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1) Power Pivot needs parameter capabilities
2) Power Pivot needs to allow drill down
It's a great tool, but putting a tool like this on top of a warehouse requires the two items above. Otherwise its not really a viable solution for data analysis in large companies. :(
Definitely good suggestions. Recommend adding this feedback to connect.microsoft.com/.../Feedback so that the right folks can follow up.
And regarding: 'not really a viable solution for data analysis in large companies' -- Keep in mind that PowerPivot is not supposed to be a Corporate BI solution. It's an important tool that adds managed self-service capabilities to the BI picture. It's what even the biggest organizations where missing in the last decade. We see PowerPivot increasingly deployed at the largest accounts. It's the tool that gets them out of Excel hell. As you said, it's a great tool. Check out the vision and roadmap update (blogs.msdn.com/.../analysis-services-vision-amp-roadmap-update.aspx) to see how PowerPivot fits in. There are three important pieces for Analysis Services now with Denali: PowerPivot, BISM Tabular, and BISM Multidimensional. They all have their purpose in a larger BI strategy. It's the combination that enables you to meet the needs of your organization better than ever before.