Shortly after Satya Nadella took the helm at Microsoft, he began talking about a “data culture.” Two of his favorite tools —Microsoft Delve and Power BI — are supposed to be key in helping us live and work smarter.

The Microsoft boss has told us this over and over again.

And given that we live in an increasingly mobile-first world, being able to glean intelligence via our mobile devices is a must. So it should come as no great shock that Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Datazen, an industry leader in mobile business intelligence and data visualization on Windows, iOS and Android devices.

Fulfilling a Mission

“This acquisition accelerates our Power BI strategy to help organizations create a data culture with easy-to-use, accessible tools to extract maximum value from data – from anywhere, on any device,” wrote Kamal Hathi, Partner Director, Cloud and Enterprise at Microsoft in a blog post..

And as is now a pattern with the new Microsoft, Nadella makes acquisitions to fill the void between what it has to offer and where it wants to go. Datazen fills that gap perfectly.

Datazen was specifically built for a mobile-first world and its BI tools are optimized for SQL Server Analysis Services and the overall Microsoft platform, explained Hathi.

What does this bring to the knowledge worker? Rich, interactive data visualization and KPIs on all major mobile platforms: Windows, iOS and Android.

While everything always looks bright and shiny when acquisitions are announced, Datazen might actually be the real deal. Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise Edition customers with version 2008 or later and Software Assurance can download the Datazen Server software today at no additional cost and find out for themselves.

In time Datazen, and the solutions around it, are expected to complement cloud-based Power BI, bringing mobile BI capabilities to on-premises solutions optimized for SQL Server. Hathi said that over time, Datazen technology will be integrated with Power BI to give customers another hybrid bridge for their on-premises investment to the cloud.

It’s a good move say the members of the SQL Server we’ve heard from.