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    Oct 21, 2013
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    Building Real-World Microsoft BI Dashboards Today 8

    I know all the Microsoft buzz is about Power BI and Excel these days, but customers need real-world, professional business intelligence solutions that meet their complex real world requirements today....More
  • Apr 27, 2012
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    Report Builder and Tabular Model Databases

    Here is an easy way to leverage your existing skills in traditional SQL Server reporting tools with the new Tabular Mode of SQL Server Analysis Services to get started taking advantage of the xVelocity in-memory analytics engine (VertiPaq) without needing to go through a SharePoint configuration....More
  • Aug 3, 2011
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    Master Data Services in SQL Server Denali - Preview in CTP3

    Here is a quick peek at some of the enhancements to Master Data Services (MDS) in SQL Server Denali as of CTP3....More
  • Aug 10, 2010
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    I'm Curious. Did You Ever Use Google Wave?

    Now that Now that Google has announced that it's going to shut down their end-all, be-all collaboration tool known as Google Wave, some questions came up for me......More
  • Aug 2, 2010
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    Light-up Your Dashboards with Silverlight 1

    by Mark Kromer There are many advantages to making business intelligence dashboards with scorecards, graphs and trends that sparkle and have visually compelling elements. It makes your BI solution more accessible to all audiences, it makes them more interesting to use, increasing adoption, it can help to highlight the important areas from mounds of data and, hey, they look cool! Below is an example from a Microsoft BI customer called Jettainer, who uses the entire Microsoft SQL Server and .NET stack and utilized Silverlight as part of their enterprise dashboard strategies to generate very impressive solutions. Derek and I are going to take a couple of weeks in this blog to begin outlying ways in which you can leverage SQL Server, Silverlight, SharePoint and a few third-party components to make exciting visualizations of your Microsoft BI solutions that can be displayed on different form factors from laptops to mobile devices. Let’s start simple today, with a little background on Silverlight and the new Microsoft Silverlight PivotViewer control. Silverlight is Microsoft’s visualization platform technology that allows developers to build applications that include some of the cool factor elements that had previously been only available to Macromedia developers including vector graphics, transforms, transitions and embedded video, just to name a few. Silverlight PivotViewer (sample pic below) is new from Microsoft and is a free downloadable component from Microsoft that allows developers to organize and display mass amounts of data from data collections. We’ll walk you through how to use Silverlight components, including PivotViewer to make exciting dashboards on laptop screens as well as mobile. But let’s establish a few guiding principals for this series first: 1. We are going to assume that you are not a pure application or web developer and are much more interested in building BI solutions and BI dashboards 2. What this means to me, is that you need the...More
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