I have been spending more and more time with my Windows 8 Tablet. As I have mentioned numerous times before, there is a lot to like about it. My Samsung Series 7 is running a lot better after I installed the latest drivers for Windows 8 that were just released by Samsung, with touch input being the
Month: March 2012
great article about Column store indexes and best practices around them
Windows 8 Consumer Preview comes with a map application pre-installed, however today I tried to look up an address using Google Maps. Unfortunately, Google Maps are useless on a Windwos 8 Tablet without using a mouse. Zooming on the map does not chagne the scale of the map but rather zooms in on the actual image of
PowerView is getting a lot of good press lately. I personally love it because this is the first data visualization tool available from Microsoft that actually looks good… I don’t mean in a functional sense, PerformancePoint is far superior in terms of functionality. PowerView looks good, esthetically pleasing, which is hard to say about PerformancePoint.
Finally got around to testing whether Microsoft PowerView will run on Windows 8 Consumer Preview. I am running the new Microsoft’s operating system on my Samsung Series 7 tablet and, generally speaking, I am very satisfied with most of the new features. Mobility is one of the few major holes in Microsoft’s BI stack, so I
Microsoft is working on another tool called Data Explorer. According to the this page, the tool is supposed to assist in finding data as well as combining data from different and potentially incompatible sources. It comes in both desktop and cloud versions. I have been playing with the desktop version a little bit and I
The book can be downloaded in PDF , mobi (Kindle) or epub (sony reader) formats… The book does a really good job introducing such new features of Microsoft SQL Server as Data Quality Services, Master Data Services, PowerView and BI Semantic Model.. and it’s free, definitely a good idea to make it part of your technical library. If this sounds like too good of a
I spent quite a bit of time today troubleshooting a very annoying issue with MDS, which turned out to be a total user error. For the longest time I could not figure out why my MDS users could not connect to my MDS models. The confusion stems from the fact that even though you can
Data alerts is one of the most exciting new features of SQL Server 2012 that allows users set up alerts based on Reporting Services reports. These alerts generate email notifications bases on the query parameters specified. Several things need to be configured in order to enable this functionality: Report Datasources must use stored user credentials..
Maybe review is too ambitious of a word, so let’s think of this as more of a first impression. I have been using Windows 8 Consumer Preview for a couple of weeks now and I think I have finally gathered a statistically significant number of observations to share. Here they are in no particular order: