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  • Create Excel Dashboards working on Excel for iPad #excel #ipad #dashboard

    I recently tried Excel for iPad and tried opening several workbooks. The results are pretty good, but I’ve found that it wasn’t possible to display certain workbooks. For example, opening a workbook that contains many CUBEVALUE formulas, I should have seen this result: However, sometime I’ve got an error saying that the workbook cannot be ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on April 15, 2014
  • OneNote API – finally! Now, about that Excel API…

    I’m a frequent user of OneNote and so was delighted with today’s news that there is now a public API available so that third party apps and services can put stuff into your OneNote notebooks (an API? welcome to the modern web, OneNote). One of those third party services is ifttt so I’ve set up a few ifttt recipes to dump stuff into OneNote: ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on March 17, 2014
  • Connecting to #powerpivot from an external program (such as #Tableau)

    Many people requested me how to connect to Power Pivot from an external program, without publishing the workbook on SharePoint or on Analysis Services Tabular. I always said it is not possible (for both technical and licensing reasons), but someone observed that Tableau is able to extract data from a Power Pivot data model connecting directly to ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on February 26, 2014
  • Videos about #DAX on Project Botticelli

    More than one year ago, I and Alberto started recording videos for Project Botticelli, and now we have a set of videos about DAX that you can watch online. There are a few videos free, and others are available in the monthly subscription. If you are interested, use this 20% discount code before the end of the December 2013: SQLBI20HOLS2013 The ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on December 11, 2013
  • Really useful Excel keyboard shortcuts

    I love me a good keyboard shortcut and there’s some I would like to use in Excel all the time if only I could darn well remember them. CTRL+ Spacebar   Select the entire column containing the currently selected cell(s) Shift + Spacebar   Select the entire row ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on December 6, 2013
  • Common request: export #Tabular model and data to #PowerPivot

    I received this request in many courses, messages and also forum discussions: having an Analysis Services Tabular model, it would be nice being able to extract a correspondent PowerPivot data model. In order of priority, here are the specific feature people (including me) would like to see: Create an empty PowerPivot workbook with the same ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on June 19, 2013
  • DAX Studio for Excel 2013 finally available! #dax #excel #powerpivot #ssas #tabular

    I'm so happy that DAX Studio finally supports Excel 2013! As Darren Gosbell described in his blog, this release has a few internal changes that will better support future enhancements. I will port the code to capture the query plan for a query in this new release, but unfortunately it will require some weeks because I'm traveling a lot in these ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on May 4, 2013
  • PowerPivot Workbook Size Optimizer #powerpivot #tabular

    Microsoft released the Workbook Size Optimizer for Excel, the first version of an Excel add-in for Excel 2013 that inspects the data model and suggest possible optimizations. Fundamentally, it tries to apply the best practices descripted in a white paper I mentioned a few weeks ago, removing useless columns and changing granularity to those that ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on April 30, 2013
  • LASTNONBLANK and FIRSTNONBLANK functions work with any column #dax #powerpivot #ssas #tabular

    During a PowerPivot Workshop course we received an interesting question from a student: “Can I use LASTNONBLANK (and FIRSTNONBLANK) with a column which is not a date column?” The reason is that we introduce LASTNONBLANK in the Advanced Time Intelligence module, because its typical use case is on a date column. However, you can use these functions ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on April 19, 2013
  • New PowerPivot 2013 book available! #excel #powerpivot

    Our new book about PowerPivot 2013 is finally available in printed edition, too! The title is Microsoft Excel 2013: Building Data Models with PowerPivot and it is a partial rewriting of the previous book about PowerPivot for Excel 2010. In the previous book we had a target audience that included advanced Excel users and BI developers, because at ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on April 2, 2013
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