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

Forrester Releases “Self-Service Business Intelligence Platforms” report, Microsoft identified as leader

Well, a leader and not the leader, although Microsoft BI stack is definitely ranked very high by Forrester.  Please follow this link to read the report. This is probably a little bit of old news, since the report was release in June and updated in the middle of July, but I figured it be a … Continue reading Forrester Releases “Self-Service Business Intelligence Platforms” report, Microsoft identified as leader

Choosing a Tabular or Multidimensional model in SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services

Many great discussions are taking place about the future of the Multidimensional mode for the Analysis Services.  It is very clear where the majority of the investment went for the 2012 version (hint... think rows and columns and not multidimensional).  At the same time, one might argue that the traditional or Multidimensional set of features is already … Continue reading Choosing a Tabular or Multidimensional model in SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services

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