Introduction to PowerPivot:
PowerPivot is a Self-Service BI Tool from Microsoft. It is basically a data mashup and data exploration tool allowing us to analyze millions of records from variety of different sources in a matter of few minutes or even seconds. It is based on a in-memory technology known as “xVelocity”, which operates in memory and does all the necessary calculations within memory thereby offering a very high-speed data analysis/exploration.
It comes in two flavors:
- PowerPivot Add-In for Excel (Excel 2010 and above)
- PowerPivot for SharePoint
Here are some features of PowerPivot:
- Similar to Excel, making it easier for business users, data analysts, and excel users etc.
- Is available freely as an add-in for Excel.
- Can be installed in just few minutes and you can get started with analysis.
- Supports a wide variety of data sources.
- PowerPivot formulas/expressions (DAX) are very similar to Excel formulas/expressions.
- Due to it’s similarity to Excel, it’s very easy to adopt, and can be quickly adopted.
I am sharing very useful links, how you can create and use PowerPivot with SharePoint.
PowerPivot Part 1 – Loading Data
PowerPivot Part 2 – Preparing data
PowerPivot Part 3 – Analysis
PowerPivot Part 4 – Sharing in SharePoint 2010
PowerPivot Part 5 – Management
Introduction to Excel PowerPivot:
Important: If you are using the 32-bit version of Excel 2010, you must use the 32-bit version of PowerPivot. If you are using the 64-bit version of Excel 2010, you must use the 64-bit version of PowerPivot. The versions are not interchangeable.
PowerPivot: Install the PowerPivot Add-In for Excel
In my coming article i will give you a demo, how to create PowerPivot in Excel 2013 and how to upload it to SharePoint 2013.
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