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  • How to Export Data from SQL Server to Excel

    Andy McDonald - Jul 04, 2022

    In a previous article, SQL and Excel: Why you need both, we showed that for many businesses the use of both SQL Server and Excel is an optimum approach to data management.  For organizations that use SQL Server and Excel extensively, there is often a need to export data from SQL Server to Excel.  The …

  • Excel Power Query: What is it? Why use it?

    Andy McDonald - Jul 01, 2022

    With Excel Power Query you can connect to data sources, import data, clean and shape it and then load it into Excel or a data model so that you can create charts and reports. In this article, we’re going to look at some examples of where you’d use Power Query and give a quick overview …

  • How to Use SQL with Excel for Data Analysis

    Andy McDonald - Jun 08, 2022

    In a previous article, we talked about why most organizations should use SQL Server and Excel for their data management needs. In this article, we’re going to look at an example of how to perform data analysis using SQL and Excel. Table of contents 1. Data Analysis Using SQL and Excel: An Overview 2. Step-by-Step …

  • SQL Spreads release 6.2.1

    Johannes Åkesson - May 23, 2022

    SQL Spreads 6.2.1 is now available for download. Support for connecting to Azure SQL using Azure AD Authentication. Support for using Multi-Factor Authentication when authenticating to Azure AD. Download the latest version of SQL Spreads »

  • How to Connect Power Apps to SQL Server

    Andy McDonald - May 13, 2022

    In this article, we’re going to look at how to connect Power Apps to SQL Server.  This provides a slightly deeper dive than was covered in our previous Quick Start Guide to Power Apps. Power Apps is the low-code/no-code platform from Microsoft. It aims to make it quick and easy for people in organizations to …

  • SQL Server Import and Export Wizard Guide

    Andy McDonald - May 06, 2022

    This guide explains how to use the SQL Server Import and Export Wizard to get data into a SQL Server database. Table of contents 1. What is the SQL Server Import and Export Wizard? 2. What data sources and destinations can be used? a. Some example scenarios 3. How to use the SQL Server Import …

  • Connect Excel to SQL Server: 3 Easy Steps

    Andy McDonald - May 06, 2022

    In a previous article, we spoke about why you need both Excel and SQL in your data management solutions, but how do you connect Excel to SQL Server?  In this article, we’re going to show you the steps and highlight a key benefit of using an Excel add-in like SQL Spreads. But, first, we’re going …

  • Export Power BI to Excel: Solved

    Andy McDonald - May 03, 2022

    Power BI is a Business Intelligence (BI) platform. With Power BI, users can get data, analyze it, and create visualizations that help turn raw data into actionable information for their business.  It’s normally the case that you want to import data from Excel to Power BI to create a dashboard or report, but there are …

  • Connect Power BI to SQL Server: Step-by-step Guide

    Andy McDonald - Apr 23, 2022

    Power BI is a great way to visualize your data. In previous articles, we’ve introduced Power BI dashboards and gone through a step-by-step example to create a Power BI report using data from SQL and Excel. In this article, we’re going to look in more detail at the process for how to connect Power BI …

  • Power BI Fact and Dimension Tables

    Andy McDonald - Apr 01, 2022

    In an earlier article, we looked at how to create a dashboard based on some sales data.  The data source for that example was several tables in a SQL database.  In this article, we’re going to look in more detail at the data model we built in that Power BI example, and specifically the use …

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