Before you decide whether Power View is the best damn thing to happen to self-service BI since graph paper or is just a smoke and mirrors, CamelCaseless extension to PowerPivot, you need to know its gist. The following blog posts and videos will give you just that, from a (mostly) business user perspective. Read ’em, and then get cracking with the CTP3 version, available for download here.
Dan English’s (b | t) “Intro to BI Semantic Model & Delivering Self-Service Reporting with Power View (Crescent)” video and slide deck
A comprehensive MSBI presentation that covers the BI Semantic Model concept, Power View and SQL Server Analysis Services with Power Pivot in SQL Server 2012.
Sean Boon’s (b | t) “Project Crescent in SQL Server Code Name ‘Denali’ CTP3: Getting Started“
A video walkthrough of Power View’s components and functionality.
A succinct, business-user friendly overview and review of Power View’s purpose and functionality.
Our own Power View discussion, wherein we wax ultra eloquently about why PV is good for PowerPivot and bad for Tableau, how it transforms big Hadoop data into technophobe-friendly animated reports and what your edition of SharePoint needs to get it up and running
Jason Thomas’ (b | t) “Tracking Data over Time Visually in Power View aka Project Crescent“
A thorough exploration of Power View’s buzziest feature–its ability to visualize and animate data points.
How to stock your machine with Power View, Tabular and PowerPivot for SharePoint.
Kasper de Jonge’s (b | t) “Power View, Tabular Mode Databases, SharePoint and Kerberos“
A guide to running Power View in a SharePoint farm on top of an SSAS db running in Tabular mode using a BISM connection, no Kerberos necessary.