Skip to main content

SQL Server 2016 versus 2014 Business Intelligence Features

Hello, SQL Server 2016
Yesterday, Microsoft announced the release of SQL Server 2016 on June 1st of this year:  Along with performance benchmarks and a description of the new functionality, came the announcement of editions and features for the next release.

Good-bye, Business Intelligence Edition
The biggest surprise to me was the removal of the Business Intelligence edition that was initially introduced in SQL Server 2012.  Truthfully, it never seemed to fit in the environments where I worked, so I guess it makes sense.  Hopefully, fewer licensing options will make it easier for people to understand their licensing and pick the edition that works best for them.

Feature Comparison
Overall, the business intelligence services features included with each edition for SQL Server 2016 are fairly similar to SQL Server 2014.  Nothing has been "downgraded" from 2014, in that nothing previously included in Standard edition is now only in Enterprise edition.  A few features previously only in Enterprise edition are now included in Standard edition though!  And we gained a lot of new features across all the editions!  Here are the highlights as currently shared:
  • 2014 Enterprise features now in 2016 Standard:
    • Multidimensional DAX queries
    • BI Semantic Model for Tabular (except perspectives and DirectQuery storage modes) is now available in Standard edition
  • New features included in 2016 Enterprise:
    • Report Services mobile reports and KPIs
    • SQL Server Mobile Report Publisher (.rsmobile)
    • Power BI apps for mobile devices (iOS, Windows 10, Android) (.rsmobile)
  • New features included in 2016 Enterprise, Standard, and Express variations:
    • Integration Services Azure data source connectors and tasks and Hadoop / HDFS connectors and tasks
    • Reporting Services Pin report items to Power BI dashboards
Talk to the Licensing Folks
For all licensing question, contact your licensing specialist - they have the best information!  For detailed information to talk to them about, see:


gibsonherry said…
I found this blog after a long time which is really helpful to let understand different approaches. I am going to adopt these new point to my career and thankful for this help.
vSan 6 Advance for 1 processor
very nice post.... it was very helps to ssis training students.
Really it was an awesome article. very interesting to read. You have provided an nice article. Thanks for sharing this valuable information.
Are you wants to read more about Sql server 2016. We also provide sql training in delhi India. Visit us.
arjun said…
Please let me know if you’re looking for an author for your site. You have some great posts, and I think I would be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d like to write some material for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine. Please shoot me an email if interested. Thanks.
Surya Informatics
addendanalytics said…
The features of SQL Server 2016 and Business Intelligence 2014 are perfectly mentioned. Such a great article. Keep posting!
Well written article. Are you looking for best digital marketing services? No look further Avenir Digital Stories is the best digital marketing consultant in India which provide SEO,SMO, web design, corporate stationary, ads banner design and google ads services at an affordable price. Contact us for

best social media agency in Gurgaon, content marketing agency Gurgaon,
best digital marketing services in Delhi
Ziya said…
It is a significant and useful article . Thanks for sharing this informative post. Best software development in chennai
Arthur Wilson said…
During higher studies, students are supposed to deliver various assignments and projects along with their studies, and examinations. These projects and assignments require conceptual clarity, and their implementation in the practical world, and thus these works often become overwhelming for the students.
In order to assist them, Global Assignment Help provides them with quality assignments on-time. The experts of the organization are highly skilled and professional in their respective fields. By adding correct and precise conceptual information, with zero plagiarism, they are renowned for enhancing the quality of the assignments. By getting assistance from the firm, many students have gained benefit through the expert guidance, and secured good grades in their academics. The attractive price and 24/7 customer services of the organization makes them one of the best assignment help service providers in the world.
Thank you for sharing this informative blog post.
Math can seem impossible when doing homework late at night. My Assignment Help aims to make math homework less painful with their expert assignment help. A student struggling with fractions, decimals or geometry can get step-by-step explanations from a qualified tutor, helping you understand concepts and complete assignments on time. No more wasting evening hours on problems that seem hopeless alone - Maths Homework Help can provide the math assistance you need to make doing homework a bit more bearable.

Popular posts from this blog

SSIS Configuration to Configuration to Configuration Schema

I've gotten several requests to put down in writing the configuration schema that I use as the base of my SQL Server Integration Services framework. It contains a set of configurations: an indirect environment variable configuration, which points to an XML configuration file configuration, which points to a SQL Server configuration. I learned this configuration from the Project REAL Reference Implementation . If you're getting started with a BI implementation, I highly recommend that you download it for some great ideas and best practices. Steps to implement: 1) Create an environment variable on your machine with the name of SSIS_CONFIG_FILE and the value of: C:\SSIS\Config\MasterConfigFile.dtsConfig. 2) Create an SSIS configuration file at C:\ SSIS\Config\MasterConfigFile.dtsConfig with the line: <configuration valuetype="String" path="\Package.Connections[CONFIG_SERVER].Properties[ConnectionString]" configuredtype="Property"><configuredv

Execute SQL Task Designer Limit

After migrating a package from DTS to SSIS, I had a problem with an Execute SQL Task. I couldn't change any characters in the SQLStatement property; I couldn't add any new characters; I could delete characters, but not retype them! After googling several variations of "integration services" "read only" and "Execute SQL Task", I deleted about half of the entry in a fit of frustration. Lo and behold, I could type again. Apparently, there is limit on the size or number of characters that can be entered in the SQLStatement property. From my experimentation, I came up with a limit of 32767 characters. The interesting thing is that the restriction only seems to be on the designer. If you set the SourceType to "Variable" and use a variable that contains more than 32767 characters, the task will execute. Also, if you use the "Direct Input" SourceType and modify the package XML to set the SQLStatement longer than 32767 characters,

Reporting Services 2008 Configuration Mistake

To start working with the management side of SQL Server Reporting Services 2008, I decided to set up a report server and report manager. Unfortunately, I made a mistake while setting up my configuration that left me a little perplexed. Here are the steps I took to cause, track down, and solve the issue. Problem: I began by opening the Reporting Services Configuration Manager from the Start Menu. I clicked through each of the menu options and accepted the defaults for any question with a warning symbol, since warning symbol typically designate an action item. After two minutes, all of the warning symbols had disappeared, and I was ready to begin managing my report server. Unfortunately, opening up a browser and trying to open up the report manager resulted in the dreaded " The report server has encountered a configuration error. (rsServerConfigurationError) " message. Sherlock-ing it: I put on my sleuthing hat and went to the log file directory: C:\Program Files\Microsoft