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PowerPivot developers ‘Donald Farmer’ career Full of Twists and Turns

One of the most popular features of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 is PowerPivot, which puts business intelligence in the hands of more business users while maintaining the insight and oversight of IT. Donald Farmer, a leader in PowerPivot’s development, drew on his eclectic background to make it a success. SQL Server 2008 R2 release, available today for volume licensing customers worldwide, delivers managed self-service BI through SQL Server PowerPivot, one of its most popular features. Starting today, customers can download the trial version of Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 and the Web downloads of PowerPivot for Excel and SharePoint. Farmer describes PowerPivot as a “game-changing” technology that alters the way business decisions are made, enabling users to create their own reports and conduct their own analyses. Until now, if business users wanted to take advantage of the large volumes of data their company collected and the powerful analytic tools available, they had to ask their IT department to generate a report. “But with the managed self-service BI capabilities in PowerPivot that complement our existing BI technologies, they’ll be able to do such analyses themselves,” Farmer says. “That means they’ll be able to answer questions more quickly, experiment more and test ‘what-if’ scenarios. Organizations can become more agile. That’s exciting.”


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