Microsoft has recently released a new Silverlight control called PivotViewer. This new control helps us to make better use of the growing amounts of information around us by visualizing thousands of things at once in a way that reveals the relationships which connect them. At the heart of the PivotViewer control are “Collections.” They combine large groups of similar items, so we can begin viewing the relationships between individual pieces of information in a new way. By visualizing hidden patterns, PivotViewer enables users to discover and act on new insights.
The Business Intelligence engineering team have prototyped a new concept that couples the PivotViewer control with a utility that uses Reporting Services to automatically generate this type of collections. We showcased this concept at the BI conference in New Orleans with overwhelming support and interest from our community of BI enthusiasts and are making this demo available here to those that would like to evaluate it in their own sandbox environments. View the video here to find out more.
As you view and try this prototype, treat it like a “Concept Project”. Although the Silverlight PivotViewer is now a final shipping product, the PivotViewer extension for SQL Server Reporting Services is just a preview, and isn’t a supported product or a feature of Microsoft Business Intelligence. As such, it may not work perfectly under all conditions. We look forward to your feedback and participation in this experiment and will continue working hard to bring cutting edge visualization technologies like PivotViewer to you as fast as possible. Enjoy!