UK data expert targets global business market with software innovation
A leading UK innovator in business intelligence solutions is targeting a global market of more than five million users with the launch of a new software service aimed at bolstering corporate security.
Power BI Sentinel has been officially launched at SQLBits – the largest four-day Microsoft data conference (Feb 27 – March 2) to be held outside of the USA – by Shropshire-based data expert Alex Whittles and his team.
The new software has been designed to provide additional benefits to businesses using Microsoft’s analytical tool Power BI by providing secure document back-up, change tracking, documentation and data lineage analysis.
Alex, who is a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) and founder of big data company Purple Frog Systems in Telford, has spent the last six months developing the new software.
He said: “I’ve had this idea going round and round in my head for about 10 years so I’m absolutely delighted to finally be launching Sentinel.
“We have invested a considerable amount of time and money in this project over the last six months and our specialist developers have come up with a software service which will provide organisations with greater security and governance of their data, including helping manage GDPR compliance.
“This is particularly important within large corporate organisations where Power BI is being used in multiple locations, across a number of departments and by a large number of employees
“There are currently a number of limitations to using Power BI on its own but our new software is designed to bridge some of those gaps by providing automated documentation of reports and giving data controllers the capabilities to view, in real time, how and what data is being used across all parts of the business.
“The software is designed not only to save businesses time and money but it also has huge implications when it comes to improving data security and simplifying and accelerating disaster recovery,” he added.
Across the globe, there are more than five million people using Microsoft’s Power BI tool to analyse data and create dashboards to help them better understand their business.
Power BI Sentinel will be available to all these international users from sole traders and SMEs to community enterprises and large corporate organisations.
Power BI Sentinel is a Software as a Service application hosted with Microsoft Azure. It is an online service which can be managed and accessed through a web browser and is also mobile compatible.
Users have the option of signing up to three different levels of service: a free community licence, a professional licence or an enterprise licence.
Alex and the Power BI Sentinel team have been explaining the benefits of the new software to data experts from across Europe at the four-day SQLBits conference in Manchester.