Google Docs can access data from BigQuery
I don’t know how I missed this news from last week (luckily I saw it relayed here), but this is important: Google have announced that you’ll be able to access data stored in BigQuery direct from Google Docs:
I’ve been following BigQuery and Google’s BI efforts for a while, and it looks like it’s only a matter of time before they have something resembling a pivot table built into a Google Docs spreadsheet – and that would be a very significant development in the world of web-based BI. Think about it: vast amounts of data stored in BigQuery, accessible through a SQL-like interface and able to be queried very quickly; a spreadsheet on the front; all that’s needed is some kind of OLAP-like-layer in between to make it easy for end users to build their own queries. And Google have done similar things to what’s necessary here with Fusion Tables and their collaboration with Panorama.
Microsoft really need an answer to this. We know SSAS in the cloud is coming, and we have the Excel web app, but again we need pivot table support in the web app to complete the picture (see here and here for more discussion on this topic). I hope it comes soon!