Today I am going to spend some time trying to convince (and demonstrate to) Excel Power Pivot users that it is easy and valuable to learn some simple SQL code. SQL is one of the easiest languages I have ever…
Guest Post by Dany Hoter
After I published a post about manipulating relationships, Rob suggested that I take a step back and cover the entire scope of what’s possible with the object model.
Can you build a model from scratch? Can you add a new table to an existing table? Can you add calculated columns? What about calculated measures? , Can you change a connection for an existing table in the model?
The short answer to these questions is Yes, Yes, No, No, Yes
The longer version is the rest of this post. Everything in this post is NOT possible in Excel 2010 – this stuff works in 2013 only.
The object model consists of the following elements:
The only property that I found useful in this list is ModelRelationships collection which I used extensively in the previous post.
The ModelTables collection looks promising as it contains ModelTableColumns and could be the way to introduce new tables, new columns or even measures into the model. Unfortunately all these collections are read-only and cannot be used for adding to the model.
So how is still possible to add new tables or even to start a model from scratch?
It all has to do with the method add2 of the Connections collection.
Guest post by Scott Senkeresty
Get it? “Median?” SO Funny!
Rob is on-site with a client this week, so the reins, mic, baton or other appropriate metaphor gets handed to me today. We get to today’s topic by means of a discussion on calculating a median in DAX:
Scott: That sounds easy. Just use TopN to grab half the numbers in ascending order, then another TopN against descending values to grab the final value(s) (Glossing over odd vs even number of data rows)
Rob: What are you going to do about ties?
Scott: <Blank Stare>
It turns out that calculating a median in DAX is pretty tricky. Rob contends that sneaky street fighting tactics are required to deal with ties…where in my heart of hearts, I believe an elegant solution exists. Hopefully we can get to the bottom of that in a future blog post.
This is a Pretty Dramatic Dip and Recovery. What Else Could Explain It? I’m all ears.
No DAX Required
Nothing fancy here, just a chart of page views of a very specific page on this site – the What is PowerPivot? page. I use that page as an indicator of new interest – most people viewing it are “early” in their Power Pivot journeys.
That dip starting in February is incredible. What else could explain it other than the decision to remove Power Pivot from most “flavors” of 2013? Eight months later, after Power Pivot re-appeared in Excel 2013 Standalone, we’re back to the same “slope” of the line that we had in February. Maybe a little better.
Of course, Power Pivot usage was STILL growing, a LOT, during the dip. And in fact growing by a lot more than the same months in 2012. It’s just that the RATE of growth fell during those months. The faucet of new users was still flowing, and flowing fast. It was just “turned down” from full speed for a few months.
But imagine where we’d be WITHOUT this 6-8 month dip in growth rate. The curve leading up to February looks awfully exponential doesn’t it? Let’s take a look…
OK, the haze is clearing a bit. The news is mostly good but this whole situation never should have existed anyway. 1) People outside the USA *are* succeeding with Excel 2013 Standalone – it IS giving them Power Pivot, although…
If You Install Excel 2013 Standalone, and Update to Version 1511, You Will Have Power Pivot I got confirmation yesterday, both from Microsoft and from a reader, that this week’s patch update from Microsoft fixed the problem that’s been…
***Update Oct 11, 2013: I’ve been given the “all clear” by Microsoft and from readers that as of this week, Excel 2013 Standalone DOES include and successfully install Power Pivot! See this post for details. *** After a few readers…
Update Oct 11, 2013: I’ve been given the “all clear” by Microsoft and from readers that as of this week, Excel 2013 Standalone DOES include and successfully install Power Pivot!
See this post for details.
…and there was much rejoicing
Well folks the wait is over. Microsoft now offers a way for us to get Power Pivot at home in 2013!
It’s not quite “free” like it used to be (and still is) in 2010, but it’s not super expensive either, and the mere fact that we CAN buy it through retail channels is a big deal. All in all, I call this a Good Thing. It is most welcome.
All you need is love. Oh, and Excel Standalone.
So, if you have Office 2013 already installed and you want to add Power Pivot, you just buy Excel Standalone and install THAT over the top, and you get Power Pivot and Power View.
If you have don’t have 2013 installed and have no desire to get all of the other apps, hey, you can just get Excel Standalone and forgo the rest I guess
Amazon Purchasing Options: $99 Download (Left), $79 “Non-Commercial” Version (Right)
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Yeah what the heck IS that? From a trusted Microsoft source, we have this definition:
I’ve been getting this question a lot lately: How does Power View relate to PowerPivot? Is PV a replacement for PP? (And why does PV have a space in it while PP does not?)
First: Understand that PowerPivot is Kinda Two Things
Let’s rewind all the way back to Office 2010, a world in which PV does not exist. (For most of you, we call this time Today. And for those stuck on 2007 or 2003, you may refer to this as Tomorrow. Or maybe even the Day After Tomorrow).
In that world, which is where this blog largely lives, it’s helpful to reflect that PowerPivot has two parts: the PowerPivot window, and the Excel window. They have the following relationship:
Scene: A Taco Joint in Redmond
Two weeks ago. I’m in Redmond for the MVP Summit. I’m meeting an old friend and colleague for lunch at our old favorite taco joint. We sit down at our table. I glance over at the booth right next to us, and who do I see?
The Microsoft executive most directly capable of altering the 2013 PowerPivot story.
When I was still working in Redmond, I might pass this guy in the hallways once every year. But here I am, in town for a few days, and he’s sitting right next to me at a hole-in-the-wall taco joint two miles from campus.
A fateful, pulse-quickening moment. What do I do? (Story continued below).
An Update (of Sorts) on the 2013 PowerPivot Story
The most-commented post in this history of this website continues to churn, and I thought it was time today for me to check back in and tell you what I can.
I will say, up front, that I will not violate my NDA with Microsoft, nor will I betray the good faith of anyone at MS who opens up and talks to me. Doing either of those would not be in my best interest or that of anyone reading this, since that would crimp any future information flow.
That message bolded above is aimed primarily at anyone from MS who might be reading this and getting nervous about talking to me.
Got that, agent of Redmond? You have nothing to fear from me . And really, I came here today not to bury Caesar, but to praise him.
First, a word on perception vs. reality