|With Microsoft’s focus on Business Intelligence in Excel and with Power BI Designer(www.powerbi.com), the most powerful tool in the toolshed that sets PowerBI aside from competition is Power Query.
It can read data from virtually anywhere. From structured data sources like SQL Server, SSAS, Oracle, MySQL, Access, Oracle and DB2 to JSON/Odata, Facebook, SalesForce, CSV, Excel and Active Directory. It can also read whole folders of files, like a hive.
Power Query is more than a query tool, it’s a fully fledged ELT(popular version of ETL) tool. You can Extract, Load then Transform to Power Pivot, and even to a SQL Server with an Excel Add-in. This is extremely powerful in enabling self service BI.
However, there is no way to schedule Power Query in an efficient way; you currently have to manually kick off the jobs.
But Wait – There is a solution!!! Power Update from the PowerPivotPro team enables you to schedule Power Query Excel Workbooks. Download a free version of this popular tool.
This blog article from Rob Collie explains how it works.
Check it out.
|Excel – Power Query and Power Update
If you are excited about Power Pivot and the announcements Microsoft made last week about Power BI, the introduction of Power Update will make your job even easier and enable updates of Power Pivot models no matter where you publish them. Read more about Rob Collie’s review of Power Update…