Tag: SAP

Teradata, DB2, Folder and Many Others Now Supported via Power Query in Power BI Gateway

This is a biggie… a great number of new data sources is now supported for data refresh via a Power BI Gateway. Please follow this link for details. SAP Business Objects is not yet supported. I am particularly impressed with ability to refresh from folder (please note, only CSV files are supported, a folder full

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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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How to think strategic about Business Intelligence

Many people reach out to me asking for advice in helping them evaluate various BI platforms for their companies. In my mind I am obviously the wrong guy to ask as I am not shy to admit my fairly heavy bias towards Microsoft.  However, over the course of the last twenty years, I have been exposed

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SAP Hana vs Microsoft SQL Server, the war is on…

and the Germans are making the first move… I have written two posts about Hana vs. xVelocity (Part I and Part II) making the basic point that there is nothing truly visionary or revolutionary in SAP Hana from the technology perspective and that a customer can get all the benefits (or rather alleged benefits as

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SAP HANA versus Microsoft Business Intelligence and xVelocity, take two…

Not surprisingly, my original post generated huge traffic to my blog as well as a couple of good comments. I am sorry that it took me a while to respond, but now that it is Saturday and I am at Starbucks,I don’t really have any excuse not to respond anymore… Before I jump into a

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SAP HANA versus Microsoft Business Intelligence and xVelocity

This will be in a long rant format as I am still trying to organize my thoughts around this subject. Before I start comparing and contrasting the two vendors, I just wanted to make a quick statement to get something off my chest: Generally speaking, HANA is a good business decision for SAP as it

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