into Power BI for visualisation and analysis.”

Alteryx also offers in-database blending within Microsoft SQL Server 2014, allowing analysts to blend multiple sources of data within the database through an easy-to-use analytic workflow. Data remains in the SQL Server environment and Alteryx pushes the data blending process into the database, delivering faster results than traditional methods.

In addition, Alteryx now integrates with Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Text Analytics capabilities to help analysts to understand the customer sentiment expressed in text data.

Data analysts will soon be able to take advantage of cloud-based data to perform data blending and advanced analytics with Microsoft Azure, including Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse and Microsoft Azure HDInsight. Future releases will also deliver deeper collaboration with Microsoft Azure Machine Learning and the Cortana Analytics Suite.

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