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James is currently a Senior Business Intelligence Architect/Developer and has over 20 years of IT experience. James started his career as a software developer, then became a DBA 12 years ago, and for the last five years he has been working extensively with Business Intelligence using the SQL Server BI stack (SSAS, SSRS, and SSIS). James has been at times a permanent employee, consultant, contractor, and owner of his own business. All these experiences along with continuous learning has helped James to develop many successful data warehouse and BI projects. James has earned the MCITP Business Developer 2008, MCITP Database Administrator 2008, and MCITP Database Developer 2008, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. His blog is at .

Power Query Preview December Update

Microsoft keep turning out updates to Power Query.  For December, some of the new features (download):

  • Connection to three more data sources: Sybase IQ, Exchange, and Dynamics CRM Online
  • When using the Navigator pane in the Power Query search, it will automatically detect database relationships
  • You can share your query from the query fly-out
  • More Query Editor ribbon buttons were added: Fill Down, Sort Ascending/Descending and Number Transformations
  • A new Certified button was added to the search ribbon so you can filter the search results to only show certified results

And changes to the Admin Center and Data Management Gateway:

One other interesting mention is that Power Q&A, where users type ad-hoc questions and the system provides them with answers in the form of interactive charts and graphs, will this week be enabled to have the ability to explore your own data.  As of now you can just use the demo workbooks.

More info:

One Step Closer to Simplifying Data Analysis and Visualization, New Features Added to Power BI for Office 365 and Power Query Add-in for Excel Preview

What’s new in Power BI

Thoughts on December 2013 Power Query Updates

Power Query now imports relationships #powerquery #powerpivot

Dynamics CRM Online in Power Query

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