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SQL Server 2012 (“Denali”): PowerPivot

Version 2 of PowerPivot (download) is being made available with SQL Server 2012.  There are many new features, and my top 5 are:

Diagram View – Instead of looking at the defined relationships in a list format, v2 allows you to view the relationships in a diagram.  This makes it much easier to view how all the data fits together

KPIs – You can now create Key Performance Indicators

Hierarchies – There is now functionality to model parent-child relationships along with a PATH function to display the path of a parent-child relationship in a delimited format

Perspectives – You can define subsets of a model to provide a simplified view for the end-user (same as in SSAS)

Sort by Other Column – Allows for sorting one column by another column within the same table.  For example, the month name column can be sorted by the month number column

More info:

SQL Server 2012 PowerView and PowerPivot v2

What’s new in PowerPivot for Excel with SQL Server Code Name “Denali” CTP3

What’s New in PowerPivot

Video What’s New in Microsoft SQL Server Code-Named “Denali” for SQL Server Analysis Services and PowerPivot

Microsoft PowerPivot Code-Named “Denali” CTP3 Release Notes

Using PerformancePoint Services (PPS) with PowerPivot SQL Server 2012 RC0

Using the Calculation Area and DAX in SQL Server 2012


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