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

Posted by Andy Brown on 22 July 2016 | no comments

Microsoft are pursuing two separate BI lines at the moment: one for tools which run within Excel, and another for a standalone application called Desktop BI. This blog attempts to explain the difference!

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 | no comments

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 | no comments

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 | no comments

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 | no comments

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 | no comments

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 | no comments

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 | no comments

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 | no comments

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 | no comments

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 | no comments

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 | no comments

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 | no comments

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

Creating an exchange rate slicer in PowerPivot

Posted by Andy Brown on 11 March 2016 | no comments

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

How to use security roles to restrict access to your SSAS Tabular model

Posted by Andy Brown on 26 February 2016 | no comments

Perspectives in Analysis Services let you show different parts of your tabular model to different people, but they don't have any security. To ensure that the right eyes see the right bits of your model, you'll need to create and manage security roles, as explained in this blog.

Administrator access to a tabular Analysis Services instance

Posted by Andy Brown on 22 February 2016 | no comments

This blog gives an outline of how to add administrators to an instance of SSAS, and how to set whether some accounts are automatically made administrators by default.

How to use DirectQuery to run queries in SSAS Tabular against SQL Server tables

Posted by Andy Brown on 22 February 2016 | no comments

DirectQuery mode allows you to run queries in Analysis Services (Tabular) directly against the underlying SQL Server tables imported into the model. This blog explains what DirectQuery is, shows how to enable it and gives an idea of its pros and cons.

Find how to use table partitions in SSAS Tabular to process data more quickly

Posted by Andy Brown on 19 February 2016 | no comments

You can partition a table in SSAS Tabular, which involves processing it in chunks rather than in one fell swoop. This blog explains how partitions work, and how to set them up and use them.

How to process tables in your model, and ideas for speeding processing up

Posted by Andy Brown on 19 February 2016 | no comments

Processing tables involves loading data into your model, and can take a long time. This blog explains how processing works in SSAS Tabular and the different options available to you, shows how to process tables or models, and gives some ideas on how to make processing run more quickly.

Using tabular model perspectives to restrict which tables a user sees

Posted by Andy Brown on 18 February 2016 | no comments

Perspectives in SSAS tabular are windows which allow you to control who sees which bits of your model. They're really easy to set up, as this blog shows, but aren't a substitute for setting security roles.