What's in this chapter?
Introduction to PowerPivot
Importing data into PowerPivot
Explaining the PowerPivot window
Analyzing and enriching data
In Chapter 9 you learned about Microsoft Business Intelligence Semantic Model (BISM). You learned that it is made up of two components: multidimensional mode, which corresponds to the previous unified dimensional model (UDM), and tabular modeling, which is a more recent approach first implemented in the initial release of PowerPivot in SQL Server 2008 R2, with an add-in for Excel as the model development tool.
The Analysis Services team received a lot of positive feedback on PowerPivot. It considered different approaches for how to evolve it and make it available for corporate BI developers, as well as enable the underlying model for Power View for self-service business users performing highly interactive, visual analysis. SQL Server 2012 has two development tools for creating tabular models: an enhanced PowerPivot add-in for Excel and a new tabular development environment in Visual Studio for BI applications. This chapter focuses primarily on PowerPivot for Excel and covers these topics:
A key aspect of Microsoft's vision behind self-service ...