Publishing Microsoft Power BI to an On-Premise Server
Publishing Power BI to an on-premises server is hugely desired by the community and it's front and center on the Microsoft BI roadmap. Given the rapid release approach with Power BI, we expect to see this functionality released by the end of 2016. Until the functionality is introduced, Pyramid Service could be an option.
Here is insight into Microsoft's BI roadmap: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/dataplatforminsider/2015/10/29/microsoft-business-intelligence-our-reporting-roadmap//. Two weeks ago, Microsoft announced its actively begun development on publishing Power BI to an on-premise server, here's more info: https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/7948020-powerbi-reports-and-dashboard-on-premise-hosting
Given we expect the functionality shortly, we recommend you start getting familiar with how the Power BI platform works now. If you begin work on the platform now, you could have your models developed and ready for deployment by the time this feature is available.
Pyramid Server is an on-premises solution for publishing Power BI models, but there are some big caveats:
- It's still being built out
- You have to have a license for Pyramid Server (a third-party solution)
- It only works with Power BI solutions that use live connections to on-premises analysis services solutions
There have been Pyramid functionality updates to Power BI in the last couple of months, so it remains to be seen what exact role Pyramid may play alongside upcoming on-premises SSRS deployment support. You can read more in these documents:
- Thoughts on the Microsoft Pyramid Power BI Deal: https://blog.crossjoin.co.uk/2015/07/23/thoughts-on-the-microsoftpyramid-power-bi-deal/
- First Look at Pyramids On-Premises Power BI Integration: https://blog.crossjoin.co.uk/2016/05/09/first-look-at-pyramids-on-premises-power-bi-integration/
In our recorded webinar, Choosing the Right Microsoft BI Tool for the Job, we give a demonstration of Power BI and discuss Microsoft’s roadmap for BI.