Linked Tables

In our previous blog post, we discussed how easy it is to use the Copy/Paste feature of the PowerPivot [aka Gemini] add-in to bring in data from virtually any external source that cannot otherwise be accessed by means of an ODBC, OLEDB or Managed .NET provider. In these scenarios, business users are free to copy… Read more

Introducing PowerPivot

At the Microsoft SharePoint Conference yesterday in Las Vegas, we announced the official name for Gemini – “Microsoft SQL Server PowerPivot” or “PowerPivot” for short. PowerPivot consists of two components – PowerPivot for Excel 2010 and PowerPivot for SharePoint 2010. PowerPivot for Excel is a data analysis tool that delivers unmatched computational power directly within… Read more


One of the core tenets of Gemini is that the user should be able to import data from virtually any source. The blog post Importing data into Gemini talks about the steps involved in importing data from a typical relational source. Gemini supports all of the popular relational databases – SQL Server, Access, Oracle, Sybase,… Read more

Introduction to Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) in Gemini

Gemini and DAX Extend the Power of PivotTables Excel PivotTables are not new, but Excel PivotTables that are based on multiple tables of data are new with the Gemini add-in for Excel 2010. This new capability in Gemini is a very powerful tool for data analysis when combined with our new DAX expression language. Looking… Read more