Excel 2013: Business Intelligence Goes Mainstream (If You Can Find It)

February 11, 2013

Currently I’ve been wrapping up production on Business Intelligence in Microsoft SharePoint 2013 (which includes chapters on Excel 2013) and preparing for my upcoming Deep Dive into Business Intelligence in Excel 2013′s PowerPivot and Power View eLearning event (among other things). Consequently I’m paying a bit more attention than usual to what the universe has to […]


3 Big Changes in Analysis Services 2012 Enabling Flexible Design

February 11, 2012

The upcoming release of SQL Server 2012 has a lot of new features for business intelligence developers to love. The free preview of Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (Microsoft Press, 2012) does not include the chapter on Analysis Services, but you’ll be able to read the details when the final version of the ebook is […]


Multidimensional Thinking–24 Hours of Pass: Celebrating Women in Technology

March 15, 2011
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It’s Day 1 of #24HOP and it’s been great to participate in this event with so many women from all over the world in one long training-fest. The SQL community has been abuzz on Twitter with running commentary which is fun to watch while listening to the current speaker. If you missed the fun today […]


Installing SharePoint 2010 and PowerPivot for SharePoint on Windows 7

May 23, 2010

Many people like me want (or need) to do their business intelligence development work on a laptop. As someone who frequently speaks at various events or teaches classes on all subjects related to the Microsoft business intelligence stack, I need a way to run multiple server products on my laptop with reasonable performance. Once upon […]


Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 – Business Intelligence Samples

April 30, 2010

On April 14, 2010, Microsoft Press (blog | twitter) released my latest book, co-authored with Ross Mistry (twitter), as a free ebook download – Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2. As the title implies, this ebook is an introduction to the latest SQL Server release. Although you’ll find a comprehensive review of the product’s features […]