Thoughts on the new Power BI Preview, great expectations & some wishes for 2015!

Far from a review, as there’s no need for that such is the amount of information and detailed reviews on the last Power BI preview and announcements, just to name a few:

December announcements and Power BI “vnext” preview release:

Chris Webb Blog: Thoughts On The New Power BI

Walking through the Power BI Public Preview – Jen Underwood

Unwrapping the Power BI vNext Public Preview by Jen Underwood

To be quick and to the point :) I’m looking forward for 2015! The new features announced (IMO) show a much renewed & strongly motivated state of mind from Microsoft BI teams.

Frankly speaking, be it justified or not (hope so, we’ll see!), these last weeks of deep diving in the new content & possibilities made me remind those times of SQL 2005 release, so much was new at the time, a world of possibilities, so much to learn. Complete new SSAS engine/model, DMVs, new designer, SQL 2005 man. studio (no query analyzer/ent. manager any more!).  Since then its been incremental (IMO), but that release was disruptive. *Huge* release. (~9 years ago…. )

(Kind of ironic that I “complaint” so often on the amount of constant learning & research needed to work in technology … to find out that’s precisely that learning that keeps my mind happy :) )


Power BI Preview release & features first impressions

Anyway, Power BI December announcements pack a lot of relevant news, not to be taken lightly. A lot of impressive new features & scenarios but more importantly a new roadmap/vision starts to materialize:

about the time iOS apps available and are even the first to go Live

-an hint for a Power BI now decoupled from Office 365 , even Excel (they should work even better together, but Office 365 should not be a requirement IMO and not everyone has the latest Excel 2013 for sure…. & I have to say :) why not a free tier for Power BI? –noting that the new Power BI Preview landing page features a “Use It Free “ button for signup…. just saying…)

-where one of the first Power BI brand new API samples is a Chrome extension :)

-we now have a proper PowerBI Developer Center and brand new a REST API , for someone eternally divided between Dev & Data this is heaven,

a unified HTML5 Power View  version  (new power bi portal, power bi designer, apps) , this allow (I hope) for more focus from MSFT dev teams on a single & more portable dataviz stack,,expect it to evolve on a completely different pace compared to performancepoint, reporting services, silverlight powerview, etc

finally, on-premises tabular data connector, not promised, but actually delivered, on a preview! I’m all in for the cloud dashboards/connectors/local data scenarios.

-The new Power BI if decoupled from o365/Excel, will allow for greater agility & faster release cycles from Microsoft, not so dependent on Office/O365 releases.

The new developer story (did I mention already we got a developer portal? :) ) is huge. Aside from minor extensibility points released in the past (ex: SSAS personalization extensions-remember?), and the huge extensibility of Excel, MSBI has been mostly closed to developers-for me the most annoying issue while doing BI/Analytics, it inhibits creativity. Not much we can do usually to improve end user experience (ex: web dataviz libs) for everything is locked-down, no code. I would prefer to see it as strong platform , that we can automate, extend & improve (like SharePoint, CRM, even office new app model).

-I like the “lean” mindset, lots of feedback channels (be sure to visit the Power BI support site & leave your feedback)  , MSBI teams are clearly “out of the building” and eager for feedback, doing my best!

-Have to say that not initially  impressed by the new dashboards “mashup” (the lack of  filters was a clear indication of a quick win, not a new complete dashboard designer you would expect) … but I’m now sold to the ease of use of the new dashboard mashups (specially when you use Q&A to create very slick dashboards in seconds), reminding you that these update in real time if using the new push API (pretty amazing to see actually, more on this later ;) )

would only like that tooltips/mouseover could be fixed on the final release, & would be great to at least allow for click & autofilter/highlight  like in reports (read: old dashboards). Later on, global filters, but guessing it’s not the most easy thing to do .

The roadmap ahead


Having said that, while the roadmap ahead seems very promising (and anyone close to me know, I’m not an optimist by nature…) , Microsoft will have to deliver on this promise, quickly :

-for everyone already onboard  with Power BI/ Office 365/on premises (read: paying customers) , what’s the story? migration paths? again : trust, return on investment, trust on disruptive innovation on a stable platform, not requiring constantly reformulating solutions to fit the latest version/tools

-how does this fit with the typical enterprise scenarios? where more formal application lifecycle management is needed? source control integration? deployment models?

-pricing? will Power BI have a free tier? (my strong vote. yes, even if very limited, sorry to say but basic BI is already a commodity these days, even AzureML as one free tier)

-can we expect on premises Power BI/SharePoint new releases? or instead will cloud Power  BI be the answer using embedded BI/connectors/gateways? (I’m all in for the cloud, as long as users ’can’t note the difference…)

-partner solutions? Power BI packs marketplace? will it be a reality?

-will the Power BI API allow complete access to deploy/create queries, models & reports?

-can we invest safely on this new stack? expecting it to constantly evolved in the years to come? (not be dropped to a Power BI “v3” in a recent future? starting all over again…?)


Finishing adding a few additional wishes for this year MS Data Platform


-will it be the year when we can finally get rid of having to constantly think of date tables? come on…..! boring!

-Keep a strong story for Office365 & Power BI, decoupled but better together

-Complete portability of Power BI solutions, export PBIX from Power BI, from Excel to pbix, etc

-Microsoft teams more open & able to accommodate quick wins (ex: export to excel… how difficult can this be?)

API for extending data visualizations/prebuilt analytic functions on Power BI, ex: d3js, dimple, highcharts,etc

-Powerful & even more integration with Azure, AzureML, Stream Analytics (see the note on Developer Portal regarding PowerBI/Azure Stream analytic preview) , DataFactory,etc

-hope for new breaktrough on msbi analytic models/engines, ex: a richer semantic layer, with the best of relational & multi dimensional, support for “dimensional attributes” (complex attributes types based on reusable dimensions, no extra related tables polluting the model), others: federated models, dynamic models directly on top of sql server , others, something new !

-Q&A- can we have this everywhere please? :) Excel & Power BI Designer…. guessing its not easy for local models but asking anyway

-Search everywhere in Power BI field lists, both metadata and actual model data (Q&A for sure is using indexed data , could it be a quick win? would be great to have SmartPivot kind of search everywhere)

Excel pivottables/ powerview connecting to cloud Power BI/ Office 365 models

-Multi dimensional roadmap , honestly we just need to know, if the answer is that it will end then 1) we need to have alternatives with tabular, or lose some large scale solutions  2) promises should be kept IMO: Excel Power View & new Power BI connector should be able to connect to multidimensional models , it’s a question of building/regaining trust. 

-Expect to be (pleasantly) surprised! I was for sure last December, looking forward for first release :)  and not wanting to wait another full year!

Next Post:


ps- will be fun and we’ll be taking the new Power BI API for an awesome test drive ;)

Interested in the new Power BI Preview & Roadmap? you should! :) check these additional resources.

Power BI Preview Portal

Microsoft Power BI Developer blog

Walking through the Power BI Public Preview – Jen Underwood

Unwrapping the Power BI vNext Public Preview by Jen Underwood

Power BI Designer Preview- by Adam W. Saxton

Power BI Support Blog

Adding that next Thursday 22nd we’ll be at Microsoft IT Pro Airlift: Data Platform event on the beautiful Microsoft quarters here in Portugal/Parque das Nações. I will be talking about & test driving Azure Stream Analytics (promising technology! you’ll see!), my team mate Rui Romano all about Power BI, and a lot of more sessions to see on Microsoft Data Platform: Azure, Azure Search, Azure DocumentDB, SQL Server 2014, Azure Machine Learning, Column Store, HDInsight, PowerPivot/DAX .See you there!



Take care!


AzureML Web Service Scoring with Excel and Power Query

While drafting some samples & labs for this saturday SQLPort AzureML workshop decided to dig a little bit trying to use some regular AzureML scoring web services (request/response) directly in Excel, using Power Query. :)

So… can it be done? Sure! Advisable? Far,far from it…. but for a quick sample/test scenario it might be handy. :)

Saying again, what I’ll show here is far from a recommended web service usage for AzureML in Excel. It will be slow, probably insecure if you need to distribute your file, and there will be I’m sure better ways to do it with the batch web service mode, soon I hope (without the need to pass through the Azure marketplace),

Side notes:

    How it works

    To the point, you can use the Power Query Web.Contents function to invoke the AzureML web service api. As long as you are careful on: 1) using post and not get, 2)setting the authorization header expected by azureml, 3)setting the content type to json  4) building the json request like shown in the api help page.
    PowerQuery will handle the json response automatically..We encapsulate the web request in a function, we can then use it to build our scored table passing the score input column values and getting the score in return.

Step by Step-From AzureML to Excel Power Query Scoring

You’ll need an AzureML  scoring web service, I used a simple two class log regression model to classify the well known Fisher Iris Dataset (with only two classes, as the original as three):


The AzureML Experiment & Web Service Experiment, can’t get much simpler than this.

Training Experiment


Web Service Experiment


Publishing the trained model as a Web Service

AzureML-Iris Classifier Web Service API Help page


this JSON request will be needed for Power Query, same thing as the service key:


In Power Query you’ll then create a function like this (text version below):




Invoking the Power Query scoring function

Then you just import the original table to Power Query and add a custom column invoking the new scoring  function


Note: to test this it is advisable to filter the top 1/2 rows first, it is not lightning fast…. Smile


The result should now be visible, a little bit more Power Query expanding and renaming and that’s it!



To check that I’m getting the expected score, just used another small tool (more on this later)


Power Query results


Scoring the whole 100 rows iris dataset

The problem using the regular Power Query web.contents function  is that you will be receiving api usage threshold errors from the AzureML API very, very soon. So using another trick inspired (again) on this post by Chris Webb (amazing tip by Alejandro Lopez-Lago), to add some delay between requests.

Just remove the top filter and refresh the query. Wait between 30 secs-60 secs (this will depend on the kind of endpoint you are using, AzureML is changing this whole “stag/production web service model “ right now from what I’m seeing)


note: think the latest Power Query update now shows the row count progress, neat! perfect for this Smile




Some misses there Smile guess the model needs some additional training!


Download the sample here, (note: will need your own AzureML endpoint & key, you do know that AzureML has a free tier right? :) ) the full Power Query score function for this model is below.

Take care!



     Score= (sepal_length as any,sepal_width,petal_length,petal_width) =>


serviceUri="*yourserviceuri_note:ends with score*",

PostContents= "

  ""Id"": ""score00001"",
  ""Instance"": {
    ""FeatureVector"": {
      ""sepal_length"": """&sepal_length&""",
      ""sepal_width"": """&sepal_width&""",
      ""petal_length"": """&petal_length&""",
      ""petal_width"": """&petal_width&"""
    ""GlobalParameters"": {}
      //Define Wait function
    Wait = (seconds as number, action as function) =>
            if (List.Count(
              () => DateTimeZone.LocalNow() + #duration(0,0,0,seconds),
              (x) => DateTimeZone.LocalNow() < x,
              (x) => x)
              ) = 0)
               then null else action()
    //Call Wait function to wait 5 seconds
    //then return the current time again
    Source=Wait ( 0.05, () => Web.Contents(serviceUri,
    Headers=[Authorization="Bearer "&serviceKey,#"Content-Type"="application/json; charset=utf-8"]])),
    #"Imported JSON" = Json.Document(Source),
    #"Table from List" = Table.FromList(#"Imported JSON", Splitter.SplitByNothing(), null, null, ExtraValues.Error),
    #"Transposed Table" = Table.Transpose(#"Table from List")
     #"Transposed Table"
    in Score

#SqlPort upcoming CTP hands on workshop–Cloud #MachineLearning & #DataMining using #AzureML 29 Nov Lisbon

It’s already this Saturday 29 that I’ll be hosting the first AzureML hands-on workshop in Portugal. It has been a pleasant surprise to see that it’s filling up rather quickly, much to thanks to the restless SqlPort community team (Particularly Niko & Paulo amazing work… allowing me to fully  focus on the workshop itself… more pressure for sure… no excuses!).

I’m rather curious to see how it goes, as there will be for sure an interesting mix of profiles attending this workshop. And I hope that will contribute to make this a very interactive, personally demanding  but enjoyable day!

The event is organized by SQLPort, all the resulting revenue will revert to community support & upcoming events.

Check out the workshop agenda below or in the event page here . The event will take place at Microsoft Portugal.

Also disclosing that  every participant will be granted access to my very own personal notes & best highlights on some of my favorites data books… (go to love Amazon/Kindle platform)  all of which I’m reviewing right now  ;) .

Data Science for Business: What you need to know about data mining and data-analytic thinking     The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don't      Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data     

See you there!


CTP – Community Technology Preview 2014 Edition – Cloud Machine Learning & Data Mining using AzureML


Sábado, 29 de Novembro de 2014 das 09:00 às 17:30 (WET)

Lisboa, Portugal



Full one day hands-on workshop including introductory course to Machine Learning process, use cases, models & algorithms and also how to model, test & deploy Machine Learning solutions with the new Microsoft AzureML cloud service.


  • Understand Machine Learning & Data Science Fundamentals
  • Model & Deploy Machine Learning Solutions with AzureML, ML Studio & AzureML Web Services

Attendee’s pre-requisites/profile

  • Data Analysts & Enthusiasts, Business Intelligence Professionals, Data Scientists & Machine Learning


  • Introduction to Data Science and Machine Learning
  • Machine Learning Use Cases, Models & Workflow
  • Introduction to Azure Machine Learning & ML Studio
    • o Data Cleansing & Transformation
    • o Data Analysis & Visualization
    • o Machine Learning Models: Classification, Regression, Clustering, & Text Mining
    • o Model Tuning, Scoring & Evaluation
    • o Using R in Azure ML
    • o Publishing Models as Web Services
    • o Using Excel with Azure ML
    • Books & Resources for AzureML, Data Science & Machine Learning

#SQLSaturday Portugal is coming to Porto! tomorrow!

SQL Saturday is coming to Porto for the first time and it’s already tomorrow! Smile  One entire day of free sessions for Data Enthusiasts and Professionals!

SqlSatPortugal team has put everything they got (as usual!), not a doubt that it will be an awesome event. Great speakers & great sessions like you would expect . Topics going from the regular suspects SQL Server, Analytics, Business Intelligence to Mobile Development and PowerShell Tips,  not forgetting the most recent Data technologies from Msft like AzureML!

Some close friends and team mates will be sharing their knowledge also,  Sandro Pereira (DevScope Integration Architect & MVP for Biztalk), José António Silva (R&D Director at DevScope) and Rui Marinho (former team mate at DevScope now pursuing his mobile passion at Xamarin). Inspiring to work every day among such group of amazing minds.

Check out the schedule . Not registered yet? Hurry up!

Celebrating SqlSaturday we are also finishing some updates to our Office Apps and will be covering these and other Data/DataViz related tips on our DevScope sponsored session. Excel will never be the same!

(Expect got some goodies at the end, including invitations to upcoming workshops on Azure Machine Learning I’ll be doing soon )

Just a teaser Winking smile … see you all tomorrow!

Take Care,





SmartCharts, SmartPivot & Gantt Chart for #Excel -Latest features & releases @DevScope #Apps

We updated some of our apps and add-ins last week. Brief post introducing some of the new features:

SmartPivot – now with Measure Group/Table Filter in search pane, also Table Report & Filter Tools improvements

A much requested feature now available (should have been in the initial Search release honestly…): SmartSearch pane now allows for measure group/table filtering, much like the regular PivotTable fields browser in Excel.

Download the new SmartPivot release here.


Fixed some issues also with Table Report & Filter Tools (both Saved Filters & Filter by list)



SmartCharts-now with real-time Share feature & Free download during SharePoint Conference 2014

You can now share your charts session, opening it in a browser or tablet/mobile window (disclaimer:some safari/OS issues still to fix). You can then collaborate real time with anyone connected to that SmartCharts session.

Also, you can freely download SmartCharts Task Pane in Office Store during #SPC2014. :) feedback will be appreciated!

Download SmartCharts Task Pane in Office Store



Gantt Chart & SmartCharts for SharePoint

Soon to be published SmartCharts for SharePoint ;) stay tuned.


Gantt Chart for Excel on the other hand is already available in Office Store, and free! :)

Download Gantt Chart for Excel

Gantt Chart for Excel


Take care,



To Microsoft Office Apps/Developer Teams: Some requests to improve #Office #Apps Experience–a developer’s view :)

SharePoint conference 2014 is around the corner. The office team & office developer team have been posting some new content on their blog, useful tips for anyone building Office apps for office store. Be sure to check these recent posts for guidance on office apps development:

(also, Office 2013 SP1 was released this week, sp1 new features for sharepoint & office apps api/sdk expected to be announced during the SharePoint conference next week)

Anyway, this post is not for developers, but for Office Apps developer/seller dashboard teams :)

It’s my personal view, after publishing, supporting & improving a few apps (SmartCharts, GanttChart, -a few others coming soon ;) )on how the experience could be improved for end users and developers, hoping to drive a much higher acceptance for Office Apps & the App model in Office365/SharePoint.

So, what have we learned and what would be great to see improved in the Office Apps experience?

1-Apps in the office ribbon are difficult to find (available only through insert/app.. :( )

We frequently get people asking where they can find the app after installing! We need an individual Apps tab, where we could add our favorite apps, our full list of installed apps, quick access to the store & recent apps. And task panes apps  aren’t particularly “insertable” anyway. ~

Sorry, this need an urgent fix! An new Apps ribbon tab!


2-No app icons? Except for local catalogs… needs fixing also, why is that? we get the icon in about, but not listed in our apps…


Developer/Local Catalogs Apps with Icon


Office Apps-no icon :(

(SP1 for Office 2013 seems to bring some minor improvements but far from what I describe above… we get app icons for some apps but you can’t configure the apps that show in the ribbon… currently you will get bing maps and people graph  from msft)


Office 2013 SP1 tab for Apps

3-Users can’t get details/screenshots about an app using the Excel built in app browser?

How are they supposed to pay, install & trust an app if they don’t know what its supposed to do?


we click try/but/install and the only available info is…


come on!? doesn’t make sense when we have rich description and screenshots available in the store.

Also this should be en easy fix by the office team because all we are seeing is a web page from the store. (you can see that page here)

(also note that in this screen there is no way, that I know of ,  of clicking to open the app details in the browser…? you need to click the publisher link and then see all apps…)

4-App analytics in seller dashboard is….well…not great :(

Trust me, the one thing you should do from day one is to configure google analytics, your own custom analytics framework or both (yes, be sure to reflect that in your privacy page).

Office Seller dashboard analytics is not very useful to gain insights on how to tune your app and how it’s being used. Main pain points for analytics in the app seller dashboard (office apps):

  • we get historic data only for the latest 4 weeks :(
  • we only have week totals, not detailed data, not even daily data (no demographics, time, date, browser versions, nothing…)
  • The CSV you can download also has only week total aggregates, not very useful
  • data usually lags 2-3 days behind, and happened recently due to some issues on the office store, even weeks behind current date
  • if you are actually selling apps, there’s no metric whatsoever regarding revenue (you’ll have to wait for the end of month and use very limited tax/payout reports, and even then you’ll have to convert from international currencies to local currency…)
  • paid downloads & free download are bundled together in downloads metric



Hope all these could be fixed soon, in the world of data, the available dashboards and data are really lacking (being kind here honestly…).

I would gladly skip the built-in Seller Dashboard “dashboards” and exchange all that for the detailed “fact” data on downloads, browser hits. I’ll do my “dashboarding” on that! :)

5-Developer support could be a little better

While developing and getting SmartCharts approved we had several issues with the api, supporting IE9 in Excel web app, strange redirects issues breaking the office API context model, undocumented issues with permissions and data read API calls. I must say that having been in touch with some office apps support teams in this process, we were on your own almost all the time :(. Expect delay for advanced issues, these are the ones difficult to reproduce (ex: excel web app in IE9/chrome).

There a few locations to send feedback (foruns, office sp dev user voice site), but getting through and actually get real help has been a struggle for us. My initial post on addFromPromptAsync /read permission question is still to see an answer, (we just went ahead and requested full read/write permissions instead of read, problem “solved”… but seems a bug/very undocumented to me…)

6-Some bug/issues remain

Some reported issues, that seem to be related to core office app js API  remain,

  • for example excel web app & dates have issues:


  • very annoying issue-some users buy the apps but Excel keeps showing the app as trial, I have seen that happen, there are app reviews from users pointing this issue, and we’ve also received reports from some users with this problem (yet to find a proper workaround… been using  an undocumented one to fix this… ) –
    (note:received two user reports today with this specific issue!…not good…)

That’s it…

Hope this can reach someone on the office teams and help a little bit with some of these issues.  Do you know someone there? can you please pass this along? thanks!  ;)

btw-be sure to check the SharePoint Conference App Awards – People’s Choice! contest. now running into final voting period until February 28, 4:00PM PST. (little disappointed to know that SmartCharts didn’t make it to the final in people awards, wasn’t aware of this voting until very recently :( but hoping we still get a chance on other categories :) )

Take care!



“Multi-threading” the Sql Server Analysis Services Formula Engine II-a parallel query msmdpump proxy

Following a previous post (“Multi-threading” the Sql Server Analysis Services Formula Engine – I #ssas #mdx ), we returned recently to the issue of multi threading and SSAS formula engine. See that last post or this post by James Serra for reference.

Honestly it’s kind of amazing that something like the SSAS engine can run incredibly  well using a single threaded model for each query. It’s damn smart, and as long it runs smart you usually don’t need brute force. :)

Until… you find yourself with a very (very) complex cube, together with a rather complex scorecard model also completely built in SSAS/mdx, and…. PerformancePoint with its “with clauses” (and  like Chris Webb pointed before, with clause disables FE cache)

Sample query generated by PerformancePoint (a scorecard model, kpis on rows), running in 50-60 secs.



To return a complex and FE intensive scorecard with several different KPIs (completely different measure groups), with values/metrics like value, ytd value, prior year, end of year projection, target, ytd target, score and so on… well, requires a not so usual amount of computation by SSAS. Worst, due to the, let’s call it a “reasonable”, :) amount of mdx scopes involved it triggered some internal thresholds i, and it stops being smart… maybe switching to cell by cell mode? Query 3 kpis individually, none exceeds 2-3 secs, get the 3 together in the same query, –> 30-40 secs….

After exhausting all the tuning we could possibly remember… reducing down the query from 1m20 secs, to under 40-50 secs, but still annoying, why all the CPU power if we are waiting for damn 50 secs?

Another thing to note was that every row was a different KPI, completely isolated from all the other rows returned, really a very good candidate for partitioning and multi threading. But SSAS doesn’t do that (query hint would be great SSAS team ;) ),


(and this where I have to say the usual disclaimer, please do this at home, never at work! it’s not supported… aside from tolerating that 50 secs what follows is the worst possible thing you could do…)

We had previously built some SSAS http msmdpump proxies before (it allows you to query SSAS server over http) adding some “extra” features we needed…

So why not trying intercepting that query in a “fake” msmdpump (proxy) built in, partitioning it by member rows requested, run a bunch of parallel MDX queries against the SSAS DB, get the results, join the cell set together, and return as a SSAS XMLA pump reply….? (kinda…nuts….yes)

And well, far, far, far away from being a reusable module for this scenarios we built it for only this specific one, changed the connections in PerformancePoint pointing to the http endpoint (only for this kpis/scorecards), and gave it a go:

From here, query running to 50 secs, almost no cpu activiy:


To here, query now running under 14 secs (multi-threading is very noticeable, obviously you should have spare cpu available, not for a already heavily loaded server ):


Short story, how it works?

1-a web app gets the XMLA http requests targeted to the isapi SSAS msmdpump, inspects them for a very specific pattern. everything else passthrough to the regular msmdpump (debug/testing) or blocked (production server, we only need to answer a very specific pattern from performance point)

2-it splits the member list requested in the mdx rows (on rows), generates an identical MDX query for each group of N members


3-using .net parallel apis then sends x simultaneous queries/threads to the local SSAS db:





4-and the tricky part, getting the result cell set xml for each query, and aggregating that in a unique cellset xmla that then is returned to the original http request made by performance point (you can also fire a man studio mdx query and passing it through the proxy)

Closing Notes

Honestly I don’t even know if it’s a good snippet to share , but well we confirmed that it can work in very, very specific scenarios, as a last resource when you can’t  influence queries being made (tried that also… didn’t work out  so good…) …. If you risk being fired for not tuning that query that the CEO runs every day,  you may want to test something like this… otherwise forget what you’ve read. :)

But if this post happens to generate some requests where it can be put to good use I consider to share it privately or even on our codeplex sample site.

Please be warned that in most cases you won’t need anything like this, SSAS FE engine should work just fine  because it’s very smart (and we are not! :) ), only for very complex cubes and specific scenarios something as risky as this can be possibly useful.

ps-this also opens a rather interesting possibility, spreading the inner requests to secondary servers in a scale out farm…  imagine that working automatically for some queries… will we get this for SQL 2016? ;)

As for the code, its goes something like this (lots of complexity removed, just the core steps):







Take care,