dotNet Miami - June 21, 2012: Alberto Santaballa: Introduction to PowerPivot


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dotNet Miami - June 21, 2012: Presented by Alberto Santaballa: PowerPivot is Microsoft's answer to bridge the gap between traditional Business Intelligence systems with high startup costs and the ad-hoc approach of spreadsheets with potential high maintenance costs. A key component of Microsoft's Managed Self Service Business Intelligence, this free add on to Excel 2010 leverages the power of traditional Microsoft data sources such as SQL Server and SharePoint plus heterogeneous outside data sources while giving users a familiar interface with a much more robust analysis platform which supports fast access to internal data containing millions of rows. DAX, a new internal language for PowerPivots allows the user to work over multiple rows of data in a way traditional Excel formulas cannot. Lean some of the features of the exciting addition to the Excel family of analysis resources.

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dotNet Miami - June 21, 2012: Alberto Santaballa: Introduction to PowerPivot

  1. 1. ExcelPowerPivot
  2. 2. Legacy Excel Pivot TablesAllow easy crosstab summarizationWorks on single “table” (sheet)“Table” size constrained by Excel Same as and other sheet
  3. 3. What is Power Pivot?Similar to Excel Pivot TableBut more industrial strength Removes most size constraints Thinks more like database than spreadsheetAdd on to Excel Free, but installed separately
  4. 4. Power Pivot FeaturesCombine data from variety of sourcesFast local databaseDisconnect while analyzing dataSupport relationships across tables insideExcel
  5. 5. Power Pivot/SSBILittle or no IT support requiredSlicers: Allow easy subset selection afterreport is built
  6. 6. DAX Programming LanguageFormulas like excelBut work on rows, not cellsSensitive to selection
  7. 7. ResourcesThe official PowerPivot web site: PowerPivot team blog:
  8. 8. Thanks!Alberto (Al) SantaballaEmail: al@technowati.comTwitter: @asantaballaBlog: