Building Custom Extensions to the PowerPivot Management Dashboard
The PowerPivot management dashboard allows administrators to identify bottlenecks, track resource consumption and in general understand how the PowerPivot parts on the farm are running. An important feature of the dashboard is that it is extensible. Administrators can write and add new reports to the dashboard. In this chalk talk, we present the reporting schema that PowerPivot provides and show how some of the most frequently used reports are implemented. We take a few, sample ‘what-if’ scenarios and show how to solve the requirement via a report and then link that report into the dashboard. To have the scenarios be as real-world as possible, we open up the list to suggestions from attendees prior to the session and let them submit their requests for what kind of reports they would like to see us develop in the talk.