Examining Geo Data with Excel 2013 Power View

I was first exposed to data visualization on maps while working on an anti-piracy project for a software company.  Our efforts included layering multiple levels of information both automated and manually collected onto Bing maps.  Seeing the collaboration of data points on the same map gave insight to the intensity and impact of digital piracy on both region/sub-region levels where KPIs could...

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The Top 3 Reasons to Deploy PowerPivot to SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS)

Microsoft’s PowerPivot add-in to Excel (2010 and 2013) is a powerful tool for business users to combine multiple types of data sources into a single pivot table. Leveraging technology shared by Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) OLAP solutions, PowerPivot provides aggregated data filterable by a common set of attributes, which can be designed by users without having to engage an IT...

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Self-Service BI. Really?

I’m pretty skeptical of BI marketing pitches, (working as I do as a consultant in the trenches somewhere between business leaders, end users, and IT developers). But after hands-on experience with Microsoft’s latest BI tools – Power Pivot and Power View for SharePoint—I feel persuaded that “self-service BI” are not just buzz words. …

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