Good Power Pivot / Gemini Resources

Ok, everyone is hopefully aware that Gemini is now renamed to “PowerPivot”. IMO, this technology is set to make a very big impact on the Business Intelligence Industry. Here in Ireland, nice players like Qlikview have been doing very well over traditional BI tools.

The Beta 1 (or CTP2) was invite only ;-), so you can only download the bits on the Microsoft connect site if you were part of the programme.

The Beta 2 (CTP2) is “nearly out”. Everyone in Microsoft has been using it for ages, but the required office Beta-2 is not publically available.

The required SQL 2008 R2 Nov CTP2 is publicly available though, you can download it here:

Here are some upcoming blogs on the subject, that I am reading:

– Dave Wickert (Analysis Services guru) has a blog here with some good gotcha’s on deployment

– Denny Lee (SQLCAT dude) has a blog here in conjunction with Dave

– The Excel Services Team has started blogging on PowerPivot here

– Rob Collie (MS PowerPivot dude) has started a blog here

– The official blog for the product is here

– Vidas Matelis (Fellow SQL MVP) has started a full site for independent news, webcasts, forums and the like on PowerPivot

– Donald Farmer has some videos up on you tube demonstrating Key features

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