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  • BI Announcements at PASS Summit 2014 #sqlpass #powerbi #powerpivot

    This morning the PASS Summit 2014 started in Seattle and during the keynote there was several announcements from Microsoft. I’m considering here only the ones about Business Intelligence (you will find other blogs around about SQL Server). In the coming months, Azure SQL Database will get new features such as column-store indexes, ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on November 5, 2014
  • Tips for adapting Date table to Power View forecasting #powerview #powerbi

    During the keynote of the PASS Business Analytics Conference, Amir Netz presented the new forecasting capabilities in Power View for Office 365. I immediately tried the new feature (which was immediately available, a welcome surprise in a Microsoft announcement for a new release) and I had several issues trying to use existing data models. The ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on May 20, 2014
  • Excel 2013 stand-alone now includes #powerpivot

    This time Microsoft listened to the many complaints received since Excel 2013 release and the stand-alone version of Excel now includes Power Pivot and Power View! This is a very important news because there were customer who didn’t upgrade from Excel 2010 to Excel 2013 just because they would have lost the Power Pivot add-in! This news ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on August 19, 2013
  • New PowerPivot 2013 book available! #excel #powerpivot

    Our new book about PowerPivot 2013 is finally available in printed edition, too! The title is Microsoft Excel 2013: Building Data Models with PowerPivot and it is a partial rewriting of the previous book about PowerPivot for Excel 2010. In the previous book we had a target audience that included advanced Excel users and BI developers, because at ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on April 2, 2013
  • End of 2012 and news in 2013 for #PowerPivot, #ssas #tabular and BI

    This year is going to end, Maya failed their predictions and while this is bad for predictive industry, it’s also good for all of us! We’ve seen many news in Microsoft BI stack: Excel 2013 has been RTM’d – its General Availability is expected in early 2013 but many early adopters are already using it daily (myself included) PowerPivot and ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on December 27, 2012
  • Olympics data available for all on Windows Azure SQL Database and Power View

    Are you looking around for some decent test data for your BI demos? Well, if so, Microsoft have provided some data about all medals won at the Olympics Games (1900 to 2008) at OlympicsData workbook - Excel, SSIS, Azure sample; it provides analysis over athletes, countries, medal type, sport, discipline and various other dimensions. The data has ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on November 29, 2012
  • PASS Summit 2012: keynote and Mobile BI announcements #sqlpass

    Today at PASS Summit 2012 there have been several announcements during the keynote. Moreover, other news have not been highlighted in the keynote but are equally if not more important for the BI community. Let’s start from the big news in the keynote (other details on SQL Server Blog): Hekaton: this is the codename for in-memory OLTP ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on November 7, 2012
  • Power View in SkyDrive revisited

      Three days ago I wrote a rather scathing blog post Power View in SkyDrive where I criticised Microsoft’s collaboration story in Excel 2013 in its various guises. I said then: I clicked on one of those workbooks in order to view it in my web browser and I saw this: “Unable to load the requested workbook” Oh, did they ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on August 2, 2012
  • Power View in SkyDrive

    UPDATE 02/08/2012,  I have written an important follow-up to this blog post at Power View in SkyDrive revisited which has better news than what I have written below. Please read that blog post as well as this one. Sean Boon has begun an interesting blog series where he is analysing data from the Olympics using using Power View in ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on July 30, 2012
  • Analysis Services Tabular books #ssas #tabular

    Many people are looking for books about Analysis Services Tabular. Today there are two books available and they complement each other: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services: The BISM Tabular Model by Marco Russo, Alberto Ferrari and Chris Webb Applied Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services: Tabular Modeling by Teo Lachev The ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on July 9, 2012
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