By Sivakumar Harinath

With PowerPivot, Microsoft brings the ability of Microsoft's enterprise intelligence instruments to Excel and SharePoint clients. Self-service enterprise intelligence at the present time augments conventional BI tools, permitting speedier reaction time and bigger flexibility. in case you are a enterprise decision-maker who makes use of Microsoft place of work or an IT specialist chargeable for deploying and coping with your organization's enterprise intelligence platforms, this advisor might help you're making the main of PowerPivot.

Professional Microsoft PowerPivot for Excel and SharePoint describes all features of PowerPivot and exhibits you the way to exploit each one of its significant positive factors. by the point you're accomplished with this ebook, you may be good in your approach to turning into a PowerPivot expert.

This publication is for those who are looking to know about PowerPivot from finish to finish. you will have a few rudimentary wisdom of databases and information research. Familiarity with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft SharePoint is useful, for the reason that PowerPivot builds on these products.

This e-book covers the 1st model of PowerPivot, which ships with SQL Server 2008 R2 and complements Microsoft workplace 2010. It offers an outline of PowerPivot and a close glance its parts: PowerPivot for Excel and PowerPivot for SharePoint. It explains the applied sciences that make up those elements, and provides a few perception into why those elements have been applied the best way they have been. via a longer instance, it indicates the right way to construct a PowerPivot program from finish to end.

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Click OK. ” If you click on this, you will see the filters you have applied. indd 28 5/11/10 12:46:49 PM Setting the Stage╇ 8. ❘╇ 29 Click the Finish button. After you click the Finish button, PowerPivot for Excel sends a command to the VertiPaq engine to create the PowerPivot data store (Analysis Services database), and to retrieve the data from the relational backend. The PowerPivot data will be used for further operations initiated by you in the PowerPivot Window, as well as from the PowerPivot tab in Excel.

Displaylang=en&FamilyID=868662dc-187a-4a85-b611-b7df7dc909fc. Contoso is a global retail company selling various products in several countries via several stores. The company maintains sales, inventory information for products, IT, and finance scenarios, as well as sales quota for each store. In this tutorial, you import some of the tables from the Contoso database into Excel as Excel worksheets to learn certain features of PowerPivot. As you follow the steps outlined here, you will build a self-service BI application designed for the executives of Contoso to compare their sales against their sales quota, as well as comparing inventory levels in various stores.

Indd 12 5/11/10 12:46:36 PM Power Pivot: Microsoft’s Implementation of Self-Service BI ╇ ❘╇ 13 Figure€1-5:╇ ╉The PowerPivot Window with multiple tables imported Yet another difference between PowerPivot and Excel is the sheer amount of data that can be included in a single table. In later versions of Excel, the number of columns and rows that can be included in a table was increased greatly to be able to have worksheets with up to 1 million rows of data. While this may seem like a lot, in the BI world, a table with 1 million rows of data is considered small or medium-sized.

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