Microsoft hasn’t been shy about its goals for the data-driven age. It plans to bring business intelligence to a billion screens and to remove the barriers that are preventing broad adoption of advanced analytics.
These are lofty ambitions, perhaps, but there is no company on the planet that’s in a better position to deliver on them.
Put aside, for a moment, that Excel is a default tool for data crowd, that Office 365 is a next logical step for workers, and that so many enterprises inherently trust the Azure Cloud. The company is also rolling out big data solutions that are, at once, as powerful and compelling as those that scrappy start-ups are delivering today.