In This Chapter
The Data Mining Add-In for Microsoft Office provides you with a way to leverage the power of Analysis Services from within the familiar Excel interface. With the Data Mining Add-In, you can utilize powerful SQL Server Analysis algorithms to find data patterns, uncover hidden relationships, develop data-based predictions, and perform many more complex analyses.
In this chapter, you discover some of the ways you can use this robust analysis tool to develop analytics and reporting that would have been previously impossible with vanilla Excel.
Open Excel and look for a Data Mining tab on the Ribbon. If you see one, the Data Mining Add-In is already activated. If you don’t see the tab, you have to download and install it yourself.
Type Excel Data Mining Add-In in your favorite search engine to find the free installation package. Note that Microsoft offers versions for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2012. Be sure to download the version that matches the version of SQL Server your organization is using.
After it is installed, follow these steps to activate the add-in: