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Power View now available on the Nook!

Posted by denglishbi on July 26, 2012

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This is not a joke, you can now purchase and get the book Visualizing Data with Microsoft Power View on the Nook now:Book Cover

Barnes & Noble: Visualizing Data with Microsoft Power View by Brian Larson, Mark Davis, Dan English, Paul Purington

The book is also available on the Kindle from Amazon as well (available for free 2-day shipping if you have a Prime membership)

This is a great book to get you going on the new self-service BI reporting feature that is currently available with SQL Server 2012 using Reporting Services in SharePoint 2010 Integrated Mode and is also available now in Excel 2013 which is available for consumer preview:)

Not only does the book cover what is Power View and how to use it, but it provides tons of Learn By Doing exercises, tons of videos, great scenarios on reasons for using, and also covers how to create tabular models to support Power View along with DAX calculations and functions as well!

So what are you waiting for, don’t just take my word about it, listen to what people are saying about it on the Amazon reviews (which by the way is 5 out of 5 starts with 3 reviews currently).  Here are some snippets:

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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”

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.

This is a very cool way to learn Power View. The book contains step by step instructions that show you how to take advantage of all Power View features, and the accompanying DVD contains a video of the instructions being implemented.

There are 4 hours 48 minutes and 56 seconds of video included on the DVD. They show you how to implement the learn by doing sections of the book. Although I have an environment built for implementing the samples, the videos are great for people that don’t have the resources to put one in place.

This book covers everything you need to know to get started with Power View and creating BI Semantic Models. If you buy one book on Power View make it this one.

“Visualizing Data with Microsoft Power View” is a step by step guide which not only shows the end user how to use the Power View product but also get the most benefit out of their visualizations.

“Visualizing Data with Microsoft Power View” is well targeted at the business user and written in a context that does not alienate a non-technical user.

So what are you waiting for, get a copy, read the book, do the exercises, and most of all leave us feedback or post reviews.  Let us know what you think.  Power View is a fantastic data visualization tool and I am very excited about this new feature that is available for us to use and I hope you all are as well.

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4 Responses to “Power View now available on the Nook!”

  1. Me said

    I got the Kindle version of your book and it’s terrific! I downloaded the files from the location indicated. Unless I’m missing something, it appears that the Excel model from the download does not match the exercises in the book (example: no Date dimension, etc.). Could you possibly upload the version of the model that matches the exercises or send me that version? Thanks!

    • denglishbi said

      There are a few Excel files with the download material. Two of them actually have PowerPivot models in them and the one labeled “Pan-Geo Tourism by Country” is the one that you create in the Part II book and end up importing into a Tabular SSAS project in SSDT. This is the one that does have a Date dimension table. The other model file “PGHT Tourism PowerPivot Model” is one that is used in a Learn By Doing exercise to show how you can create a Power View report from within the PowerPivot Gallery. That one does not contain a date dimension file. For the rest of the exercises everything is based on the Tabular SSAS model and that contains everything and that is the one if you go through Part II gets built out.

      Hope that helps you out, let me know if you have any other questions and let us know what you think of the book. Thanks for purchasing it and hope you enjoy it:)

  2. Me said

    My apologies. You are absolutely right…user error! 🙂 I just finished the book, working through all exercises along the way, and everything worked perfectly! The “Using Powerview” part and the “Creating a BI Semantic Model” part were EXACTLY what I needed to get up to speed lightning fast on this cool new MS product. Thanks for your quick response, for your blog, and for becoming an author.

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