Creating Customizable Reports with LicenseAnalyzer and Power BI/Tableau 

One of the key features of Open iT’s LicenseAnalyzer is the ability to create customizable report templates and ad-hoc reports that suit your specific needs and preferences. You can use the LicenseAnalyzer built-in report designer to create and edit report templates, or you can connect the Open iT Analysis Server data to Power BI or Tableau, two popular business intelligence tools that offer more advanced data analysis and visualization capabilities. 

In this document, we will show you how to create customizable report templates and ad-hoc reports using LicenseAnalyzer and Power BI/Tableau.  

Power BI 

Follow the steps below to create custom reports in Power BI using data from the Open iT Analysis server: 

  1. To begin, navigate to the Home tab and select “Get Data” > “From Database,” then opt for “Analysis Services.”
Power BI - Getting Data From Analysis Services
  1. In the SQL Server Analysis Services database modal, indicate the Server and proceed by clicking “OK.”
Power BI - Specifying the Server
  1. Next, select the desired database and cube before clicking “OK” again.
Power BI - Specifying the Database and Cube
  1. To initiate a new visualization and create a basic report, drag a field onto the canvas.
Power BI - Filter Visualizations and Fields Panes

You can drag and drop the fields from the tables and views to the report canvas, apply filters, slicers, and formatting options, and choose from various visualizations such as charts, maps, tables, and matrices. 

You can also create calculated columns and measures using the DAX language to perform advanced calculations and aggregations on the data. 

To save your report, click File > Save As and give it a name. You can also export your report as a PDF or PowerPoint file.


Follow the instructions to connect Tableau to the Open iT Analysis Server and generate custom reports: 

  1. Open Tableau Desktop and select Open iT Connector as the data source. 
  1. Enter the server name and database name where the Open iT Analysis Server is installed. Click Connect
  1. Select the Application file from the database and drag it to the data pane. Click Update Now
  1. Wait for the data to load and then start creating your worksheets and dashboards. 
  1. Save your workbook and publish it to Tableau Server or Tableau Online. 
  1. Sign in to Tableau Server or Tableau Online and view and share your workbook with others in your organization. 

You can use Tableau’s features and functions to customize your data analysis and visualization. You can use different types of charts, filters, calculations, and parameters to explore your data in different ways. 

You can also format your workbook to match your branding and style preferences. You can change the colors, fonts, borders, backgrounds, and other elements of your visualization. 

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