Category: Self Service BI

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

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Microsoft Data Explorer

Microsoft is working on another tool called Data Explorer. According to the this page, the tool is supposed to assist in finding data as well as combining data from different and potentially incompatible sources. It comes in both desktop and cloud versions. I have been playing with the desktop version a little bit and I

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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

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Breakthrough Insights using Microsoft SQL Server 2012 – Analysis Services

Not sure if anybody is using Microsoft Virtual Academy.. if you are not – you should… What’s the compelling event? Well, 7 freshly minted modules have just been posted for our perusal: Developing and Managing a BI Semantic Model Configuring and Securing Complex BI Applications in SharePoint Enriching your BI Semantic Models with Data Analysis

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Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Virtual Labs

Microsoft has posted 16 virtual labs online. The labs cover three major areas: Business Intelligence Mission Critical Operations Database Management Those of us who are trying to jump start Self Service BI in our organizations should checkout the following three: Creating a PowerPivot Model and Report in the Excel Client Defining DAX Calculations with Microsoft

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Parent Child in PowerPivot

Kasper de Jonge posted a great article about building PowerPivot hierarchies against dimension tables that implement parent/child relatioship… Basically, a new PATH() DAX function is used to build a string that contains a path from the leaf to the top parent level member in the hierarchy and then a PathItem() function is used for each

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