Does Excel Do MDX?

One of my primary interests at present is Business Intelligence (BI), using available tools to present meaningful information to the business that actually adds value. I won’t go into what BI is, the quality of BI products available at present, or the how businesses perceive or fails to perceive BI, that may be a topic for another day, but rather in developing my skills and capabilities in this area. Excel is a wonderful medium for presenting this information, and the majority users that I know would rather use Excel than other tools. Most people who are familiar with BI will … Continue reading Does Excel Do MDX?

Server Stage 1 Installed

In a previous post, I mentioned that I had just got a new server, and what I intended to do with it. Progress has been slow. It had been my intention to load Windows 2008 on the machine, but I didn’t have an ISO image on disc and so I had to download it from MS. Unfortunately, that was far from simple. The download kept crashing saying that it could not read the file (after about 500Mb). I eventually managed a successful download last Saturday (it took hours). That was not the end of my problems, far from it. The … Continue reading Server Stage 1 Installed