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Jun 20, 2014

Microsoft Cloud Predictive Analytics Preview Coming Soon

A preview of Azure Machine Learning, or Azure ML (project code name "Passau"), will be made publicly available in July 2014....More
Jun 17, 2014

Is Excel the Next Killer BI App?1

With the latest Microsoft strategy shift of embedding self-service BI applications right within Excel, could Microsoft's Excel Power BI release....More
May 12, 2014

Key PASS Business Analytics Conference Takeaways

During the PASS Business Analytics Conference opening keynote, Kamal Hathi and Amir Netz showcased a series of game changing, significant....More
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Mar 10, 2014

Does Excel Power Pivot Replace the Data Warehouse?5

Power Pivot and other self-service BI tools are not a replacement for a data mart or data warehouse. When used correctly for Personal BI, Team BI,....More
Dec 13, 2013

Taking SQL Server Analysis Services Data Mining Further with Predixion Insight

Predixion is a Microsoft partner solution that supplements the base SSAS Data Mining offering with many features that have long been on my wish list....More
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Oct 29, 2013

Old BI vs. New BI3

A very common reference to business intelligence approaches has emerged, comparing "old BI" to "new BI."....More
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Oct 21, 2013

Building Real-World Microsoft BI Dashboards Today9

I know all the Microsoft buzz is about Power BI and Excel these days, but customers need real-world, professional business intelligence solutions....More
Sep 23, 2013

Integrating MongoDB and Open Source Data Stores with Power Pivot

Business users don't care where data is stored or where it's coming from. By using data integration tools, you can expose MongoDB data stores to....More
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Aug 08, 2013

Microsoft Power BI First Public Preview2

The Microsoft Power Business Intelligence (BI) Public Preview will be available soon to anyone interested in evaluating Office 365 Power BI....More
Jul 15, 2013

Microsoft Cloud BI Update 2013

I've been blogging about cloud BI and Microsoft's bits and pieces and slow roll into the cloud with BI. The "Power BI for Office 365" announcements....More
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Jul 09, 2013

New Microsoft Mobile BI and Power BI Cloud Business Intelligence

The Microsoft BI world is buzzing about Microsoft's recent announcement on Mobile BI and Power BI, a new Cloud Business Intelligence offering for....More
May 08, 2013

Use SSIS for ETL from Hadoop4

In this blog post, Mark Kromer walks you through using SSIS as a way to use ETL techniques using Microsoft's Hadoop on Windows (HDInsight) as a....More
Apr 15, 2013

Add Power View Reports to Your PerformancePoint 2013 Dashboards

Mark Kromer shows new methods for adding Power View reports into your PerformancePoint dashboards with SharePoint 2013....More
Dec 13, 2012

Designing, Developing, and Deploying the World’s First Parallel Data Warehouse Customer Solution

Derek Comingore discusses BI Voyage's (BIV) experiences designing, developing, and deploying the world's first Parallel Data Warehouse customer....More
Nov 19, 2012

PowerPivot as Tableau Data Source2

I find PowerPivot to be an incredibly powerful tool for building ad-hoc analytical models from heterogeneous data sources. Now, there are a LOT of....More

Mark Kromer

Mark Kromer has been a technical product manager & solution architect in business intelligence, data warheouse and Big Data world for over 20 years for Microsoft, Oracle and AT&T, currently...

Jen Underwood

  Jen Underwood, Microsoft Sr. Program Manager, has almost 20 years of experience in data warehousing, business intelligence, and predictive analytics. She was formerly a Microsoft Business...
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