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Presented to The Ottawa IT Community Meetup Group (Ottawa SQL - PASS Chapter) on Thursday September 19

Powerful Self-Service BI in Excel 2013 - Data search and discovery with Power Query (formerly "Data Explorer"), analyzing and modeling with Power Pivot, visualizing and exploring with Power View and Power Map (formerly codename "GeoFlow")

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  1. 1. Power BI Power Query, Power Pivot, Power View, Power Map Stéphane Fréchette Thursday Septembre 19, 2013
  2. 2. Who am I? My name is Stéphane Fréchette I’m a Database & Business Intelligence Professional and Founder | CEO of I have a passion for architecting, designing and building solutions that matter. Self proclaimed Open Data Hacker/Advocate I founded Gatineau Ouverte a citizen led initiative which aims to promote open access to civic data of the city of Gatineau. Twitter: @sfrechette Blog: Email:
  3. 3. Session Outline • Microsoft Business Intelligence (The Stack) • Self-Service Business Intelligence in Excel – Power BI • Power Pivot, Power Query, Power View, Power Map • Demos • Power BI for Office 365 • Power BI Sites • Data Management • Power BI for Mobile • Summary • Resources
  4. 4. Analysis Services Reporting Services Integration Services Master Data Services SharePoint Collaboration Excel Workbooks Power Pivot Applications SharePoint Dashboards & Scorecards Data Quality Services OData Feeds Line of Business Applications Hadoop Big Data Microsoft Business Intelligence
  5. 5. 5 Access Clean Mash-up Explore Visualize Share What Do Users want to Do? Self-Service Business Intelligence
  6. 6. 6 Access Clean Mash-up Explore Visualize Share Excel 2013: Complete and Powerful Self-Service BI Tool Self-Service Business Intelligence in Excel 2013 Report creator Data steward Report consumer
  7. 7. Self-Service BI in Excel 2013 • Excel delivers powerful, intuitive capabilities for self-service BI  Power Query (codename Data Explorer)  Power Pivot (previously PowerPivot)  Power View  Power Map (codename GeoFlow) (That’s A Lot of Power!)
  8. 8. Power Query Power Query Preview for Excel is an add-in that enhances the self-service Business Intelligence experience in Excel by simplifying data discovery and access. Enable self-service data discovery, query, transformation and mashup experiences for Information Workers, via Excel and Power Pivot • Discovery and connectivity to a wide range of data sources, spanning volume as well as variety of data. • Highly interactive and intuitive experience for rapidly and iteratively building queries over any data source, any size. • Consistency of experience, and parity of query capabilities over all data sources. • Joins across different data sources; ability to create custom views over data that can then be shared with team/department.
  9. 9. 9 Access and mashup data from virtually any source to create powerful reports Power Pivot
  10. 10. Power Pivot • Power Pivot enriches Excel by compressing storage and provide fast querying and reporting from tabular data • xVelocity in-memory analytics engine (formerly VertiPaq) • Highlights; • Load data from a variety of sources • Extremely large volumes can be stored • Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) • Can be enriched with Hierarchies, KPIs, Perspectives and Reporting metadata • First introduced as an add-in with SQL Server 2008 R2
  11. 11. Power Pivot – Key New Features • No longer requires separate install add-in • Basic data model functionality now built in Excel 2013 • Calculated fields (‘Measures’) created automatically when field is numeric • In-memory analytics engine native to Excel • Excel and PowerPivot now have a single, uniform Field List • Data categorization and suggestions from DataMarket • Support for more languages (40 languages) • Support for larger file sizes in 64-bit Excel (*unlimited)
  12. 12. 12 Visually discover and share insight across all levels of the organization Power View
  13. 13. Power View • Power View provides an interactive data exploration, visualization and presentation experience • Strong visual design experience (WYSIWYG) • Rich meta-driven interactions • First introduced with SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services in SharePoint Mode (BI and Enterprise editions) • Now part of Excel 2013 (need to enable add-in) • Power View sheets can be added to Workbook • Can be based on a Workbook Data Model, or SSAS Tabular Data Model, *SSAS Multidimensional Model (SQL Server 2012 SP1 CTP3) • Requires Silverlight 5 to be installed
  14. 14. Power View – Key New Features • Power View sheets can connect to different data models in one workbook • Modify the internal Data Model without leaving the Power View sheet • Power View in Excel Services, Excel Web App and Office 365 • SharePoint Server • Pie charts • Maps • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) • Hierarchies • Drill up and drill down • Hyperlinks
  15. 15. Power Map Power Map Preview for Excel 2013 allows you to plot geographic and temporal data visually, analyze that data in 3D, and create interactive tours to share with others. *Requires Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 or Office 365 ProPlus.
  16. 16. Demos
  17. 17. Power BI for Office 365 • Power BI Sites • Quickly create a collaboration hub to share workbooks. Create, and enable users to take full advantage of the Power BI for Office 365 collection of online offerings. • A Visual Home for Workbooks • Large Workbooks – up to 250MB • Sites without Power BI are limited to 10MB • Share Your Work • Built-in from the beginning • Share Power Query (queries) • Manage Data • Track and analyze share queries and data sets • Go anywhere with the Power BI App
  18. 18. Demos
  19. 19. Summary Self-service BI in Excel, Power BI provides the tools you need to find data, shape and filter it how you want, model it, and visualize it.
  20. 20. Resources • Power BI for Office 365 Register and read the Power BI – Getting Started Guide • PowerPivotPro • Analysis Services & PowerPivot Blog (MSDN) • Kasper de Jonge PowerPivot Blog • Chris Webb’s BI Blog • SQLBI – Marco Russo •
  21. 21. What Questions Do You Have?
  22. 22. Thank You For attending this session