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Visualizing Data with Microsoft Power View 1st Edition

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Brian Larson, MCITP, MCDBA, served as a member of the Reporting Services development team on a contract basis, and has contributed to the code base. He is the Vice President of Technology for Superior Consulting Services (SCS), a Microsoft Certified Partner. Brian has been invited to speak on Reporting Services at several conferences including SQL Server Magazine Connections, has been interviewed as a subject matter expert by Microsoft TechNet, .NET Rocks, and others, and has written articles for SQL Server Magazine.
Mark Davis, MCITP, is Business Intelligence Practice Manager with Superior Consulting Services in Minneapolis. He has created BI solutions for clients across a wide spectrum of industries, including health care, finance, manufacturing, insurance, and numerous others.
Dan English, MVP, MCITP, is a Microsoft SQL Server MVP, a MCITP Business Intelligence Developer for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and 2008, and an MCTS for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 - Configuring. Dan is a Principal BI consultant at Superior Consulting Services. He currently helps to lead the Minnesota Business Intelligence User Group and is an avid blogger (denglishbi.wordpress.com), Microsoft forums helper, and tweeter (@denglishbi).
Paul Purington, MCITP, is a partner and the Vice President of Consulting at Superior Consulting Services. As a BI consultant, Paul has experience with both large and small-scale business intelligence environments.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (June 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071780823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071780827
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #715,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jeff Cate on January 15, 2013
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The team at Superior Consulting Services did a great job on this book. Microsoft did a great job on Power View. When you add the two together, this is a winner.

So much so that I have adopted it as one of the text books for the open enrollment training course I am teaching on Microsoft Self-Service BI, at SharePoint Solutions in Nashville.

One of the things that is different about this book than so many other technical books on the market is that the authors worked hard to make it suitable to teach a course from. It has "Learn by Doing" sections in each chapter that can be used as lab exercises. The sample data comes with the DVD and it is good, usable data and all of the Learn by Doing exercises work like they are supposed to. That, in itself, is a rare find in most technical books.

Microsoft offers a demo hyper-v VHD that you can download from their site that has SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition and SharePoint 2010 installed and configured. It times out after 60 days or so, but that is enough time to use the VM along with this book to learn all about Power View.
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Book assumes you have an environment with SharePoint running. Every single example or lesson depends upon that application being available. Without SharePoint, this book is USELESS!
And worse, I tried to install hyper-V so that I could have a virtual environment. Somehow I wound up with the wrong version of hyper-V, which was installed as an o/s instead of an app. I had to use a rescue disc to recover my operating system and lost a couple of days in the effort.
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This book presents the material in a very straight forward manner and makes it easy to understand. It goes beyond Power View by explaining the BISM and how to build one. The authors appear to be very knowledgeable coming right from the consulting world where real experience comes from. The videos are great and very well organized and presented.
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"A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting" - I still remember the first time I read this quote from an article about Henry David Thoreau. Even though it was a long time back, I can't forget the ample amount of time I spent pondering over the depth of these seemingly simple words. It is arguable whether the meaning of these great words ever dawned upon the 14 year old that was me at that time, but what I can say with conviction is that this new book that I am reviewing made me remember and reflect about it once again.

SQL Server 2012 has been an exciting release for techno geeks like me, and Power View has been one of the star attractions. Being a reporting enthusiast, I spared no pains in getting my laptop upgraded so that I could get to the bare minimums for testing out Power View. From the little time I spent with Power View, I found it to be really simple and easy to understand. Hence when I heard that there was a new book on Power View coming to the stands, my first question was - How on earth could there be enough matter to fill a whole book on Power View? I was pleasantly surprised when I received my copy of "Visualizing Data with Microsoft Power View".

The authors (Brian Larson, Mark Davis, Dan English and Paul Purington) have done a splendid job of explaining all the features of Power View in an easily understandable format. Even though the target audience for this book are Power View beginners which includes non-technical business users, it also gives professionals who are acquainted with the tool (like me) an opportunity to review all the functionalities and fix the gaps in learning.
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This is an excellent book..

It really helped me a lot to understand power view, and how it is related to power pivot. and more over, it introduced the new tabular analysis services semantic model

All of the above was really confusing to me, and I didn't know from where to start, I felt I'm lost. After reading this book, I feel I'm in control back again

The thing I liked most about the book is the "Learn by Doing" sections, and the videos associated with them. Specially the ones related to preparing the environment
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If you want to know Power View this is the book to get. I bought the print version and it comes with a CD/DVD with roughly 5 hours of video content. The video demos alone are worth the price of the book.
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While this book assumes an audience of developers, the first half is accessible to ordinary report writers. It is a clear overview of reporting with Power View. The second half is about building data models, and is mostly accessible to data analysts as well as developers; it focuses on modeling with Analysis Services, but there is a section on PowerPivot, and most of the information translates to PowerPivot as well. The last chapter is on deploying models, and that is relevant mostly to developers.

I haven't seen a lot of books solely on Power View, and this is a pretty good book for that purpose. You also get a crash course on modeling, which is good or bad depending on your point of view. :)
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