What is Data Explorer
Data Explorer simplifies the data discovery phase for Excel users that are creating self-service Business Intelligence solutions. It does this by provided straightforward methods for connecting to data previously unheard of, without a developer, in Excel. It also provides a basic ETL tool for those involved… Read more
What is Inquire
The Inquire Add-in for Excel 2013 helps you analyze and review your workbooks for things like relationships, invalid formulas, and to compare .xlsx files for differences. Let’s take some time to review how to enable the add-in and then how to use it.
Enabling the Add-in
If… Read more
I’m very excited to announce that you can now purchase my latest release book:Knight’s Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Integration Services 24-Hour Trainer. The 24-Hour series of books offered by Wrox is a great way to get kick started into learning a new tool. Not only are the lessons… Read more
Did you attend PASS Summit and miss out on some sessions because there were so many or you were busy networking? Good news! The recordings are now available for free to watch streaming for all those who attended the conference now here.
If you weren’t an attendee you can… Read more
Life is finally returning to normal after a great week in Seattle for PASS Summit 2012. The entire year is basically other smaller events (still great events!) that occur to pass the time until Summit arrives. Like Ted Kummert said in the keynote on Wednesday PASS Summit is like a… Read more
Thanks to all who attended my webinar last Thursday on Building Dynamic Cube Reports. You can find my code
There are several reports in here that step you through the changes I made throughout the webinar.
Also, look for my upcoming SSRS Master Classes that will… Read more
Join me next week for a really fun presentation on building Dynamic SSRS
reports using Analysis Services cubes as a data source. This webinar will
demonstrate how you can use one of the underutilized features of Analysis
Services called Dynamic Management Views.
If you missed any of the great 24 hour of PASS sessions from September you
can now watch the recordings.
Details on my session can be found below:
Several weeks ago I posted a quick survey on my blog that asked how you choose a session to attend when you have so many options at conferences. Thought I’d share the results of the survey today.
I don’t think there’s anything surprising about it. Most people overwhelmingly responded that… Read more
Last week during my 24 Hours of PASS session on Choosing a Reporting Platform I fielded a question that appeared multiple times during the Q&A so I thought it would be worth post.
When using Power View in Excel 2013 the first thing you may notice is a screen like… Read more
Tomorrow Brian Knight and I will kick off 24 hours of PASS with a session on Choosing a Microsoft Reporting Platform. I hope you’re able to join use and indulge in the all day learnathon that PASS is putting on with great list of amazing speakers.
If you’ve never attended… Read more
Many of you have attended sessions by technical speakers at conferences and mini-conferences like SQL Saturday, SQL Rally, 24 Hours of PASS, PASS Summit and many other non-PASS affiliated conference.
You all have different reasons for attending a particular session so I thought it would be interesting to take a… Read more
September is another busy month of speaking events for me and I thought I’d share them with you so maybe I can see you at one of the events.
With all the great… Read more
Last Wednesday at Jacksonville SQL Server User Group (JSSUG) we held our annual Speaker Idol event. Read more about what the events all about here. The event was a success and the speakers all got some great feedback from our panel of experienced speakers (Eric Wisdahl, Jorge… Read more
The Jacksonville SQL Server User Group (JSSUG) has always encouraged new talent to be added to the pool of local speakers. That’s why tomorrow we will be hosting an annual event called Speaker Idol (I know the name isn’t very original don’t kill me!), which is for anyone that’s interested… Read more
Somehow I missed this gem that’s been around for quite a while so I thought I would share it in case anyone else has yet to see it. The Forward Engineer add-in is a really great open source project that allows Visio database diagrams you create to easily be converted… Read more
OLAP PivotTable Extensions is a really cool free add-in for Excel that’s been around for quite a while now. It allows you to have some exposure to what’s going on under the covers (Among many other features) while you browse a cube using an Excel PivotTable. This weekend there has… Read more
When SQL Server 2008 R2 was released several new Reporting Services expressions were made available that would help join multiple datasets together. Those functions were the Lookup Function, LookupSet Function and the MultiLookup Function. My general recommendation for these function is not to use them when you have… Read more
With the Office 2013 announcements today I was excited to download and get my hands on the tools. Because this is still a customer preview we’re bound to find things here and there that aren’t functioning as expected when experimenting with the Office tools.
The things I had on my… Read more
This has been reposted from a guest blog post I wrote on the Microsoft Business Intelligence team blog.
Fulfilling User Needs
Developing a Power View report has been touted as being so simple that within a handful of clicks you can add rather impressive elements, like effective visualizations, to… Read more