Why BI spending defies recessions

“The thing is, winning covers up a lot of sins.” -Former Chicago Bull BJ Armstrong, when asked why Phil Jackson was such a great coach With that interview response, BJ Armstrong became one of my favorite NBA players of all time.  The honesty, the subtlety, and the guts that it took to say that… I loved it.  Phil Jackson had been lionized for years after winning so many titles with the Bulls, and later the Lakers.  And here was a…

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Kasper de Jonge Video

I just “met” Kasper a few weeks ago via Twitter, and quickly found out he’s a basketball nut – he plays the game a lot, and watches NBA broadcasts at some very strange hours :) I challenge you to watch this video, listen to his voice, and imagine him as anything other than a seven-foot-tall shot-blocking monster in the lane.  Yeah, he claims he is six-foot-three and a perimeter shooter.  Sure he is.  Self-report is a notoriously unreliable survey technique…

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Thank you

Saturday morning, less than a month after I started this site, I took the following screenshot off of the stats page:                   Wow.  That is incredibly gratifying, folks.  It helps, of course, to have a hot product like PowerPivot to talk about. But this means a bit more to me than you might think. This summer, my ex moved to Cleveland with the kids, which meant that I was soon to follow.  After a career of developing “big box” software…

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Fixed Version of the “Qty per Day” Measure

“Unless I am wrong, and I am never wrong, they are headed dead into the Fire Swamp.” -Prince Humperdink A funny thing happened today.  Kasper de Jonge asked a couple of questions (in comments) about the Introduction to DAX Measures post.  I answered the “easy” question, and then went off to find the answer to the difficult questions. Heh heh, I had them backwards.  The “easy” question led to an in-depth discussion with Howie and Marius from the DAX team,…

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At last we meet, Samurai!

“So, Lord Helmet, at last we meet again for the first time for the last time.” -Lone Starr                                                  Oldtimers who have been reading since the early days of this blog (cough cough October) know that the SharePoint Samurai became an instant hero of mine at the SharePoint conference.  I talked about him specifically here. Well folks, I am excited to say that your truly has now been interviewed by the Samurai himself! What happens when an Excel ninja meets…

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The Coming Week

A bit of a short week coming up with the Thanksgiving holiday – I am headed home to Florida on Wednesday (Gator football game as a bonus!). …but I’ve got a couple cool things in the queue to post before leaving, starting on Monday :) In the meantime, there’s a lot going on elsewhere that I’d like to make sure everyone is seeing. Two new official PowerPivot blog posts:      Scheduled and Automatic Data Refresh      Report Gallery on SharePoint…

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Updated PowerPivot for SharePoint Install Steps

Some folks have been struggling a bit with the server install of the Beta.  PowerPivotGeek has some updated steps here that should help quite a bit: http://powerpivotgeek.com/server-installation/  Also, VidasM has been a busy beaver as well, running multiple installs, troubleshooting, and helping others.  He’s summarized his findings here: http://www.powerpivot-info.com/post/66-step-by-step-guide-on-installing-powerpivot-for-sharepoint  Enjoy!

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