Personal Business Intelligence (PerBI) Data Sources

What Does A Data Source Look Like?

Text file with csv data
A data source is simply a comma separated file with one line in the file for each "transaction" that is going to be analysed.

How Do I Get A CSV File?

SQL Server And App Screen Shot Depending upon who you are and what sort of system you have, you either create one yourself from your admin system or you get your "IT bod" to do it for you from your database.

As a generalisation the more modern the computer system that holds your data is, the easier it is to get the data out in a format suitable for PerBI or any other product.

In the past we have done things like a "mail shot" to get the necessary data, as well as more modern things like SQL queries.

It is possible that the only way to get data out of your system is to go back to your supplier and ask for a program to do it, this is more likely to be the case if you have had a bespoke application created.



What Is A DIS File?

The DIS Editor with an open DIS file When you use PerBI, the first thing that it asks for is a DIS file. A DIS file is simply a Data Import Specification and it describes what's in the data file.

Making a DIS file can be as easy as Selecting the menu options DIS->Autobuild.

A DIS file is not a "metacube" or anything like it, it's much more like a permanent record of what Excel asks you when you open a text file rather than a spreadsheet file.

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