• Atlanta MS BI Group Meeting on March 27th

    March 23, 2017 / No Comments » / 130 Views

    MS BI fans, join me for the next Atlanta MS BI and Power BI Group meeting on Monday, March 27th at 6:30 PM. Dave Tangren and Nelson Davis from Slalom will compare Power BI to Tableau. Slalom will sponsor the event. I'll show the latest of the Power BI Matrix visual. It will be a great meeting! Presentation: Comparing Power BI to Tableau Level: Intermediate Date: March 27, 2017 Time 6:30 – 8:30 PM ET Place: South Terraces Building (Auditorium Room) 115 Perimeter Center Place Atlanta, GA 30346 Overview: Power BI is getting stronger all the time. So is its competition. Want to see how Power BI stacks up against Tableau? Come see our thought leaders from Slalom debate the points! Speaker: Dave Tangren is a Practice Area Leader for Slalom in Atlanta. Dave brings thought leadership in visual analytics and business discovery to the market. With his deep background in Microsoft...

  • “Get the Most Out of Power BI” Seminar on May 3th

    March 21, 2017 / No Comments » / 4275 Views

    Patrick LeBlanc and I will deliver a free seminar "Get the Most Out of Power BI" on May 3th, 8:30 AM to 12 PM, at the Microsoft Office in Alpharetta. You won't want to miss this educational and engaging event! Please register today as seating is limited at http://prologika.com/event/get-the-most-out-of-power-bi/. Power BI is about empowering all types of users to get insights from data. It consists of the Power BI Service (powerbi.com), Power BI Desktop, Power BI Mobile, and Power BI Embedded, and it comes in two pricing options: Power BI Free and Power BI Pro. Power BI enjoys a tremendous momentum and industry observers has given it high scores. Packed with a dizzying variety of features, Power BI supports different solutions but it might be difficult to understand which features you need to reduce licensing cost. Join Prologika and Microsoft for a 3-hour free seminar on Wednesday, May 3th, 8:30 AM -12 PM ET,...

  • “7 Ways to Integrate Excel with Power BI” Presentation on April 19th

    March 21, 2017 / No Comments » / 8262 Views

    I'm presenting "7 Ways to Integrate Excel with Power BI" for the Atlanta Modern Excel Group on April 19th at the Microsoft office in Alpharetta. Prologika and Microsoft are sponsoring the event. Please RSVP here. Power BI is gaining a momentum but Excel still rules the corporate world. Fortunately, Power BI and Excel are not exclusive choices. Join me to learn how you can preserve your Excel investment in Power BI. I'll start by explaining the value Power BI brings to different types of users. Then, I'll discuss and demo seven options for integrating Excel with Power BI: Import Excel files in Power BI Service Build self-service data models from Excel data Deploy Excel models to Power BI Convert Excel models to Power BI Connect to Excel reports Analyze Power BI datasets in Excel Add Excel reports to Power BI dashboards

  • Editing and Creating Reports in Power BI Embedded

    March 15, 2017 / No Comments » / 390 Views

    I was doing a Power BI Embedded demo for a customer and lo and behold, being an ever-changing cloud technology, Power BI Embedded surprised me in a great way. When you install and run the Embedded Sample, it adds a nice "Embed and play with current report using Embedded Live Sample" link to the Page Navigation section. This brings you to the Power BI Embedded live sample with your Power BI Embedded report loaded. You can access the Live Sample from here if you don't want to configure and install Power BI Embedded sample. In this case, it uses sample reports. Not only does the sample show you Power BI Embedded in action but it also shows you the relevant code. The surprise is that Power BI Embedded now supports Edit and Create modes! Similar to Power BI Services, users can now edit existing reports and create their own reports...

  • SSRS Tabular Query Designer

    March 14, 2017 / No Comments » / 5299 Views

    Analysis Services Tabular has gained a lot of momentum for implementing organizational semantic models but its toolset has been lacking. SSRS developers had to rely previously on the MDX Query Designer to send MDX queries to Tabular. If DAX queries were preferred (and they often are for better performance since DAX is the native Tabular query language), developers had to type in DAX manually. And if the query would take parameters then the ugly workaround was to use … the DMX Query Designer. As Chris Finlan announced yesterday, this will all change starting with the newly released Report Builder,  SSDT 17 (currently in release candidate state), and SSMS 17 (also in RC state), as they now feature a Tabular Query Designer. SSMS also includes DAX Query Editor, as Christian Wade explains here. If you're familiar with the MDX Query Designer, you already know how to use the Tabular Query Designer. When you connect to...

  • Presenting at Birmingham SQL Saturday 2017

    March 12, 2017 / No Comments » / 4597 Views

    I'm presenting "Embed Interactive Reports in Your Apps" at Birmingham SQL Saturday 2017, on March 18th at 1 PM. I'll discuss different options to embed Power BI reports in internal and external apps. You have the app. You have the data. What if your app could put the power of analytics everywhere decisions are made and allow your customers to gain insights? Modern apps with data visualizations built-in have the power to inform decisions in context—for any user and on any device. Join me to discover how you can embed data analytics in any app and on one device powered by Power BI Embedded in the cloud and Reporting Services on premises. I'll share my experience in helping customers embed Power BI reports. Learn how to: Create compelling interactive reports Embed easily for faster time to value Deploy quickly and manage with ease

  • Implementing Header-Details in Power BI

    March 6, 2017 / No Comments » / 1585 Views

    Lots of things to like in the just released March update of Power BI Desktop! My favorite? We can now implement header-details text reports using the updated Matrix visual. Previously, Table and Matrix visuals wouldn't allow you to select a row to cross filter other sections. Now, you can use the Matrix visual for the header section. When you click a row in the "header", other visuals get cross-filtered. In the screenshot below, the Table visual shows all customers who have purchased the selected product. Also, notice that the Slicer visual has also been upgraded to allow sliding a numeric measure.

  • Auditing Row Counts in SSIS

    February 26, 2017 / No Comments » / 4552 Views

    It's a good practice to have a custom ETL framework that augment the SSIS capabilities. ETL frameworks come in different shapes and sizes but what I'd like to see in a framework is: Configurable parallelism – Does your ETL take hours? The chances are that your packages run sequentially. Or, disconnected flows in the master package's control flow support limited parallelism, while your server probably has much bigger pipeline. By contrast, the framework we use support configuring the degree of parallelism and automatically distributes packages to be executed on different threads. Target and actual package execution duration – You must proactively monitor when the actual package execution exceeds its target duration. See my newsletter "Is ETL (E)ating (T)hou (L)ive?" of a real-life example of what could happen if you don't do this. Plan to implement an ETL dashboard for monitoring the package execution against its target and to let the...

  • Atlanta MS BI Group Meeting on February 27th

    February 25, 2017 / No Comments » / 7922 Views

    MS BI fans, join me for the next Atlanta MS BI and Power BI Group meeting on Monday, February 27th at 6:30 PM. Paco Gonzales from SolidQ will introduce to Azure Cognitive Services and walk us through the process to build a bot. SolidQ will sponsor the event. I'll show two existing new Power BI features: clustering and binning. Rate this meeting http://aka.ms/PUGSurvey, PUG ID: 104 Presentation: Bot Framework and Cognitive Services Level: Intermediate Date: February 27, 2017 Time 6:30 – 8:30 PM ET Place: South Terraces Building (Auditorium Room) 115 Perimeter Center Place Atlanta, GA 30346 Overview: Cognitive computing (CC) describes technology platforms that are based on the scientific disciplines of Artificial Intelligence and Signal Processing. These platforms encompass machine learning, reasoning, natural language processing, speech and vision, human-computer interaction, dialog and narrative generation and more. Join this session for an overview of the Microsoft Bot Framework and Cognitive Services....

  • Vote to Give Tabular SE More Memory

    February 25, 2017 / 1 Comment » / 1283 Views

    I'm a big fan of Analysis Services and I'm doing a lot of work lately with Tabular. I rejoiced a lot after Microsoft included Tabular in SQL Server 2016 Standard Edition to increase its adoption but my enthusiasm was dampened by its maximum memory size of 16 GB. Interestingly, Multidimensional enjoys 64 GB of RAM in Standard Edition although you probably never need that much memory for OLAP cubes. As a memory-resident technology, Tabular is memory hungry. The current limitation of 16 GB is impractical. Twice the memory is required to process the database, leaving us with a database size of no more than 5 GB to be on the safe side. So, I started a quest to convince Microsoft to bring Tabular on a par with Multidimensional and increase its memory limit in Standard Edition to 64 GB. If you agree, please vote for my feedback on Connect.

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