Category: Observations, Trends, and Wild Speculation

Comparing Access to PowerPivot

Here’s a question that comes up with increasing frequency:  “PowerPivot seems kinda similar to Access in many ways, what’s the difference?” Why Does the Question Come Up? Some of you […]

Written by on November 17, 2011

Six Observations from the 2011 PASS Keynote

The PASS Summit tends to be one of  Microsoft’s favorite venues for unveiling big news in the BI space.  As you may recall, the 2010 Summit revealed some amazing things for the PowerPivot world.

Written by on November 10, 2011

PowerPivot V2 CTP3!

CTP3 Adaptive = “Public Beta” What the heck is a CTP, you ask? Well it’s a “Community Technology Preview.”

Written by on July 12, 2011

Are you making daiquiris or blenders?

A Lasting Metaphor Many years ago, I was designing a feature for Excel 2003.  And the VP of our division of Office, a man named Richard McAniff, didn’t like the […]

Written by on March 23, 2011

Five Observations From SQL PASS

 Wow, what a trip.  I barely slept.  Let’s get right down to it:  summary of my thoughts on the whole thing. 1) The Future of MS BI is (Basically) PowerPivot […]

Written by on November 12, 2010

The “Ferrari” of PowerPivot Books

UPDATE: My book, which explains the PowerPivot formula language (DAX), in down-to-earth fashion tailored to the Excel audience, releases November 6, 2012. I wrote it to fill the “DAX for Excel people” gap that existed between all of the previous books. People have been asking me seemingly forever to do this, I finally got around to it.

Written by on October 26, 2010

More PowerPivot Consulting Observations

My book, which explains the PowerPivot formula language (DAX), in down-to-earth fashion tailored to the Excel audience, releases November 6, 2012. I wrote it to fill the “DAX for Excel people” gap that existed between all of the previous books. People have been asking me seemingly forever to do this, I finally got around to it.

Written by on October 12, 2010

The death of pie charts?

A few weeks back, a BI analyst posted a list of factors to consider when selecting a new BI tool.  Shortly thereafter, a BI blogger posted a scathing critique of that article

Written by on December 23, 2009