- Series: Business Skills
- Paperback: 500 pages
- Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (March 25, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735676348
- ISBN-13: 978-0735676343
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Microsoft Excel 2013 Building Data Models with PowerPivot (Business Skills) 1st Edition
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About the Author
Alberto Ferrari has achieved Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) Maestro status and is a consultant and trainer who specializes in developing Microsoft BI solutions. He is the coauthor of Microsoft PowerPivot for Excel 2010 and Expert Cube Development with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services and SQLBI Methodology.
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Top Customer Reviews
The only aspect I was disappointed with are the sample excel workbooks that go along with each chapter. At times I found them to be incomplete, in terms of following the examples that are cited in the text. This can be frustrating when trying to understand new concepts. However, the book is brilliant, so this doesn't discourage me from giving it 5 stars.
It seems that the authors have no basic sense of how humans read and understand concepts. The authors are just giving you unlimited shots of imagination ... leaving no room for someone to understand what is happening. At times it appears that you are being taught one formula after another and then another without a breathing space. The first few chapters are basic understanding.
As soon as the first real chapter on DAX formulas start you start feel getting lost. Too much theory and technical jargon and there is no focus on a single formula. The author at beginning of each chapter assumes we have become masters with all stuff in previous chapter. The learning curve assumed is very steep and illogical in my view. It would have been much better if they started with one formula and explained that in detail before moving to next one.
I am hugely disappointed by the way content runs through the book. Programming cannot be learned by reading a 'novel' like this book which goes on and on without any room to test and practice what we have learned before. This book is total nonsense and probably the author assumes a very high IT and programming background for you which is not mentioned.
This book is even better. It shows key differences between the previous version of PowerPivot as well as traditional Pivot in a detailed manner.
It also shows how the approach needs to be different for PowerPivot vs PowerView based BI.
I recommend this book to everyone who needs to go beyond Pivot Tables (which actually means everyone who creates reports in Excel). Yes. There is a constraint because everyone does not have Excel 2013. But from my point of view the business benefits you will get due to better analytics using PowerPivot alone will pay for the incremental cost of upgrade within few months!
In the advanced part of the book we will learn to master the use of DAX as a querying language and a sort of different approaches to daily-to-daily problems in your work.