Month: November 2014

SQL Server 2012 SP1 Version of ADOMD.NET is Required for Analysis Services Power Query Connector

Understandably, I was very excited to find Analysis Services as a supported Power Query data source as of November update of the product (those familiar with the Business Objects connector will find the interface to be very familiar). I am running SQL Server 2014 on my machine and have the corresponding version of the ADOMD.NET

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Power BI Tutorial: How to Use Single Date Dimension in Your Model (using USERELATIONSHIP() Function)

Let’s take a look at an unfortunately very familiar to most of us business scenario. A patient gets admitted to a hospital, spends several days there and then gets discharged (hopefully feeling much better 🙂 ). In this situation, we have two dates that describe this event, the date of being admitted and the date

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Power BI Tutorial: How to Create a Star Schema Model in Power BI and Power Pivot Using Power Query

Click Here to download this Tutorial file Very often our analysis starts with a flat data set that contains all of the pertinent columns in a single table that looks like the one above. As we can see, we can analyze this data using three different lenses or dimensions: Product Geography Date Unfortunately, if we

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What is Power BI?

I find it interesting that after it’s been out for a long while, and after some great attempts by non-Microsoft sources to provide an adequate definition, I am still struggling with being able to provide a succinct explanation of what Power BI is to my customers. My best attempt thus far has boiled down to

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