Tag: Cloud

What is Power BI?

I find it interesting that after it’s been out for a long while, and after some great attempts by non-Microsoft sources to provide an adequate definition, I am still struggling with being able to provide a succinct explanation of what Power BI is to my customers. My best attempt thus far has boiled down to

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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

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What is the Microsoft Power BI connector for SAP?

I have been getting some questions about it recently so I decided to write a few lines in addition to what’s now available on the Power BI site. Here is a list of some key points about the tool: No middle-ware components are necessary to provide the connectivity between Excel and the Business Objects server.

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HTML5 and Anonymous access in Power BI… or check out the new Demo Gallery

I don’t expect that anyone will be blown away, at least initially, with the new demo gallery now available on the Microsoft Power BI site because to a business user, the content of those demos will look a little difficult to relate to if not a little nonsensical. Zany layouts aside, there is, however, a

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What is Power BI Gateway?

After I wrote the step by step guide on integrating on premise data with Power BI models I realized that I actually dispensed some bad advice. The basic premise of the post was to demonstrate how one may use Power Query to source data into a Power Pivot model in a very elegant way (at

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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

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Getting back in the game…

I have not been posting much on the site in the last few months. This lack of activity was attributed to predominantly two things: A) My summer got really busy with my primary revenue generating activities and B) There was really not whole lot going on in the MS BI space that I felt I

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A quick rant on Power BI, #confused….

There are now scores of blogs and web articles available that do a great job of introducing Power BI (a good example can be found here) so there is little value in re-hashing it in this post. I do, however, want to reflect and pontificate a bit on this announcement. The most important piece of

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SQL Reporting on Azure goes GA, PowerView not available in cloud

Microsoft has just announced that Windows Azure SQL Reporting is Generally Available.  A quick glance on the Guidelines and Limitations reveals that the released functionality is mainly based on the SQL Server 2008 R2 stack, which means that PowerView is not available in the cloud yet.