Episode 49 – SPCNA session picks with Liz Sundet

This is episode 49 recorded on May 15th 2018… where John & Jason talk to Liz Sundet, Office Servers & Services MVP from Minnesota, about the upcoming SPCNA Conference in Las Vegas next week and some news related to the upcoming GDPR deadline.

Liz Sundet

Liz is a Microsoft Office Servers and Services MVP and is involved with multiple areas of the business as a consultant for SharePoint and Office 365. Her work includes a variety of aspects from developing strategies to aid in collaboration, identifying best practices for SharePoint and Office 365 to run efficiently and working with multiple teams on identifying needs and areas of improvement. Liz loves a challenge, so everything from a business problem to troubleshooting an error in a system is just another learning opportunity. As a trainer and international speaker, she hopes to inspire others to learn something they can apply to their own work immediately. When she is not working in SharePoint or traveling, you may find her in a variety of activities as diverse as she is: playing music, riding motorcycles, training her dog and even a craft or two. You can follow her on twitter @percusn

Liz’s Picks

Three Must Have SharePoint Workflows with Microsoft Flow Level – Vlad Catrinescu
https://www.sharepointna.com/#!/session/Three%20Must-Have%20SharePoint%20Workflows%20with%20Microsoft%20Flow
5 Simple Ways to Improve Business Productivity with SharePoint, OneDrive, and Microsoft Flow Level: 100 Stephanie Donahue
https://www.sharepointna.com/#!/session/5%20Simple%20ways%20to%20improve%20business%20productivity%20with%20SharePoint,%20OneDrive,%20and%20Microsoft%20Flow
Take a Chance and Hire that  Fine Arts Major Liz Sundet
https://www.sharepointna.com/#!/session/Take%20a%20Chance%20and%20Hire%20that%20Fine%20Arts%20Major

John’s Picks

SharePoint Server 2019: A First Look – Bill Baer & Hani Loza
https://www.sharepointna.com/#!/session/SharePoint%20Server%202019:%20A%20First%20Look
Get the Facts from your SharePoint Site with Analytics, Then Improve It! – Liz Sundet
https://www.sharepointna.com/#!/session/Get%20the%20Facts%20from%20your%20SharePoint%20Site%20with%20Analytics,%20Then%20Improve%20It!
Understanding Office 365 Usage Reporting – Scott Hoag
https://www.sharepointna.com/#!/session/Understanding%20Office%20365%20Usage%20Reporting

Jason’s Picks

Keynote – SharePoint and OneDrive connect your workplace – Jeff Teper, Seth Patton, Omar Shahine, Dan Holme
https://aka.ms/watch/SPVS
Be a SPFx Ninja: with these Performance, Debugging, Logging and Telemetry Tricks! – Andrew Connell
https://www.sharepointna.com/#!/session/Be%20a%20SPFx%20Ninja:%20with%20these%20Performance,%20Debugging,%20Logging%20and%20Telemetry%20Tricks!
Developing SharePoint Framework Web Parts with Power BI Embedding – Ted Pattison
https://www.sharepointna.com/#!/session/Developing%20SharePoint%20Framework%20Web%20Parts%20with%20Power%20BI%20Embedding
Using Flow and Azure Functions to Customize your Site Design – Dave Feldman
https://www.sharepointna.com/#!/session/Using%20Flow%20and%20Azure%20Functions%20to%20Customize%20your%20Site%20Design
Mastering Modern Authentication and Authorization for SharePoint and Office 365 Applications – Eric Shupps
https://www.sharepointna.com/#!/session/Mastering%20Modern%20Authentication%20and%20Authorization%20for%20SharePoint%20and%20Office%20365%20Applications

Episode 48 – Power BI Desktop May Updates

This is episode 48 recorded on May 8th 2018… where John & Jason talk about Guy in a Cube’s new video, and walk through the new features of the May 2018 Power BI Desktop which includes the much anticipated incremental refresh.

Guy in a Cube CDSA – Common Data Service for Analytics (CDS-A) and Power BI – an Introduction
https://youtu.be/1vQ0HLNZ06A

Excel Gets custom visuals “soon”
https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/excel-announces-new-data-visualization-capabilities-with-power-bi-custom-visuals/

New PBI Desktop for May
https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-may-2018-feature-summary/

Reporting
• Conditional formatting by a different field
• Advanced slicer syncing
• Log axis improvements
• Data label options for funnel chart
• Set line stroke width to zero

Analytics
• Measure drillthrough

Power BI Premium
• Incremental refresh (preview)

Custom visuals
• Collage by CloudScope
• Chinese Color Map

Data connectivity
• New “From Web” connector – By example data extraction (preview)
• Common Data Service for Apps connector (beta)
• Azure KustoDB connector (beta)
• Google BigQuery and Azure HDInsight Spark connectors now generally available
• Adobe Analytics connector update – Support for multiple domain logins (preview)
• Visual Studio Team Services connector update – Analytics views support
• OLE DB connector update – Support for alternate Windows credentials
• SAP BW DirectQuery connector update – Improved technical name support

Data preparation
• Improvements to Add Column From Examples

Episode 47 – Excel Update with Olaf Hubel

This is episode 47 recorded on April 30th 2018… where John & Jason interview Olaf Hubel, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft on the Excel Engineering team.

Excel User Voice
https://excel.uservoice.com/

Excel Blog
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Excel-Blog/bg-p/ExcelBlog

Excel Community
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Excel/ct-p/Excel_Cat

Episode 46 – Community News and Updates

This is episode 46 recorded on April 17th 2018… where John & Jason talk about a whole bunch of miscellaneous items including GDPR, OneNote, Moving from SSRS SharePoint Integrated Mode, and SharePoint lists in Microsoft Teams.

GDPR White Paper
https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-gdpr-whitepaper-is-now-available/
OneNote 2016 being deprecated
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Office-365-Blog/The-best-version-of-OneNote-on-Windows/ba-p/183974
Eric Shupps post on issues converting from SSRS Integrated mode to Native mode
https://www.ericshupps.com/sharepoint-2016-ssrs-and-the-native-mode-report-viewer-web-part/
John’s blog series on working with complex SharePoint types in Power BI
https://whitepages.unlimitedviz.com

Jason’s 1 blog in the past couple of months… Viewing SharePoint lists in Microsoft Teams
http://www.sharepointlonghorn.com/using-sharepoint-lists-microsoft-teams/

Shameless self-promotion

SharePoint Conference North America
May 21-23, 2018
Use discount code WHITE for $50 off

European Collaboration Summit in Mainz, Germany
Use discount code ECS18-Trebinje for a 20 Euro discount
May 28-30, 2018

Episode 45 – All about the new CDSA & CDS-A

This is episode 45 recorded on April 12th, 2018… where John & Jason take a deep dive on the announcements about the new Common Data Service for Analytics (CDSA) and the new Common Data Service for Apps (CDS-A).

CDSA (Common Data Service for Analytics) and CDS-A (Common Data Service for Apps) are NOT built on CDS

CDSA (Applications) is the logical successor to CDS. And to XRM – All about entities.

Business Apps spring update document – https://aka.ms/businessappsreleasenotes

Announcement from the Power BI team
https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/coming-soon-to-power-bi-common-data-service-for-analytics/

Today in the browser you can bring in some data as is (CSV, XLS) & connect to data models.

With CDS-A you get Power Query
– ETL (Power Query) in the cloud
– It’s a Data Lake (warehouses and marts) that you can connect to
– Also includes pre-defined schemas and connectors (specifically  Dynamics)
– Connect data models to it

Power BI Desktop today combines ETL and data modeling. CDS-A can help separate those concerns.

Analytics apps (the successor to solution templates) will build on CDS-A

Power BI video on this page – https://dynamics.microsoft.com/en-us/release/spring-2018-release/

Once loaded, data is referred to as “Data Pools”

Sign up to receive updates on the CDS for Analytics capability

Get notified when Power BI Insights apps become available

Shameless self-promotion

SharePoint Conference North America
May 21-23, 2018
Use discount code JASEHIMM for $50 off

European Collaboration Summit in Mainz, Germany
May 28-30, 2018

Episode 44 – Power BI Desktop, Gateway, & Developer updates for April 2018

This is episode 44 recorded on April 9th 2018… where John & Jason talk about the Developer Update & the Gateway Update for March and the Power BI Desktop update for April.

Power BI Desktop – April Update

Power BI team blog article

Reporting

Analytics

YAML

Custom visuals

Data connectivity

 

John & Jason’s upcoming events

SharePoint Conference North America
May 21-23, 2018
Use discount code WHITE for $50 off
European Collaboration Summit in Mainz, Germany
May 28-30, 2018

Episode 43 – The Power BI Community with Chuck Sterling

This is episode 43 recorded on March 8th 2018… where John & Jason talk to Charles Sterling who runs the MVP Program for the PowerApps, Flow, and Power BI about his experience working at Microsoft, his view of the Power BI Community in the larger Power*s world, and non-NDA stuff about MVP Summit.

Who is Chuck Sterling?

Charles Sterling joined Microsoft from being a marine biologist working for United States National Marine Fisheries doing marine mammal research on the Bering Sea. He started out at Microsoft supporting Excel and moved through a couple of support teams to being an escalation engineer for Microsoft SQL Server. Taking his love for customers (and diving), Chuck moved to Australia as a product manager and developer evangelist for the .NET Framework. In 2008 he moved back to Redmond as the Visual Studio community program manager and just recently moved to the Power BI team to continue his community passion and looking after the Power BI influencers and MVPs.

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Episode 42 – The Power BI Embedded Show

Embedded

This is episode 42 recorded on March 23rd 2018 where John & Jason talk to Megan Assarrane, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft for Power BI Embedded. We dispel some misunderstandings about embedded licensing, discuss the retirement of the old Workspace Collections product and walk through the awesomeness that is the new Power BI Embedded service.

Show Links:

Power BI Embedded Webpage: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/power-bi-embedded/
What’s new for Power BI Embedded: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/?product=power-bi-embedded
Hands-on embedding tool: https://microsoft.github.io/PowerBI-JavaScript/demo/v2-demo/index.html
Migration documentation: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/power-bi-embedded/migrate-from-power-bi-workspace-collections

Episode 41 – The New Power BI Report Server is Here

This is episode 41 recorded on March 15th 2018… where John & Jason talk to  Riccardo Muti, Principal Group Program Manager at Microsoft for Power BI and SQL Server Reporting Services, about the latest Power BI Report Server release & the direction he sees the product going in the future

 

Power BI Reporting on a Multi-value SharePoint Column

Hey all – John here. One of the things that we get asked frequently is how to report on SharePoint data. The answer is of course, “well, it’s easy, but it depends”.

In the spirit of clearing up the “it depends” part, I’m in the process of writing a series of articles that walks through the nuances of the various SharePoint complex data types. The first one shows some options for reporting on multi-value SharePoint columns, and includes tricks that pertain to more sources than just SharePoint.

You can find the post here. Enjoy!