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Presentation: Self-Service Analysis Fundamentals with SQL Server 2008 R2

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This presentation introduces the concept of self-service analysis and the business scenarios it addresses, and discussions how SQL Server 2008 R2 can be used to meet these requirements.  An architectural overview of SQL Server 2008 R2 self-service analysis components is also provided including SQL Server 2008 R2 PowerPivot for Excel and SQL Server 2008 R2 PowerPivot Server for SharePoint 2010. Presenter: Peter Myers, Mentor, Solid Quality Mentors.

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    • Hua Yang

      Hi,
      Thanks for the post.

      I have a question: where can I find reference on how to programmatically link PowerPivot to teh data in a worksheet?

      Thanks again.
      Hua

    • rdoherty

      @Hua Yang: Hi Hua, thanks for the first non-spam comment I'VE EVER HAD!  I'm assuming you mean "How do I include table data from an Excel worksheet in my PowerPivot Model?"  This is really easy to do.  Just define a table in the same Excel workbook that contains your PowerPivot model.  Name it something useful, then select the table and switch to the PowerPivot tab.  On the ribbon you will see a section in the ribbon entitled "Excel Data".  Locate the button labeled "Create Linked Table" and click it.  Presto!  Your Excel table is now included in your PowerPivot model.  If you add or change data in the Excel table and need to refresh your PowerPivot model, click "Update All" in the same ribbon section or update just that table from the model.

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