Released: Twitter Analytics for Excel 2013

Back in 2011, we released a great PowerPivot sample application to query Twitter and analyze tweets within Excel 2010. This was a joint venture between Microsoft and ISV Gold BI partner Extended Results, and the great news is that Extended Results has finished an updated version that now also works in Excel 2013! For all… Read more

Poster Download: Microsoft Business Intelligence at a Glance

Over recent months, we had a lot of fun creating a Microsoft BI poster for SQL Pass and SharePoint Conference. As the title suggests, the poster shows the most important technologies in the Microsoft BI stack at a glance, arranged in various layers from the data sources all the way up to the client applications… Read more

Announcing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

This was a big day for us as Ted Kummert (Vice President for SQL Server) announced the general availability of SQL Server 2012 SP1 at the PASS Summit 2012 today. This is a significant release because it delivers important updates as well as new capabilities for Office 2013 and SQL Server 2012. We’ve already blogged… Read more

Verifying the Excel Services Configuration for PowerPivot in SharePoint 2013

In SharePoint 2013, Excel Services natively supports core PowerPivot functionality. This is an important improvement over previous releases. Without requiring an extra installation of PowerPivot components in the farm, users can interact with workbook data models in the browser. You only need to register a SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) server in the Excel Services… Read more

Introducing the BI Light-Up Story for SharePoint 2013

Ideally, you can find the Microsoft BI stack in every SharePoint farm across the enterprise so that users can seamlessly share their BI solutions with each other. In the real world, however, BI is only one of many SharePoint scenarios, albeit a mission-critical one. It is not uncommon for IT organizations to deploy multiple farms… Read more

Announcing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Community Technology Preview 3 (CTP3)

Last week, we released the public CTP of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1. For most SQL Server components, SP1 is just a collection of patches and bug fixes, but for Business Intelligence scenarios, SP1 is much more than just a service pack. SQL Server 2012 SP1 CTP3 is specifically released to accompany the… Read more