Choosing between PerformancePoint, PowerView, Excel Services and Reporting Services for your data visualizations

Even though PowerView is the only Microsoft Data Visualization tool that is new on that list, it appears that there is some confusion as to how these four options compare with each other.  The topic is pretty big, so it will probably take me a few tries to get it done right, but here is the first … Continue reading Choosing between PerformancePoint, PowerView, Excel Services and Reporting Services for your data visualizations

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

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.. … Continue reading Configuring SQL Server 2012 Data Alerts

Drillable charts in Mcrosoft Office 15

I believe that Microsoft has delivered a very solid release with SQL Server 2012.  I love MDS V2, I am giddy with excitement about columnstore indexes (still trying to hunt down any hints that would substantiate the claimed availability of this technology for Analysis Services), I think that PowerView will be a huge success, although … Continue reading Drillable charts in Mcrosoft Office 15