Power BI Smart Narrative Visual Review – Is It Ready for Primetime???

Lots of good announcements for Power BI happened this week. One piece of technology I was looking forward to was Smart Narratives visual. You will have to download the latest version of Power BI desktop and then go to Options and enable it there. After that you can add a Smart Narrative visual by either … Continue reading Power BI Smart Narrative Visual Review – Is It Ready for Primetime???

Optimizing Azure Analysis Services Partitions for Azure Data Warehouse External Tables

Recently, I had a chance to work with Azure Analysis Services (AS) sourcing data from Azure Data Warehouse (DW) external tables. Optimizing the processing of the Azure Analysis Services partitions to use with the Azure DW external tables is a bit different from working with the regular (physical) data tables, and I will discuss the … Continue reading Optimizing Azure Analysis Services Partitions for Azure Data Warehouse External Tables

Quirks of Visual Studio Query Editor working with Analysis Services

Visual Studio 2017 and the SQL Server Data Tool (SSDT), a tool that comes with Visual Studio, finally integrates the now familiar Query Editor (Power Query) capability to work with the Analysis Services Tabular Model. Query Editor is a data ingestion and transformation tool used by Excel Power Pivot as well as Power BI. Now, … Continue reading Quirks of Visual Studio Query Editor working with Analysis Services

Few thoughts on the SQL Server 2014 launch event in San Francisco

I just finished watching the hosted customer even in San Francisco where the Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, COO Kevin Turner, CVP of Data Platform Group Quentin Clark and the SQL Server Product Marketing GM Eron Kelly officially introduced the new release of the SQL Server 2014. In this post I am not going to give … Continue reading Few thoughts on the SQL Server 2014 launch event in San Francisco

Microsoft self-service BI on premise vs cloud

It appears that Satya Nadella has added an additional layer of context to the already ambitious Microsoft strategy of transforming itself into a "devices and services" company by declaring that "Going forward, it's a mobile-first, cloud-first world". I believe that it is safe to assume that in the near future, the roadmap of every Microsoft … Continue reading Microsoft self-service BI on premise vs cloud

Kerberos Configuration Manager for SQL Server

Anybody who has had to worry about implementing security in a SharePoint environment has at some point run into challenges with impersonating end users and passing their credentials all the way to the analysis services cube for authorization. The dreaded two hop challenges necessitated having to implement Kerberos authentication which has caused a lot of … Continue reading Kerberos Configuration Manager for SQL Server

Microsoft BI ranks highest in ability to execute by Gartner

Microsoft once again is ranked the highest in its ability to execute by Gartner in its magic quadrant for Business Intelligence.  The report is pretty long and boring, but if I were distill it down to a few salient points, I would choose the following: Companies see a dramatic improvement in BI capabilities going from … Continue reading Microsoft BI ranks highest in ability to execute by Gartner

SAP Hana vs Microsoft SQL Server, the war is on…

and the Germans are making the first move... I have written two posts about Hana vs. xVelocity (Part I and Part II) making the basic point that there is nothing truly visionary or revolutionary in SAP Hana from the technology perspective and that a customer can get all the benefits (or rather alleged benefits as … Continue reading SAP Hana vs Microsoft SQL Server, the war is on…