The Blog author, James Serra, does a great job explaining the new Microsoft feature called PowerBI Designer, for the Desktop.
So whenever there's something new, I like to download, test drive and blog about it.
I began by downloading the application here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=45331
Next, Next, Next:
Data Sources, whoah nilly, quite a few:
Selected an Excel doc with a PowerPoint Model embedded:
Selected a table to import:
Data Metrics now available on right hand side of designer pane:
With a few clicks, we have 2 Graphs/Charts:
Lots of Chart types to choose from the Menu bar:
With one click, changed to a Tree Map:When you Save as, new file type:
About screen, this is Preview edition:
However, I did see HDFS, Windows Azure and HDInsight, Analysis Services, SharePoint lists as well as our trusted ODBC.
So there you go, PowerBI Designer for Desktop quick intro. Seems like a winner~!