Running Power BI on a Perceptive Pixel (PPI) Display

Hi folks – thanks for reading once again.    So I’m here at a marketing event today – working the booth.  This time, I have the pleasure of working with a Perceptive Pixel display in my booth.  And Power BI looks pretty darn cool on the PPI device.   No special installation instructions or user training…


A new release of Power Map for Excel!

Hi, folks, and thanks for checking things out here. Microsoft quietly released a new version of Power Map for Excel.  It’s still in Preview mode, but there were some notable performance and stability changes.  You may also notice some net new functions in the ribbon for Power Map (e.g. 2D Charting options). If your copy…


SAP Netweaver Gateway – Another Strategy for Microsoft BI + SAP Interoperability?

Hi folks – thanks as always for reading my blog.   If you are reading this article, I hope you have had a chance to read my first post on the topic.  If you haven’t, you can access it here.  It covers Microsoft’s white paper on SAP/Microsoft BI interoperability – plus some of my color…


Clearing up some confusion around the Power BI "Release"

Hey folks.  Thanks again for checking out my blog.   Yesterday (8/12/2013), Power BI received some attention from the press.  Here’s one of the articles that I had seen talking about the “release” of Power BI:   Some of us inside Microsoft had to address all sorts of questions around this one.  For the…


SAP and Microsoft BI Interop White Paper (Plus Some Color Commentary)

Last week (week of July 22 2013), Microsoft held its TechReady conference for internal employees.  I didn’t get to go this time around, but I was able to audit the classes remotely (a very cool experience). One of the sessions was focused on wiring up Microsoft BI to SAP – an ever-interesting topic.  During the…


Soooooo…you now have two approaches to hosting BI in the cloud (Power BI vs. Azure VM Role for BI Deployment)

With the announcement of Power BI at the WPC last week, Microsoft now has *two* ways it can host your BI application in a public-cloud setting.  Power BI delivers self-service BI modeling, transformation, reporting, and geospatial via Office 365. Of course, you can run both the traditional (SQL/SSAS/SSRS/SSIS) and self-service (Power Pivot/Power View) by provisioning…


How can I check out Power BI?

If you want to check out the entire Office 365-hosted incarnation of Power BI, you can register to get in the queue for the preview now at  Microsoft will start churning through the queue in about four weeks.  In the meantime, you are more than welcome to install the components you’ll need on your machine…


Power Query – Pulling in Foursquare Data into Power BI

As a follow-up to my previous post, I wanted to do a quick demo of how to pull in JSON-structured data into Power BI.  Going directly into Power Pivot isn’t an option; we need to use Power Query to help pluck the data we need out of the API call.   In my example, I…


Power BI – Why would you ever need Power Query when I already have Power Pivot?

I’ve been mulling this question over since the first incarnation of the former Data Explorer technology.  At first, I wondered if this was developed in some secret back-room in Redmond – completely outside the watching eyes of any of the “mainstream” developers. Now, I get it. The easiest way to think about Power Query vs….


I have finally started blogging!

Hi folks – it’s taken a looooooonnnnnggg time to get to this point, but I figured now would be a good time to start. If you know me already, I’m grateful that you followed me over here.  If not, here’s the quick story on my background: At Microsoft, I am a Principal Specialist for Business…