Power View in Excel, SharePoint 2013 and SQL Server Reporting Services

This is another quick post to outline what Power View is and options for using in Excel and/or SharePoint, specifically with 2013 Microsoft technology stack. Though the information presented in this post is available on various Microsoft web pages, I’ve lifted the key pieces of info and summarised in this post with useful links to videos and articles, so you don’t have to look for it everywhere!

What is Power View?

Power View is an interactive data exploration, visualization, and presentation experience that encourages intuitive ad-hoc reporting. For working demos you can visit http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/bi/Products/PowerView.aspx.

How do you access Power View?

Power View is available in Microsoft Excel 2013. It is also a feature of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and 2013 as part of the SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 Reporting Services Add-in for Microsoft SharePoint Server Enterprise Edition.

You can access Power View in Excel in SharePoint Server or SharePoint Online in Office 365


Options for using Power View in Excel and/or SharePoint?

Workbook is stored Host configuration is Workbook is opened in Power View sheets are
On client computer Excel 2013 Editable and interactive
On premises In SharePoint view mode (SharePoint Server configured to render workbooks by using Excel Services) Excel Services Interactive
On premises In Office Web Apps Server view mode (SharePoint Server configured to render workbooks by using Office Web Apps Server) Excel Web App Not visible
In Office 365 SharePoint Online Excel Web App Interactive
On SkyDrive Excel Web App Not visible

Power View examples with short videos in the link below:

As mentioned before, Power View is also a feature of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 SP1 Reporting Services (SSRS) Add-in for SharePoint 2010 & 2013 Enterprise Editions (http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/ms170438(SQL.110).aspx)

  • Power View reports are in a new file format, RDLX
  • It is a browser-based Silverlight application launched from within SharePoint
  • Power View co-exists with the latest version of Report Builder (note: Report Builder does not replace Report Designer)

As well as querying SharePoint data and other LOB (Line of Business) databases, you can also create Power View reports based on a tabular model running on a SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services (SSAS) server. Power view feature part of SSRS is only available in BI & Enterprise editions of SQL Server 2012 SP1.

Further info:


Hope this helps!
Chirag Patel @techChirag

This post first appeared here: http://blog.pointbeyond.com/2013/07/08/power-view-in-excel-sharepoint-2013-and-sql-server-reporting-services/

Chirag is an Independent Consultant at Patel Consulting, BCS Chartered IT Professional, TOGAF Certified Architect, Microsoft Certified Solution Expert (Productivity, Data Management and Analytics) and Microsoft Service Adoption specialist based in London, UK with more than 20 years of industry experience. He works with a wide variety of clients in many sectors, designing and implementing business collaboration, data and information management solutions and services based on SharePoint and Office 365 technologies to create business value for both themselves and their customers, including UK Microsoft Gold Partners with deployment, upgrade and migration services delivery. Chirag is an active SharePoint community participant, frequent speaker at local and international events including SharePoint Saturdays (London, Cambridge, Brussels, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, UK, EMEA, India) and Collab365. In 2011, for his valuable contributions to Microsoft TechNet forums he received a Microsoft Community Contributor Award. In his little spare time he enjoys cycling, cricket and participating in Charity bike rides and Duathlons. You can follow Chirag on Twitter at @techChirag and find him online at www.techchirag.com

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