Month: March 2012

Using Microsoft PerformancePoint PowerView Excel Services on Windows 8 Tablet

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

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PowerView in PerformancePoint

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. 

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PowerView on Windows 8 Consumer Preview

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

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Microsoft Data Explorer

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

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Free technical book “Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012” is available for download

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

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Configuring Security for Microsoft Master Data Services in SQL Server 2012

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

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Configuring SQL Server 2012 Data Alerts

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..

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