Power BI — Designing a [Fun]ctional Visualization

Reading Time: 6 minutes With Power BI from Microsoft, you can deploy meaningful visualizations for a variety of audiences. As I have grown to know the product, I have deployed it as a consultant as well as used it for fun. Apart from initial exploratory work, I have learned that greater success with Power BI has always been the…

Exploring SQL Server R Services

Reading Time: 5 minutes With the launch of the latest preview of SQL Server 2016 (CTP 3), the long-awaited fruit of Microsoft’s acquisition of Revolution Analytics has become public. It is now possible to install what has been named R Services and evaluate the benefits of in-database R. As I mentioned in the BlueGranite blog when the integration was…

Installing and Configuring SQL Server R Services

Reading Time: 3 minutes NOTE: as of April 2016, this article no longer accurately reflects the installation experience with SQL 2016 RC2.  How do you get started with R Services in SQL Server 2016? If you are like most people, you will probably wait for SQL Server to launch and have someone else install it for you. Fair enough.…