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Passing parameters to SQL stored procedures in Power BI Desktop

Posted by Andy Brown on 30 November 2016

This blog summarises how to run SQL statements in a Power BI Desktop query, using dynamic SQL to pass in parameter values

How to pick out the first and last dates for a given group using DAX

Posted by Andy Brown on 06 October 2016

It's often challenging working out how to use DAX to solve specific problems. This blog shows how to produce a pivot table showing the first and last instances of any category.

Tags:   Excel | PowerPivot    |    Power BI - Excel 2013 | PowerPivot

How to use the FOR XML keywords in SQL to concatenate ids

Posted by Andy Brown on 27 September 2016

If you want to group items in a SQL query, showing a comma-delimited list of ids for each, generating an XML file is not the obvious place to start - but it should be.

Tags:   SQL | General

How to get Excel to read out cell values on calculation

Posted by Andy Brown on 26 September 2016

A short blog explaining how you can get Excel to read out values in cells every time that you recalculate a worksheet.

Tags:   Writing VBA | Other    |    VBA macros | Working with ranges

How to post comments onto the Wise Owl website

Posted by Andy Brown on 09 September 2016

If you want to initiate (or take part in) a discussion on our website, you'll first need to create a post - and to do that, you'll need to register on our site. This blog explains how to do both these things!

Tags:   Musings | Random musings

Have you got any suggestions for future Wise Owl training courses?

Posted by Andy Brown on 09 September 2016

Please let us know if you can think of any training course that you think we should be offering, but which isn't in our current portfolio.

Tags:   Musings | The future

Which Power BI course should you take - Excel Power BI or Power BI Desktop?

Posted by Andy Brown on 22 July 2016

Microsoft are pursuing two separate BI lines at the moment: one for the Power BI tools which run within Excel, and another for the standalone application called Desktop Power BI. This blog attempts to explain the differences between two applications with such confusingly similar names!

Tags:   Excel | PowerPivot    |    Power BI - Excel 2013 | General    |    Power BI Desktop | General

Using Xamarin to develop mobile phone apps in Visual Studio

Posted by Andy Brown on 12 July 2016

With Visual Studio 2015 you can now develop for a wide range of mobile platforms, including IoS (Apple), Android and even the Apple Watch.

SQL Server 2016 contains lots of new goodies, as this blog explains

Posted by Andy Brown on 11 July 2016

Microsoft have made huge changes to SQL Server Reporting Services and Analysis Services (Tabular Model), and smaller ones to SSIS, SSAS (cubes) and SQL. This blog gives the main highlights, with links to blogs giving the full Monty for each area of SQL Server 2016.

Tags:   SQL Server 2016 | General

An analysis of the main new features in SQL Server Reporting Services 2016

Posted by Andy Brown on 11 July 2016

Microsoft have put a lot of effort into SSRS 2016, including completely rewriting Report Manager (it's now called Web Portal) and creating separate software for publishing reports to mobiles. There are lots of new features to contemplate!

How to install Visual Studio 2015 Community and SQL Server 2016 Developer

Posted by Andy Brown on 11 July 2016

This short blog summarises how to get legitimate free copies of Visual Studio 2015 and SQL Server 2016 Developer installed on your laptop or computer.

This blog summarises the (many) new features in Analysis Services 2016 (Tabular)

Posted by Andy Brown on 08 July 2016

Microsoft have made lots of improvements to SSAS (Tabular model) - we particularly like the new DAX editor! This blog lists all of the most interesting changes, divided into 4 separate sections.

A quick summary of new features in Analysis Services multi-dimensional model

Posted by Andy Brown on 08 July 2016

What's new for cubes (or Analysis Services multi-dimensional models, to give them their full title)? Virtually nothing, as this oh-so-short blog makes clear.

A summary of the main new features in SQL Server Integration Services 2016

Posted by Andy Brown on 08 July 2016

My favourite new feature in SSIS 2016 is the ability to group components of a package together for reuse elsewhere, but there are quite a few more nice new ideas!

What's new in the T-SQL language for SQL Server 2016

Posted by Andy Brown on 23 June 2016

A quick summary of the (few) new language features introduced into SQL for SQL Server 2016.

Tags:   SQL Server 2016 | General

A strange error when using Web Extensions to auto-compile SASS

Posted by Andy Brown on 19 May 2016

A short blog explaining a compile error I got using Web Extensions - here's hoping it saves someone else some time!

Using SSIS to loop over the worksheets in an Excel workbook, importing each

Posted by Andy Brown on 07 April 2016

Looping over Excel workbooks is one thing, but how can you loop over all of the worksheets in a single workbook, importing the contents of each? This blog explains the steps you need to follow.

Tags:   SSIS | Files and folders

Unpivoting data in SSIS using the Unpivot transformation

Posted by Andy Brown on 07 April 2016

If you've been given the output from a pivot table or a cube, you can collapse it back into its original state using the UNPIVOT transform in Integration Services.

Tags:   SSIS | Data flow

In SSMS, how to add multiple aliases to tables using the ALT key

Posted by Andy Brown on 23 March 2016

It's only a small thing, but … this blog shows how you can click and drag with the ALT key held down, then type to apply a table alias to lots of tables simultaneously.

Tags:   SQL | Tables and columns    |    T-SQL | Other

Creating an exchange rate slicer in PowerPivot

Posted by Andy Brown on 11 March 2016

A way to create a slicer in PowerPivot to choose which exchange rate to use (ie for which currency to show results).

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