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Visualizing Data with Microsoft Crescent

Posted by denglishbi on October 7, 2011

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Yes, it is official, I am now an author.  Yesterday I noticed that the Visualizing Data with Microsoft Crescent book is now listed on Amazon.  I had been asked by Brian Larson if I wanted to collaborate on writing a book for the new reportCrescentBookCover authoring tool and I of course immediately said ‘YES’. I am also one of the technical editors of his other two books for Reporting Services and Delivering Business Intelligence for the new SQL11 release.  There are four of us from Superior Consulting Services that are working on the new Crescent book and so far it has been a very enjoyable experience.  I have been doing the blogging, tweeting, and presenting, so now it is on to something new and actually working towards a published book.

So some insight into the book, this book is going to cover the new reporting authoring tool ‘Crescent’ that is coming out in the next release of SQL11.  This is a new Silverlight browser based reporting experience that will be part of the Reporting Services Integrated Mode configuration with SharePoint 2010.  Not only will the book cover the reporting experience, but we will also go over the Business Intelligence Semantic Models (BISM) which is the new terminology being actively talked about now with SQL11.  In addition to this there will be samples and videos that will provide a very in-depth learning experience so that you will be able to get up-to-speed and familiar with both Crescent and BI Semantic Models.

Now you might know that ‘Crescent’ is the code name provided to this new feature in SQL11 and next week during the PASS 2011 Summit we should be able to have an official name to associate with this along with a few other SQL11 items (maybe even the product itself – 2011 or 2012?).  For the time being though this is the cover, but in the next week or so it should be updated to say ‘Visualizing Data with Microsoft …’.

So for the time being all I can say is thanks to Brian for the opportunity, thanks to my family for their understanding, and I hope that everyone will enjoy the book (and videos).  You can go ahead and pre-order your copy today Visualizing Data with Microsoft Crescent.

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4 Responses to “Visualizing Data with Microsoft Crescent”

  1. Howard Wild said

    Dan, Congratulations on the book. Is there anywhere we can see the contents or “look inside”?

    • denglishbi said

      Thanks. At this time I can tell you that the book will be broken out in two parts with one focusing on using Power View (“Crescent”) and building reports and the other focusing on the BI Semantic Model. Along with the book there will be tutorials, samples, and videos going over the functionality.

  2. nandhakumar said

    hi Dan,
    I show data into power view so how to dynamically data update sql database to ssas.

    • denglishbi said

      Not sure if I fully understand the question. You want to use Power View? If so and the data is currently only in relational SQL database, the quickest way would be to load this into Excel with PowerPivot. Once in PowerPivot you can setup the relationships and upload to SharePoint. Once in SharePoint you can then generate Power View reports from the PowerPivot tabular model, assuming SSRS 2012 is integrated into SharePoint 2010 and also PowerPivot for SharePoint is configured.

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