Friday, 9 June 2017

SharePoint on-premise reporting options

Overview:  As always this really depends on the circumstances but my broad view on reporting for SharePoint is outlined below.


  • Power BI on-prem. has not been release (at the time of this blog) but will work for SSRS reports and have the Power BI functionality that shall be embedded using an iFrame into SharePoint 1st edition only.
  • The upgrade path from SSRS SharePoint integrated mode is going to be hard, whereas the upgrade path from SSRS native mode will be simple.
  • Power-BI on-prem is not going to support SAML.  Use WAP (Web Application Proxy)/reverse proxy to get NTLM ot Kerbros tickets for authentication.  Only config is ADFS+WAP to access PowerBI on the Extranet.  If you use another Federation service will need to do a passive claim.  For Example if you use SiteMinder, you need to pass onto ADFS + WAP
  • SSRS SharePoint integrated mode shall be available only in SP2013 and SP2016 and not have any continued path going forward.

SharePoint 2013 Options:

SharePoint 2013 BI Options SharePoint 2013 SQL BI Options
Excel Services
SharePoint KPI/Filters
SSRS SharePoint Integrated Mode
Power Pivot for SharePoint

The table below shows what you client probably uses historically and the challenge is to map them out to a supportable solution on SharePoint going forward.

BI in SharePoint and the Microsoft stack has drastically changed over the past 2 years.  The next 12 months should keep this pace up with the release on Power BI.  As my knowledge in this area improves I'll update this post.

Other Posts that may be useful:
A good post to read as of EOY 2016 on BI  for SharePoint
SP2013 with SSRS 2012 SharePoint integrated Mode Overview
Installing SSRS on SP2013 Reporting Post


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