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

How to configure on premise access in Power BI and use Power Query to load on premise data into Power Pivot

In this post I will walk you through all the steps necessary to expose your on premise enterprise data to your Power BI users of Power Query in Excel and also will demonstrate how to source that data into a Power Pivot workbook. I am not going to give you too much theory, rather, I … Continue reading How to configure on premise access in Power BI and use Power Query to load on premise data into Power Pivot

Modeling financial scenarios tutorial available from Microsoft

Kasper de Jonge has recently posted a PowerPivot model, Access database with some financial data and a white paper that provides what I think is the absolutely best way to jump start a BI initiative focused on implementing financial metrics and KPIs. Please find the overview and the download link here. This is an absolute … Continue reading Modeling financial scenarios tutorial available from Microsoft

GeoFlow is going public

The public preview of GeoFlow is now available here http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/download-geoflow-for-excel-FX104036784.aspx I would definitely grab the "Data Explorer" plug in while I were there...(also available here http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel/download-data-explorer-for-excel-FX104018616.aspx) There are plenty of reviews and good tutorials of both products available elsewhere, but in the coming few days I will try to write about where I think these … Continue reading GeoFlow is going public

SAP Visual Intelligence vs. Microsoft PowerPivot and PowerView

In this post I will review the latest version of SAP Visual Intelligence – 1.08 – and see how it stacks up against the Microsoft self-service BI tools, Excel, PowerPivot and PowerView. In the initial release, Visual Intelligence only supported SAP Hana, but in its latest iteration few other data sources are supported: CSV File … Continue reading SAP Visual Intelligence vs. Microsoft PowerPivot and PowerView