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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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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HOWTO: Show numbers as 1,000s in Excel

This time there’s nothing really specific about PPS. It’s more of an Excel post actually…  I’ve seen this a few times. Sometimes the data form authors want to show is big, and they want to show 1 instead of 1000 or 1 instead of 1000000. There are a bunch of complicated games you an play…

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