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A Brief Introduction to Power View for SharePoint Server 2013

In a video tutorial titled Power View Advantages, Jason Himmelstein, a subject matter expert, and published author on technical topics related to Business Intelligence (BI) gathering with data collected via computing systems, presents some of the new features of Power View for SharePoint Server 2013.

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This video opens with some history of Power View, which is a product Microsoft® debuted in 2010, as a component of SharePoint 2010 SP1, Enterprise Edition as Jason Himmelstein explains. The Power View product fell into the Silverlight application category. SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services add-in for SharePoint was required to use this product. So SQL Server 2012 “had to be installed in SharePoint mode, and it had to be installed on an App server”.

Jason Himmelstein then spends sometime exploring some of the constraints on how the product can be used. For example, “[a] Power View report must be based on a deployed BI Semantic Model”. This requirement empowered users to generate Power Views on data included in a PowerPivot published to a SharePoint library. In turn, this relationship between the two tools also enabled automated refresh of the PowerPivot based on changes in the supporting data. DAX Query is also discussed at some length in this video.

The rest of this video tutorial is spent on a “quick primer on what Power View actually looks like in SharePoint 2013”.

Notably absent from this video is any mention of why SharePoint stakeholders will likely want to emphasize a component like Power View when they develop a user adoption strategy for the platform. But we can fill some of the gap with a general comment about Power View. The reports it produces include the familiar circular pie charts and other features of a BI dashboard for “C” level management review. Therefore, if your organization is searching for methods to hasten SharePoint adoption, then you should take a look at Power View.

Ira Michael Blonder

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