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From the Back Cover

Given the prominent role Excel plays in today's companies, the needfor users to better manage, distribute, and incorporatespreadsheets in larger applications is greater than ever. Writtenby Microsoft's lead developers of Excel Services, this book sharestheir insights into the benefits and usage of Excel's new servertechnology so that you can solve business problems. It walks youthrough all of the functionality of Excel Services and details howto incorporate it in your solutions.

You'll begin with the basics, learning what Excel Services isfor and how it is used. The authors also show you how to deploy anevaluation copy of the server and effectively administer it. You'lldelve into the server's architecture and get an in depthunderstanding of how the server works. You will then findstep-by-step guidelines for using the server in each of thescenarios for which it was designed.

What you will learn from this book

  • Methods for publishing a workbook to the server and viewing itin the browser
  • How to use Excel Services to control the workbookdistribution

  • Ways to leverage Excel Services for reporting, interacting withdata, dashboards, and key performance indicators (KPIs)

  • Tips for offloading calculation-intensive workbooks to a serverFarm

  • How to develop applications leveraging the Excel Server's webservices API

  • How to query data from external databases into ExcelServices

  • Techniques for configuring Excel Services to mitigate securitythreats

Who this book is for

This book is for anyone who wants to learn what Excel Servicesis, what it does, what the benefits are, and how to get started.You should have an understanding of Excel, basic knowledge of Excel2007, and familiarity with Windows SharePoint Services.

"Excel Services provides a powerful solution for management ofmission-critical spreadsheet applications by centralizing workbookcontent and calculations, and by providing controlled web browseraccess to Excel applications and data. If you want to learn moreabout Excel Services, you must get this book."
—Peter Bennett, Principal, Capital Markets, HCL, Former CIOof London Stock Exchange

"This book will guide you through everything you need to knowabout the great new functionality in Excel Services. MicrosoftOffice SharePoint Server 2007 is Microsoft's platform for businessapplications. Excel Services provides great new businessintelligence functionality and helps users control and manage theirspreadsheets."
—Kurt DelBene, Corporate Vice President, Office BusinessPlatform Group, Microsoft Corporation

"Excel Services is a critical enhancement to the analysis toolthat the world knows and loves. This is the definitive book onExcel Services, from the team that dreamed it up, and builtit."
—Bill Baker, Distinguished Engineer, General Manager BusinessIntelligence, Microsoft Corporation

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learningprogramming languages and technologies easier than you think,providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you throughall the techniques involved.

About the Author

Liviu Asnash is a Principal Development Lead at Microsoft,and currently manages the development of Excel Services (which ispart of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007). Asnash has morethan 15 years of experience in enterprise-level softwaredevelopment. In the past five years, he has worked on MicrosoftOffice in areas related to Business Intelligence, Excel, and ExcelServices. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was the director ofResearch and Development at Maximal Innovative Intelligence, asoftware company that developed data visualization tools forBusiness Intelligence. Before that, he worked for six years onmission-critical server systems based on UNIX and Oracletechnologies. Asnash holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science and anM.B.A. degree. He lives in Bellevue, Washington, with his wife andson.

Eran Megiddo is an entrepreneur at heart and is thePrincipal Group Program Manager at Microsoft, responsible for theteam that defines the functionality and product road map for ExcelServices. Megiddo has been designing and developing data analysissoftware for more than 14 years. Prior to joining Microsoft, heco-founded Maximal Innovative Intelligence, back home in Israel.Maximal developed data visualization and exploration tools thatwere eventually acquired by Microsoft. The tools were initiallyreleased as Microsoft Data Analyzer and are now part of MicrosoftOffice Excel 2007. The inspiration for Maximal was instudent-assessment software developed at Memad Educational Systems,where Megiddo led the software development and product marketingefforts. He began his professional career as an officer in an eliteIsraeli Military Intelligence unit. Megiddo enjoys spending hisfree time traveling and hiking with his wife and two daughters. Heis an avid theatergoer, but on most nights, you will find him inthe kitchen, where he enjoys cooking for family and friends.

Craig Thomas is a Senior Test Lead who works forMicrosoft in Redmond, Washington. For the Office SharePoint Server2007 release, he is the Release Test Lead for Excel Services. Healso leads a team of testers who focus primarily on serverperformance and reliability. Prior to joining the Office team, hewas contributing to shipping Exchange Server 2003 with a focus onleading a test team responsible for the Outlook Web Accesscomponent of Exchange. Thomas discovered his technology passionslater in life, after an 11-year career as a submariner in theUnited States Navy. He programmed with C and C++ early on, but nowprefers C#, and keeps his coding skills fresh by staying involvedwith tools development, authoring test automation scripts, and, ofcourse, writing custom solutions for Excel Services.

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Everything you need to know about Excel Services Dec 21 2008
By F. Abukhamireh - Published on
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This is a comprehensive book that covers almost every aspect of Excel Services. The only thing I would change about this book is it's title; it should be"Excel Services End to End". I didn't care for the heavy use of acronyms throughout the book.. but that is minor.
Better books out there for learning excel services Nov. 30 2013
By J. Begg Jr. - Published on
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Not exactly what I was looking for. There are better books out there. I realize this is programmer to program being WROX publishing, but it seemed to leave me with more questions than answers.