A start-up company has released an online beta version of a program intended to provide “snapshot” reports of Microsoft Project data. Project Intelligence, an online release from ShareAdvance, captures project data on a scheduled basis or on-demand to feed into Power BI, Microsoft’s free data visualization tool.

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According to the company, the application was developed to give customers faster and easier access to Project Online and Project Server data, using a database hosted in Microsoft Azure and Power Query for data access. Power Query (now called Get & Transform in Excel 2016) is an add-in that enhances Excel’s business intelligence functionality by simplifying data discovery, access and collaboration.

The software is available in two versions:

  • The “basic” edition captures project data and allows access to current state information; and
  • The “advanced” version adds the ability to capture any project data field and store it on a regular basis — hourly, daily, weekly or monthly — for trend reporting and predictive analytics.

“We are particularly excited about the ability of Microsoft Power BI to allow for easy visualization of very complex data — though our Power Query model can be used with many visualization solutions,” said Chief Technology Officer, Mike Hardy, in a prepared statement. “We can now have a Project Online customer up and running in about 15 minutes within the Microsoft Azure infrastructure.”