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Dynamic MDX for when the Last Day of Data isn’t Always “Day-1”

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When building a report or a dashboard, have you ever encountered a situation where the last day of data in a cube isn’t a consistent distance from the current day?  For example, what if “Yesterday” is sometimes “Two Days Ago”?  When building a KPI that displays the last day of data for a scorecard on

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Dynamic BI Pareto Analysis using PowerPivot for Excel

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In July I posted an article detailing the process by which to create a Dynamic BI Pareto Chart in Excel using PowerPivot.  That post can be reviewed at this link.  A video from a few years ago with a walk-through for creating a Pareto Chart can be also found at this link.  While a Pareto

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Create a Dynamic Median MDX Calculation on a PerformancePoint KPI Scorecard

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Have you ever been asked to add a new KPI to a scorecard, only to find that there is not a corresponding calculation or measure in the cube?  With PerformancePoint 2010 KPIs for SharePoint 2010 scorecards, custom MDX expressions can be created as actual and target values without requiring modifications to be made to the

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Visualize Trends with Power View Motion Scatter Charts

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When visualizing data, multiple measures and attributes can often be difficult to display in a manner that is both useful and easily consumed.  Power View for SQL Server 2012 can be used to create motion scatter charts that display multiple measures, attributes, and trends in a manner that exudes simplicity. For this example, sample demo

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Excel with PowerPivot for Custom Dimensions in Reports Blended with EDW Data

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Comprehensive Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) architecture and management requires a disciplined, centrally-managed strategy. Often, analysts within an organization require dimension designs that are complex and evolving. For example, subject matter experts for healthcare organizations often deal with dimensional attributes for healthcare performance measures such as ORYX, HEDIS, and Meaningful Use.  Such cohort inclusion lists can

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