Gemini has an official name: PowerPivot

Well the Gemini team is making progress towards shipping. Now they have a real name: PowerPivot. They still don’t have any pricing/licensing/packaging details; that is promised later this year. There’s also links to sign up for a beta. But I don’t have any more details about that. Like all Microsoft employees I had access to…

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PerformancePoint Server 2007 SP3 released

Finally made it out the door! For the AddIn I have a couple notes: Besides the usual rollup of hotfixes (bug fixes) there is a new feature: Line Item Details (LIDs). This was supported by the server but not on the client side, and now it is! We did our best to get some data…

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Excel 2010 is better than the PPS Planning AddIn

Although the model of using an Excel AddIn can be a little clunky (especially for what PPS Planning called the contributor scenario) I think my team did a pretty good job getting some very usable reporting elements. Now I get to point you to things my team didn’t do, but are native features of Excel….

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Gemini destroys the world….Not!

So in a previous post I tried to tear down Gemini to something relatively simple, instead of curing cancer. This post is when I build it back up. Gemini just lets end-users combine data without having to get IT and DBAs involved. This is precisely where some fear begins to be revealed by IT and…

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Gemini Cures Cancer…Not!

Most of the people reading this blog have probably also seen demos or at least heard of Gemini and it’s magical powers of solving all BI problems known and unknown. (And you probably want to be looking at it. You can see if you get accepted to the CTP from the instructions here. I understand…

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Radio Silence

Well radio silence has been maintained quite successfully. Sorry for the lack of updates but with Planning development ended I haven’t had a lot to say… Office 2010 (aka Office 14) is finally starting to see the light of day. I know some of you by now have gotten your hands on the Technical Preview…

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Microsoft BI Conference 2008

I imagine that very few people who read this blog don’t already know about the Microsoft BI Conference happening in Seattle this year during October 6-8. I’ll be spending as much time as I can there (since I’m local its easy for me to go but I’ve still got to keep track of normal things…

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Extended absences and other people doing my job for me!

Its been quite a while since I’ve posted. I’ve still been hanging out in the PPS TechNet forums, but just haven’t been finding as much time to post. I’ve had a little change in job duties that are taking some time to adjust to. Anyway I’m very pleased to see that others in the blogosphere…

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SP1

If you haven’t seen it yet the english builds are available! http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=3444589&SiteID=17   I have some details about the addin performance improvements http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=3445168&SiteID=17.

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When will data appear in the cube after a submit from the PPS Planning Business Client?

It’s actually hard to say. This process is asynchronous which is why the status is initially Pending, then WaitProcess, then finally Partial/Submitted. See my other posts about assignment statuses and assignment actions for more details and a quick overview. Ok so we understand this, but just when-oh-when will data appear in the cube for others…

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