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Microsoft DataZen Mobile Platform Available to SQL Server Enterprise Customers for Free

Last month Microsoft announced that they had acquired the DataZen mobile BI platform and were adding it to their enterprise BI product suite. This is very exciting news that rounds out the Microsoft BI capabilities of their entire product portfolio. What’s more, is that they plan to make if free…

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0 comments, 139 reads

Posted in SQL Server BI Blog on 5 May 2015

DataZen Dashboards Update

I’ve spend a good three days on and off working with the new “Microsoft” DataZen dashboard tool and I think this is going to be significant addition to the enterprise BI offering. It’s not quick and easy to setup the server, configure data sources, data view queries and design dashboards…

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10 comments, 175 reads

Posted in SQL Server BI Blog on 29 April 2015

Microsoft DataZen Mobile Platform Available to Enterprise Customers for Free

Last week Microsoft announced that they had acquired the DataZen mobile BI platform and were adding it to their enterprise BI product suite. This is very exciting news that rounds out the Microsoft BI capabilities of their entire product portfolio. What’s more, is that they plan to make if free…

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2 comments, 126 reads

Posted in SQL Server BI Blog on 26 April 2015

SQL Server 2014 Upgrade Sessions on the Microsoft Virtual Academy

It was a great honor to be asked to join my associates from SolidQ at the Microsoft Virtual Academy Studios in Redmond and talk about how to upgrade to SQL Server 2012 and 2014.  These recordings, which are also on my YouTube Channel, include the material I covered in these…

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0 comments, 123 reads

Posted in SQL Server BI Blog on 12 April 2015

Some Thoughts About Microsoft’s Cloud Platform Roadmap

There have been a lot of changes in and around Microsoft in the past few months.  Under the leadership of Satya Nadella, the push toward “cloud first” and “mobile first” services, things are stirred-up a bit right now.  I have to admit that having worked with consulting clients who can’t,…

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1 comments, 191 reads

Posted in SQL Server BI Blog on 4 February 2015

Power BI Workshop Videos

I’ve created a series of five tutorial videos for a set of workshops I’ll be doing at several events this year.  The workshop is available from an hour-long quick demo to a full-day, hands-on workshop with a hosted lab environment in the cloud.  The series teaches how to create a…

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4 comments, 197 reads

Posted in SQL Server BI Blog on 29 January 2015

New Power BI Preview and Pricing

Some exciting announcements were made today about the new Power BI cloud-based business analytics service.  Today Power BI is an add-on service for Office 365 that requires an enterprise-level license – about $50 per user per month.  Data transformation queries, data models and dashboard visualizations are all created using add-in…

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0 comments, 172 reads

Posted in SQL Server BI Blog on 28 January 2015

How to resolve connection errors when loading data in SSAS Tabular project

This post actually applies to both multidimensional (cube) projects and Tabular projects which manage data source connectivity in a similar fashion.  The multidimensional design experience is different but the mechanics of the SSAS engine are essentially the same. When loading data from a SQL Server data source into a Tabular…

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1 comments, 150 reads

Posted in SQL Server BI Blog on 9 January 2015

Power BI Semantic Model Supports Many-to-Many Relationships

Is is possible to duplicate the same many-to-many relationship behavior in VertiPaq that we have in SSAS multidimensional? Since Tabular model projects were introduced in SQL Server 2012, one of the major blocking points for adaption has been the lack of out-of-the-box support for many-to-many relationships.  I’ve been using, demonstrating…

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0 comments, 161 reads

Posted in SQL Server BI Blog on 5 January 2015

Power BI Semantic Model Supports Many-to-Many Relationships

Is is possible to duplicate the same many-to-many relationship behavior in VertiPaq that we have in SSAS multidimensional? Since Tabular model projects were introduced in SQL Server 2012, one of the major blocking points for adaption has been the lack of out-of-the-box support for many-to-many relationships.  I’ve been using, demonstrating…

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0 comments, 188 reads

Posted in SQL Server BI Blog on 5 January 2015

New Power BI stand-alone Designer, Dashboards, APIs & iOS App

This week Microsoft announced the availability of Power BI Dashboards and the browser-based dashboard designer.  What is it and why is it important?  The most significant thing about it is that report and dashboard users do not need to have Excel 2013 ProPlus edition or an Office 365 subscription to…

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0 comments, 284 reads

Posted in SQL Server BI Blog on 20 December 2014

Drill-through to Details from Reporting Services to Excel

Can an SSRS report be designed to drill-through to an Excel workbook in-context (showing only the same filtered detail data)? I have to admit that I have been chasing this solution for a few years now before I was motivated enough to work it through to a viable result. More…

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2 comments, 431 reads

Posted in SQL Server BI Blog on 1 December 2014

SQL Server Upgrade Preconference at PASS Summit 2014

Please join my associates and I for an all-day SQL Server Upgrade workshop on November 3rd If you are planning an upgrade to a newer version of SQL Server, you won’t want to miss this all-day, preconference workshop. Join John Martin, Sr. Technology Evangelist from Microsoft, will spend the morning…

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0 comments, 229 reads

Posted in SQL Server BI Blog on 21 October 2014

Adding and Displaying Comments to Power Pivot Results in an Excel Pivot Table

Requirement: Allow users to enter comments after they review results from a Power Pivot model and then show the comment text in the Pivot Table report results. Here’s a quick example of the final result. My example uses Flintstones characters in-place of employee or customer names and a simple measure…

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2 comments, 462 reads

Posted in SQL Server BI Blog on 6 October 2014

SQL Server MVP for a Sixth Year

Thank you to the Microsoft MVP Program for awarding me MVP for six years running!  I love this program and look forward to another year of great community events and opportunities to advise and mentor.  This year I had the privilege to speak at numerous SQL Saturdays, conferences and user…

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6 comments, 186 reads

Posted in SQL Server BI Blog on 5 October 2014

So What the Heck is Power BI?

The other day a secondary family member said “we’re still on Microsoft 2010”. Another said “My friend is using Windows 2003 and can’t open a document I sent”. They were apparently talking about versions of Office products. I get so deeply engrained in the Microsoft Business Intelligence community culture that…

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1 comments, 278 reads

Posted in SQL Server BI Blog on 6 August 2014

Remembering Reed Jacobson

I just received some bad news and found out that a friend passed away today. Reed Jacobson was one of the early leaders in the Microsoft Business Intelligence community. Somewhere around 2004-2008 I worked with Reed at Hitachi Consulting in Seattle where we travelled, taught classes and worked on client…

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11 comments, 226 reads

Posted in SQL Server BI Blog on 16 July 2014

Business Intelligence Roles and Team Composition

On Business Intelligence projects of all sizes, the composition of the team is a crucial element for success. What is the organization of a functional BI team? How do the individual roles and disciplines contribute to a successful outcome? How is team composition different for self-service and business-owned BI projects?…

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Posted in SQL Server BI Blog on 17 June 2014

SSAS Performance Logger Now Available

I’ve created a simple query performance logging tool for Analysis Services, called the SSAS Performance Logger.  The tool allows you to navigate through the metadata for a tabular model and select from measures and table attributes to build a simple query which is executed and timed.  The query can be…

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5 comments, 233 reads

Posted in SQL Server BI Blog on 3 June 2014

What Does it Cost to Implement a Business Intelligence Project?

Someone recently asked me through LinkedIn how much it would cost to implement a BI project with Microsoft tools.  This is a big question that can’t easily be answered without understanding the variables of scale, complexity, user and business requirements.  My knee jerk reaction to a question like this is…

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2 comments, 442 reads

Posted in SQL Server BI Blog on 17 May 2014

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