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 … Continue reading Microsoft BI ranks highest in ability to execute by Gartner
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 … Continue reading Some comments on the CTP of the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 With PowerView For Multidimensional Models
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 … Continue reading PowerView Feature Comparisons
Those who have been looking for new features in Microsoft Office 2013 have probably found the new Insert->Apps for Office button on the Ribbon. I have played around with these a little bit and have a few things to report. To get an idea of what Apps for Office are available, please check out this … Continue reading Apps for Office, specifically Office 2013
I will have a more detailed write-up of everything later but still wanted to give a quick summary of the new announcements: Updateable Column store – Project Hekaton will be released in the next major release of SQL Server and will allow us create updateable clustered column store indexes. This is huge, 20-50 performance increases … Continue reading Microsoft makes big announcements at SQL PASS
Just wanted to write a quick note about my first day of using Surface at work.. I used it extensively throughout the whole day, lots of internet browsing, a few Lync meetings, heavy emails. As of right now, the battery is at 58% without me charging it for the entire day. In fact I had … Continue reading A quick note on Surface RT battery life
Having gone through the RTM version of Microsoft Office 2013 RTM I cannot find any material differences from the Preview version. The two major (although not really feature related) differences are speed and stability (both revised significantly upwards).