Category Archives: OLAP

How To Really Publish Excel Data To Power BI

OK .. I’m going to try to make this as short as I possibly can. I am sick of docs that do not explain to people how to REALLY accomplish something 😦  … I want this to be different but … Continue reading

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How To Change Data Sources Dynamically In Excel With Power Query

My Crow Eating Exercise This past week I asked on this blog whether anyone out there was using the technique I wrote about years ago for dynamically changing the Source Connections for Power Pivot Tables in Excel.  I have noticed … Continue reading

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How To Change Connection Type In Power Pivot

Every day, day in and day out, the most popular posting I have here is this one: https://dmoffat.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/how-you-can-change-to-another-connection-type-in-powerpivot/ and this one: https://dmoffat.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/building-a-flexible-and-efficient-client-side-powerpivot-solution-in-excel-2013-2/ I personally use these techniques all the time, for years now and it is my standard modus-operandi for … Continue reading

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Is Power BI For Real ?

Thought of the day … I have been messing around with Power BI for a while now and while it “looks” great and does “good demo” I’m finding it almost impossible to build anything that I can rely on  .. … Continue reading

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Here We Go … REAL JavaScript Macros For Excel ?

I have been completely open and honest (as usual) about my contempt for the useless offerings that Microsoft has tried to pass for “Automation” in Excel using JavaScript.  Their concept of “Add-Ins” which do little more than allow you to … Continue reading

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My Thoughts On Excel TV

Earlier this week I appeared on the Excel TV broadcast with Rick Grantham, Jordan Goldmeier and Oz du Soleil …  It was great fun for sure and I hope it was somewhat valuable to the broad Excel community (and even … Continue reading

Posted in Access, Access Solutions, Business Intelligence, Cloud, Excel, Excel 2013, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Access 2013, Microsoft Excel 2013, Office 2013, Office Automation, OLAP, PowerPivot, Process Automation, Spreadsheets, the Cloud, Uncategorized, VBA | 8 Comments

Microsoft Excel And Azure RemoteApps … How About A Full-Featured Version Of Excel On Every Device?

I recently posted here about the opportunities for Access Developers in the Azure RemoteApps technology.  I know that it will cost your clients a bit more than the free ride they have been on with Access (some of them for … Continue reading

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The Microsoft Rapture

Read this link before reading my comments here: http://www.geekwire.com/2014/internal-memo-microsoft-cut-external-staff-18-months-requiring-six-month-break/ I believe that this (even more than the 18000 announced last week – most of whom are at Nokia) will force a HUGE reorg of Microsoft before the end of 2014 … Continue reading

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Data Access Is STILL The Problem

Below is a replay of a posting I made here waaaay back in 2011.  It discusses an issue that is not only STILL a problem for people trying to help businesses analyze their data but that is now exponentially worse … Continue reading

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How Many Versions Of My Data Do I Really Want?

I got into a bit of a disagreement with someone today over the idea of Pre-Aggregation of data before bringing it into PowerPivot in Excel as opposed to bringing in all the source data for all the tables to be … Continue reading

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