Creating Power Map Reporting Solutions Recording and Q&A

I hope you were able to attend my free webinar on Creating Power Map Reporting Solutions on April 17 2014.  If you weren’t you can now watch the recording here.

Following each webinar I like to post a quick Q&A session for everything I was not able to answer in the allotted time.

Q: Am I correct in that you need the Pro Plus version of Office 365 and not the Home or University version?

Yes, that’s correct most of the Power BI features in Excel (Power Pivot, Power View, etc..) require the Office Pro Plus edition.

Q: I thought I could do Power Map without Office 365?

Prior to Power Map’s official release it was available to anyone running Excel 2013 (O365 or traditional) but when Power Map was officially release it was released as an Office 365 only feature.  You can however still download the preview and try it on non-O365 versions.

Q: Is there any way to use custom geographic data using shape file? For ex: school boundaries

I get this question a lot.  If your school boundaries fit within traditional geo-political boundaries (zip, county, etc…) you can make this work now but you cannot upload your own shapes yet.  To make this work now you would just categories each of you boundaries in something Power Map can understand.

Bringing Power BI Q&A to your Organization Recording and Q&A

I hope you were able to attend my free webinar on Bringing Power BI Q&A to your Organization on April 15 2014.  If you weren’t you can now watch the recording here.

Traditionally following a webinar I try to post a quick Q&A session for everything I was not able to answer in the allotted time.

Q:  Does Power BI require SharePoint Online or can it work with public facing on premises SharePoint?

Yes, Power BI sites and Power BI Q&A are only available if you’re using SharePoint Online.  Public Facing traditional SharePoint servers do not have the ability to add the Power BI functionality.

Q: If you create a PivotChart or Power View report, can Q&A show that chart when a user searches something relevant to the chart?

No, currently Power BI Q&A can only create Power View reports only the fly.  It cannot reference preexisting reports and display those.  You can however influence the way your data is presented by giving proper relationships, data types and data categories.  Once a Power View report is created on the fly you can change the visualization easily by selecting the the chart type you would prefer.

Q: Can I export the results to Excel and/or PowerPoint?

The current use of Q&A is as a quick ad-hoc analysis tool and does not have an output like this although I think this is an interesting thought. 

Q: Can i upload an Excel file to the Power BI site which is data connected to an SSAS source (locally hosted)?

You can as long as the SSAS source exposed through Power Pivot.  If you want to refresh any locally hosted data sources then you must configure the Data Management Gateway to allow local data sources to interact with the Power BI cloud.

Upcoming Webinar – Creating Power Map Reporting Solutions

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Come join me for this webinar on 4/17/2014 at 11:00 AM EST

Creating Power Map Reporting Solutions

Excel 2013 with Office 365 brings many new features to the realm of Self-Service BI. There are now new ways to extract, model and present data all within Excel. One of these newest ways to present data is called Power Map. Power Map allows you to create engaging 3D map visualizations to help understand your geographical data better. This session will walk you through the beginning to end process of creating Power Map tours. Register now here.

Upcoming Webinar – Bringing Power BI Q&A to your Organization

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Come join me for this webinar on 4/15/2014 at 11:00 AM EST

Bringing Power BI Q&A to your Organization

Q&A is an amazing new feature of Power BI that allows you to ask you data question. No longer do you have to write complex SQL queries to get results. Simply type traditional English sentences to return interesting results about your data. This session will walk through how to get a Power Pivot data model ready to use and also the end user experience of Q&A from the Power BI site. Register now here.

Introduction to Power BI Recording and Q&A

I hope you were able to attend my free webinar on Understanding Microsoft Self-Service BI on March 13, 2014. If you weren’t you can now download the recording and slides.

I usually like to post follow up questions and answer that I wasn’t able to address during the webinar. Here’s several that may help you!

Q: Can you explain quickly how to use Power View on SharePoint 2010?

To use these together you must have SharePoint 2010 SP1 Enterprise and SQL Server 2012 Enterprise or BI Edition. Unfortunately, there’s not a quick way to describe the rest of the configuration so here’s a post that may help.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/karang/archive/2012/04/13/step-by-step-guide-of-installing-power-view-with-powerpivot-2012.aspx

Q: What devices are supported by mobile BI

The Mobile BI will be available on Windows 8 and Windows RT devices. There is also a native Mobile BI app for iPad under development.

Q: Are MS planning to remove the dependency on Silverlight for Power View (etc.) thus making it possible to render on iPad?

Yes! There are actually some public betas of Power View working on HTML 5 instead of Silverlight. This will be the major enhancement that allows support for the mobile BI app on IPads

Upcoming Webinar – Introduction to Power BI

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Come join me for this webinar on 3/13/2014 at 11:00 AM EST

Introduction to Power BI 

The future of Business Intelligence has many new and exciting features. This world that was once reserved for only experts in SQL Server technologies has expanded to serve the masses with more and more self-service innovations. In this session you will gain an understanding of what Power BI is and get an overview of each of the components. This includes Power Pivot, Power View, Power Query and Power Map, Mobile Power BI and Q&A.

Choosing the Right Analysis Services: MOLAP vs. Tabular Recording and Q&A

I hope you were able to attend my free webinar on Choosing the Right Analysis Services: MOLAP vs. Tabular on February 11, 2014 that I delivered with Dustin Ryan.  If you weren’t you can now watch the recording here.

Traditionally following a webinar I try to post a quick Q&A session for everything I was not able to answer in the allotted time.

Q: Since Tabular solutions are many ways better than Multidimensional..then my question is when to go for Multidimensional solution

You would likely still choose Multidimensional for things that Tabular does not have full feature parity.  For example, Tabular does not have the ability do writeback. 

Some still choose Multidimensional because their data model is very complex and Multidimensional is more forgiving in this regard.  Last, Multidimensional is a more scalable for larger datasets because it is less (still uses memory, CPU, etc.. excessively) reliant on pure memory to get the performance you need, unlike Tabular.  As we mentioned in the webinar, Yahoo chose Multidimensional because it would better scale their 26 terabyte cube.

Q: When deciding whether to use Tabular or Multidimensional, do you have to have SSAS installed / set up specifically for one or the other?

Yes, when setting up SSAS Multidimensional or Tabular they are separate installs.  Meaning they can’t be installed at the same time with the SQL Server installer.  Because of their resource demands you traditionally want to install these instances on separate servers if possible.

Q: How do i link if column have more than one column is key column in tabular?

Great question.  Usually, if you have tables that need to be joined together on multiple columns you have create a key column that combine the values into a single column either through DAX or through the source query extract.

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