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A lot of social media and search sites have the option to output the results as RSS feeds as well as the normal human readable version. PowerPivot has the option to use XML feeds as the source for …

A lot of social media and search sites have the option to output the results as RSS feeds as well as the normal human readable version. PowerPivot has the option to use XML feeds as the source for its’ data sources. It just makes sense to marry the two features together and create Power View dashboards that summarizes the live feeds so that we can start analyzing the searches that we are interested in.
In this walkthrough will show you how easy that is to do.

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  • 1. Dynamics AX | Power View | RSS | TwitterUSING RSS FEEDS AS POWERVIEW DATASOURCES A lot of social media and search sites have the option to output the results as RSS feeds as well as the normal human readable version. PowerPivot has the option to use XML feeds as the source for its’ data sources. It just makes sense to marry the two features together and create Power View dashboards that summarizes the live feeds so that we can start analyzing the searches that we are interested in. In this walkthrough will show you how easy that is to do. © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 2. CREATING A POWERPIVOT RSS DATA SOURCEFROM TWITTERTwitter is a great tool for tracking what the Twitterverse is thinking about and also a great source for mining information. Finding out who is tweeting the most, who is the most influential,and also what the hot topics are and presenting it as a live dashboard should be useful to everyone.In this short example we will show you how to convert a Twitter search into an RSS feed, use it within PowerPivot to create a data source, and then create a Power View dashboard from thedata. © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 3. Creating aPowerPivot RSSData Source fromTwitterConverting a Twitter search into an RSS feed is prettysimple. © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 4. Creating aPowerPivot RSSData Source fromTwitterOnce you have the search term that you want to return asRSS. Just use the following URL format:http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=“Term” © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 5. Creating aPowerPivot RSSData Source fromTwitterTo create a PowerPivot data source populated by your RSSfeed, open up Excel. © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 6. Creating aPowerPivot RSSData Source fromTwitterGo to the PowerPivot ribbon bar tab, and click on thePowerPivot Window button to open up the PowerPivotDesigner. © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 7. Creating aPowerPivot RSSData Source fromTwitterTo turn your RSS feed into a data source, select the FromData Feeds option from the Get External Data group onthe Home tab. © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 8. Creating aPowerPivot RSSData Source fromTwitterPaste in the RSS Feed URL into the Data Feed Url field.Before continuing on, click on the Advanced button tomake some changes to how the feed is read. © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 9. Creating aPowerPivot RSSData Source fromTwitterIn the advanced form, set the Include Atom Elementsproperty to True, the Include Data Service Content toTrue and the Include Expanded Entries to False. © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 10. Creating aPowerPivot RSSData Source fromTwitterTo make sure that the feed results are readable byPowerPivot, you might want to click on the TestConnection button.If everything is successful, click on the OK button. © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 11. Creating aPowerPivot RSSData Source fromTwitterClick OK and you will then see the data that is beingimported. Before clicking Finish, you may want to viewthe results by clicking on the Preview & Filter button. © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 12. Creating aPowerPivot RSSData Source fromTwitterThis gives you the chance to make sure that all of the datais being returned in the right format. © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 13. Creating aPowerPivot RSSData Source fromTwitterAfter the data is imported, click Close. © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 14. Creating aPowerPivot RSSData Source fromTwitterNow you should see all of your Twitter search results inyour PowerPivot worksheet. © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 15. Creating aPowerPivot RSSData Source fromTwitterFrom the File menu, select the Save & Send menu itemand Save to SharePoint. © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 16. Creating aPowerPivot RSSData Source fromTwitterThis will take you to your PowerPivot Gallery, and you cangive your data source a name. © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 17. Creating aPowerPivot RSSData Source fromTwitterOnce the data source is published, it will automaticallytake you to the web view of the published worksheet.Click on the PowerPivot Gallery link at the top to see all ofthe data sources. © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 18. Creating aPowerPivot RSSData Source fromTwitterTo create a Power View dashboard from the data source,just click on the Power View Designer icon at the top rightof the data gallery item. © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 19. Creating aPowerPivot RSSData Source fromTwitterYou will then be taken to the designer. © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 20. Creating aPowerPivot RSSData Source fromTwitterTo create a summary list of all your tweets, select theauthor_name and title fields. © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 21. Creating aPowerPivot RSSData Source fromTwitterAfter adding a little more panels to your dashboard youcan start drilling in and analyzing the Twitterverse. © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 22. SUMMARYUsing RSS feeds as data sources gives you a way to add context to your standard data. Some other things that you may want to try include:• Create formula fields for fields like dates so that you can analyze the data by year, month, date, time of day, day of week etc. to spot trends.• Link the feeds to data within the ERP, like contacts so that you can have dashboard information displayed alongside the standard data.In addition to Twitter, try doing the same for other RSS feed enabled services like:• Bing• Google• Blogs• LinkedInThis is cool stuff. Give it a try. © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 23. AboutMurray Fife