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  • Blog Post: Best practices for building hybrid business intelligence environments

    Last week, authors Joseph D'Antoni and Stacia Misner released a new white paper that talks in detail about the use of Power BI in a hybrid environment taking advantage of the Data Management Gateway. In their words from the white paper summary: "Many organizations are taking advantage of the benefits...
  • Blog Post: Visualizing the Primetime Emmy History

    The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony will be held tonight at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles. Like every other TV fan around the world, I'll be watching. That is why I decided to honor the men and women that create these amazing shows for us with a visualization of Emmy Primetime and International...
  • Blog Post: Saudi Airlines visualizes data with Power BI to better manage its global operations

    Last week Microsoft News published an amazing story about one of our most interesting customers. Saudi Airlines , among the largest airlines in the Middle East, has implemented a business intelligence (BI) solution that includes Power BI for Office 365 . The usual suspects of data analysis pain...
  • Blog Post: Power BI is changing the way health services are provided

    This blog post was authored by Tom Lawry, Director Worldwide Health, Microsoft With healthcare representing one of the fastest growing business segments for Business Intelligence, Power BI is finding its way in to healthcare organizations worldwide where it’s being used to improve quality, performance...
  • Blog Post: Data Visualization for the 2014 World Cup results using Excel and Power BI

    This blog post was authored by Marc Reguera, Finance Director, Microsoft After the success and interested generated by my first post, Visualizing the World Cup history with Excel and Power BI , I decided to update the model with data from the 2014 Brazil World Cup and analyze how the history of the...
  • Blog Post: Power BI July Roundup

    “Microsoft received high client feedback scores for its agile, business user self-service and advanced data visualization functionality. Clients also gave Microsoft BI a high score for its product vision”. This quote from the Forrester Wave: Agile Business Intelligence Platforms report released...
  • Blog Post: Earth's Rising Tempers: Unlocking Volcanoes Insights with Power BI

    Volcanoes are one of the most destructive forces of nature and always get a fair amount of attention from the general public and the scientific community. Volcanic activity generates thousands of data points. Remy Tom, one of our semi-finalist of the Power BI Demo Contest leveraged hundreds of years...
  • Blog Post: Behind the Scenes: How Power BI Handled The World Cup

    In this post Importing the Data with Power Query Getting the right format with Power Query Power Pivot Power Q&A Crawl, then walk This year’s world cup was filled with unbelievable surprises; Miroslav Klose’s record breaking total goals, Germany’s thrashing of...
  • Blog Post: NBA games live tweeting and buzzer beating

    Do you think live tweeting can affect the outcome of NBA games? Do you usually tweet when watching a game? Can you guess if Twitter activity spikes at certain moments? Michael Carper , winner of the Power BI Demo Contest, tried to answer these questions using all the Excel and Power BI features at...
  • Blog Post: Forrester names Microsoft as a Leader in Agile Business Intelligence

    This month, Microsoft was acknowledged as a Leader in the Forrester Wave: Agile Business Intelligence Platforms. “Microsoft received high client feedback scores for its agile, business user self-service and advanced data visualization functionality. Clients also gave Microsoft BI a high score...
  • Blog Post: Power Map July Update

    Last month in the June update we focused on quality improvements for Power Map, including enhanced interaction with maps on touch devices. The touch experience should feel smoother, more fluid, and more predictable. Using your feedback, we also improved stability. Thank you for sending in your error...
  • Blog Post: New in Power BI: Cloud Modeling for Q and A

    In May, the Q&A team released an update to Q&A that enabled a wider variety of natural language questions that can be answered as well as personal customization of certain types of questions. In the new cloud modeling environment, it is now possible to define new terms and resolve any ambiguity...
  • Blog Post: Power BI June Roundup

    "For many companies data is buried treasure. There are riches in there that can completely and utterly transform a company’s fortunes, but they don’t do you any good if you don’t have the tools to dig them up" according to Geoff Carter, writer of Amir Netz profile on Microsoft Stories...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with Excel and Power BI Series

    Over the next couple of weeks, we'll introduce you to the basic usage of all the latest and greatest features in Excel and Power BI. How do you know if this is the right series for you? Here are a few questions to help you decide: Are you new to Power BI? Did you sign up for the trial but don...
  • Blog Post: World Cup: comparing contrast 20 years worth of data with natural language

    June 26 th marked the end of the Round Robin stage, and we saw the World’s best teams crash out early while seeing other teams fight their way to the next round. There is no easy path to winning the World Cup, and we’re in for a treat for the next 16 games. Try PowerBI Q&A on World...
  • Blog Post: The Amir Netz Selection

    Yesterday Microsoft News featured Amir Netz on its People series . Amir is a Technical Fellow, Chief Designer of SQL Server and Chief Architect of Microsoft BI offerings. He holds more than 40 patents, including PowerPivot and Power View. He has been with us since 1997 when the company he founded, Panorama...
  • Blog Post: Visualizing the World Cup history with Excel and Power BI

    This blog post was authored by Marc Reguera, finance director, Microsoft Besides my family and friends, I have two additional passions in life: soccer and data visualization. Like most kids growing up in Europe, my dream was to become a soccer professional. I wanted this so badly that I actually followed...
  • Blog Post: What would be your question if you could ask the Power BI team anything?

    That was the question that has been on our minds for some time, and the Power BI team was up to the challenge. Thus, we decided to set up a Reddit AMA session , which we held last Tuesday June 10th. The premise was simple: ask us anything. The Power BI team spent hours answering questions from users...
  • Blog Post: Try Power BI Q&A with World Cup data!

    In this Post The World Cup through the lens of technology The Dataset Next Week Instructions: Try Power BI Q&A yourself The World Cup through the lens of technology Want to just dive into the World Cup interactive data search experience?, have fun! The 2014 World Cup starts...
  • Blog Post: Power BI May Roundup

    The Power BI team is starting a new Power BI series in our blog. Our community is growing, and there is an amazing array of content that we would love to highlight and share with our readers. That is why every month we will publish a summary of the top five articles about Power BI and Excel BI capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Explore the Top 250 Movies since 1921

    Moviegoers have a lot of tools at their disposal today compared to decades ago. With the amount of movies being released every week, now they can research about, find showtimes for and even rate their favorite flicks in sites like IMDb.com . Dan English created this interactive dashboard using IMDb...
  • Blog Post: The visualization that changed the world of data

    In 1854, a cholera outbreak in London puzzled the scientific community as well as the local authorities. Dr. John Snow, an epidemiologist studying the outbreak was trying to find the root causes by looking at the data available. Dr. Snow's approach is very similar to the approach scientists use today...
  • Blog Post: New in Power BI: Data Source Management

    Introduction The data management capabilities in Power BI for Office 365 are delivered both in the Power Query add-in for Excel, and in the Manage Data Portal in Office 365 . To help data stewards and information workers get the most from their Power BI experience, we’ve updated the Manage Data...
  • Blog Post: Explore the world's roller coasters with Power BI

    Our Power BI demo contes t is completed! Now we want to show you some of the best submissions we received, and give you a chance to play with them. The first one comes from our finalist Devin Knight and his take on Roller Coasters. We invite you to play with this live visualization and find answers...
  • Blog Post: May updates for Power Map now available to all Office 365 customers and Preview extension available for Office 2013

    Today we are announcing that Power Map will become available to all Office 365 subscriptions that include the Office applications. This is part of our larger investment in making data visualizations more accessible to our customers. We are in the process of updating both Office.com and TechNet to reflect...
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