Category Archives: Power Pivot

Power BI for Office 365 requirements

“Power BI” is an umbrella name for a lot of products, which I explain at Power BI first impressions (also I have a video at Power BI for Office 365 video).  Power BI is an Office 365 marketing offering (see pricing).  Each of … Continue reading

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Power BI for Office 365 video

A demonstration of Power BI for Office 365, showing you how all the various tools and technologies work together: Power Query, Power Pivot, Power View, Power Map, Power BI sites, Data Management, Power BI Admin center, Power BI for mobile, … Continue reading

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Power BI first impressions

I have been using Power BI the past few weeks (see my video of all the features) after I was invited by Microsoft to test the Power BI for Office 365 Preview (register here).  I have to say I am extremely impressed. … Continue reading

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Power BI for Office 365

Announced at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference 2013 is Power BI for Office 365: Power BI for Office 365 is a cloud-based business intelligence (BI) solution that enables customers to easily gain insights from their data, working within Excel to analyze and visualize … Continue reading

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Microsoft BI tools: How they use data sources

A quick list of how each of these Microsoft BI tools handles the two data sources “SQL Server” (relational-based) and “Analysis Services” (cubed-based, which can be the multidimensional model or the tabular model).  Note that any reporting tool that supports the … Continue reading

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SQL Server 2012: Tabular Models vs PowerPivot Models

In SQL Server 2012, there is a new data model, called tabular, that is part of the new feature called the Business Intelligence Semantic Model (BISM).  BISM also includes the multidimensional model (formally called the UDM). The Tabular model is based on … Continue reading

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End-User Microsoft BI Tools – Clearing up the confusion

Given two types of underlying data sources (a data warehouse and a OLAP cube built from the data warehouse) there are many different possible presentation layers (client tools) that serve different user communities with varying usage profiles.  There is a … Continue reading

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SQL Server 2012 (“Denali”): PowerPivot

Version 2 of PowerPivot (download) is being made available with SQL Server 2012.  There are many new features, and my top 5 are: Diagram View – Instead of looking at the defined relationships in a list format, v2 allows you to view the … Continue reading

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