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Chapter 17: Using the Internal Data Model and Power View
Using the Internal Data
Model and Power View
In This Chapter
Understanding the internal Data Model
Starting a Power View dashboard
Creating and working with Power View charts
Visualizing data on a Power View map
Excel 2013 introduces a new feature called Power View. Power View is essentially an interactive
canvas that allows you to display charts, tables, maps, and slicers in one dashboard window. The
components in the Power View window are inherently linked so that they all work together and
respond to any filtering or slicing you apply while using the dashboard. Select a region in one chart,
and the other components in the Power View dashboard automatically respond to show you data for
only that region.
This powerful feature runs on the new internal Data Model found in Excel 2013. The internal Data
Model is an in-memory analytics engine that allows you to store disparate data sources in a kind of
OLAP cube within Excel. OLAP is a category of data warehousing that allows you to mine and analyze
vast amounts of data with ease and efficiency.
This chapter shows you how to combine the internal Data Model and Power View to create powerful
interactive dashboards.
Sadly, Microsoft has made Power View available only with Office 2013 Professional Plus
or the Office 365 Small Business Premium subscription service. You won’t even see the
options for Power View if you don’t have one of these versions of Office 2013. However,
the internal Data Model discussed in this chapter is happily available in all versions of
Excel 2013. This feature is powerful enough on its own as you will see in the following
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