Month: June 2012

How to limit values in PivotTable filters in Excel

Excel 2010 is tightly integrated with SharePoint which allows users to author their reports in Excel and then simply save them in SharePoint so that they can be subsequently rendered to everybody else as a web page using Excel Services.  Unfortunately, not all features of Excel can be rendered; some of them generate warnings but

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SQL Reporting on Azure goes GA, PowerView not available in cloud

Microsoft has just announced that Windows Azure SQL Reporting is Generally Available.  A quick glance on the Guidelines and Limitations reveals that the released functionality is mainly based on the SQL Server 2008 R2 stack, which means that PowerView is not available in the cloud yet.

Bubble Charts in Excel and Excel Services

Creating Bubble Charts is one of the biggest challenges in Excel and Excel Services with respect to data visualization.  Microsoft made it very intuitive in PowerView and very not intuitive in Excel.  Frankly, the way this functionality is implemented in Excel makes it practically unusable.  Rumor has it that this area is getting a lot

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Improving performance of Excel reports against Analysis Services

I will start this post with a bit of a rant. There are two types of people in the Business Intelligence world: Those who do not like Excel Those who do Most of the right-click-hating low tech users belong to the first category (they are also usually the same people who like bubble gum and

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PowerView in Windows 8 Release Preview

I was eagerly awaiting the new Release Preview of Windows 8 as I was hoping it would address some of the shortcomings with respect to the Microsoft BI Stack and Windows 8 that I blogged about before.  One of the new features introduced in to the IE 10 was Flash support.  I have not read

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