Last week we marked a 1-year anniversary of Microsoft's acquisition of Datazen
. To say that we've had a busy year would be an understatement; we enabled mobile BI deployments for many new customers and the team has worked exceptionally hard to integrate Datazen into Microsoft's BI stack.
I am proud to say that our technology will live on as a part of Microsoft SQL Server – arguably one of the most successful enterprise software products of all time! I am equally proud of the fact that the entire Datazen product team joined Microsoft after the acquisition and that all of us still remain with Microsoft today.
As Datazen technology will be integrated into SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services we'd like to share with you an update on the future of Datazen. The purpose of this post is to provide an overview of the integration of Datazen into SQL Server 2016 and address any questions related to product support.
Datazen integration into SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services was guided by the following two principles:
- Enable existing customers to migrate their Datazen deployment to SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services;
- All new features need to be natural extensions of SSRS, preserving product integrity and remaining viable to SSRS customers in the long run.
We were able to remain true to these principles and accomplish both goals outlined above. All components of the Datazen stack have been integrated into Microsoft BI products, as follows:
Deprecated and Roadmap Features
Vast majority of Datazen 3.0 features made it into SSRS 2016, however we weren't able to integrate all of them in this release. The following table summarizes the features that have been deprecated, as well as features that are being considered for future releases following SQL Server 2016:
|Deprecated Datazen Features
||Post-SSRS 2016 Roadmap Features
- Team collaboration / activity feeds
- Cached personalized datasets
- Hub Architecture
- Custom authentication
- Public/guest authentication
- Mobile app advanced syncing options
- Ability to create mobile reports from an existing report
New Features for Datazen Customers
I am happy to say that SSRS integration has enabled us to deliver many important new capabilities to Datazen customers:
- Modern user and admin web portal
- Managing permissions via Active Directory groups
- Content migration between environments
- Single data source for KPIs, mobile reports and paginated reports
- Microsoft Premier Support
Benefits of Upgrading to SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services
In addition to the new features listed above customers can benefit from the proven scalability of Reporting Services, share data sources and data sets across all reports (paginated and mobile) and use the Power BI mobile apps to consume their mobile reports in a consistent and secured manner. In addition to these benefits, customers can access support through their existing SQL Server support channels.
End of Support for Datazen Products
To offer Datazen customers more time to plan on when to transition to SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services Microsoft will provide support for existing deployments of Datazen-branded products for 1 year following the SQL Server 2016 GA release.
Our team is actively working on the SQL Server Migration Assistant for Datazen which will help customers in migrating content from Datazen Server 3.0 to SSRS 2016. We plan to release the Migration Assistant shortly after general availability of SQL Server 2016.
I would like to thank the SSRS and Power BI teams for their amazing collaboration while integrating Datazen into their products and I hope that you – our customers – will enjoy the new release.
If you have not had a chance to take a look at mobile reports in SQL Server 2016 Reporting services – I invite you to give it a try. To learn more, visit the SQL Server 2016 preview page.