Tag: Office 2013

Unpivot data using Microsoft Data Explorer

I have been really impressed with Microsoft Data Explorer the minute I had a chance to play with it as I was able to turn formatted Excel reports into legitimate data sources available for analysis. Fairly recently, an update to the tool delivered an uber critical feature that makes a huge impact on the world

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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

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PowerPivot File Size Limit in Excel 2013

This is more of a note to self as I am constantly self-confusing myself with how much data can be loaded into a PowerPivot model. Basically, there are two things to consider, version of office one is running and whether a SharePoint deployment option is required. First, whether one is running a 32 or a 64

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SAP vs. Microsoft, Information Assets vs. End User Experience positioning

If your company runs SAP, chances are the picture below represents your environment pretty well The black colors represent the existing investments/business processes and the size of the bubbles represents the effort/investment $$$. Your company has made a very large investment in the SAP back-end (ERP, BW, etc.) which is represented by a large black circle

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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

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Microsoft BI ranks highest in ability to execute by Gartner

Microsoft once again is ranked the highest in its ability to execute by Gartner in its magic quadrant for Business Intelligence.  The report is pretty long and boring, but if I were distill it down to a few salient points, I would choose the following: Companies see a dramatic improvement in BI capabilities going from

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Some comments on the CTP of the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 With PowerView For Multidimensional Models

I have had a pretty frustrating experience with it so far.  I think that the only way get it to work is to have it deployed as a SSRS Service Application inside SharePoint and then configure PowerView.  In other words, if you are planning to install a multidemensional instance of the CTP, install your OLAP cube

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PowerView Feature Comparisons

PowerView experience will be delivered across several Microsoft products: Excel (fat client) Excel Services (SharePoint) SharePoint – SQL Edition Office 365 PowerPoint I get a lot of questions as to what features are supported across all these deployment scenarios. Luckily Microsoft shared a slide that I will attempt to reproduce here that explains what features

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