Power View Overview

Power View Overview

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By now, you have probably heard of Power View, the interactive data exploration, visualization, and presentation experience shipping in Reporting services in SQL Server 2012. It’s one of the features we are very excited about. Since we heard a rumor that it could be the subject of a future contest (hint hint) we are presenting a quick overview and list of resources for your reading pleasure.

Power View, formerly known as “Project Crescent,” is an end-user focused tool that provides easy to use ad-hoc reporting and data exploration for users ranging from analysts to information workers. Reports can be created from data in PowerPivot workbooks or tabular BI Semantic Models deployed to SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services. Running in a browser, powered by SharePoint Server 2010, Power View enables users to present their insights through highly interactive visual presentations.

If you haven’t seen what Power View is capable of, this video is a great intro for you to watch.

For a deep-dive into the overview, see the TechNet page.

Want to create a sample Power View report of your own? Click on the image for a link to a tutorial on building your own report.


Finally, we have some demos you can try out that don’t require you to build your own report. All you have to do is login with a Windows Live ID and follow the instructions. Click on each of the pictures below and you will be taken to the report.

Contoso Oil and Gas sample report and model


Tailspin Toys sample report and model


Contoso Schools sample report and model


Picnic sample report and model


Car Auto sales and models



If you want to see how you can manipulate these reports, there’s a video demo of the Car Auto Sales and Models that you can watch here.

As you can see, there is a wealth of resources out there for you to dive into. Check them out and make sure you download and try SQL Server RC0.

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  • Looking forward to building something cool with it. Please check out my blog to see the overview and comparison to other Self-service tools @ bicortex.com/implementing-self-service-bi-with-tableau-public-microsoft-powerview-and-worldwide-telescope-with-excel-add-in

  • None of those links are working for me.  Is something down?

  • Yeah, keep getting a connection timeout. Doesn't bode well as a demo piece...

  • Is this demo dead? Moved?

    This was a great place to send customers to see PowerView reports, but now it appears all the links to the businessintelligencedemoportal are dead

  • Another poke on the dead demo links - my business users are extremely interested in this technology and I can't show them anything persuasive.

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