Keep It Simple? Don’t be Daft!

Keep It Simple? Don’t Be Daft! I was recently working on a project where we were using SSRS to create XML reports which are then imported into Excel to facilitate further analysis. Unfortunately, I could not see any option in PowerPivot to connect to an XML source. There is the option for text and RSS, but no XML that I can see. I know I could create an RDL and connect to that, but XML is far more than just SSRS. I raised this with some colleagues, and one of them pointed me to this Microsoft article, Data Feed XML … Continue reading Keep It Simple? Don’t be Daft!

Formulas Made Easy

I have been playing with PowerPivot recently, and one of the sites I have visited is Rob Collie’s PowerPivotPro blog, http://powerpivotpro.com/. One particular post that caught my eye was a guest post by Colin Banfield, on building complex DAX formulas in NotePad++. As Colin noted, the PowerPivot formula editor is severely limited, a better option is required when working with more complex DAX formulae. As Colin suggested, NotePad++ can provide this better option; with code folding, keyword highlighting, and Intellisense. In his post, Colin showed how to extend NotePad++ to provide this functionality for DAX formulas. Being primarily an Excel … Continue reading Formulas Made Easy