Episode 100 – a measurable milestone

This is episode 100 recorded on May 16th, 2019  where John & Jason make a big deal about episode 100, talk about how they got here, some of the events that they have coming up, make some picks, and Jason pulls a fast one on John.

Jason’s picks

Allow workspace tagging

As an IT administrator responsible for PBI Service management and governance. I would like the ability to create free form tags (Similar to azure portal tags). to track key metadata like a GL Code or responsible business department or other business specific information. These tags should be exposed via the API so they can be used to pull back in reports. tagging assets in the workspace (Reports, dashboards datasets) would be useful as well

https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/37078417-allow-workspace-tagging

Notify me when credentials for scheduled refresh expire

Today, 10-15 of my scheduled refreshes for both datasets and dataflows failed because the credentials cached in the PowerBI service for SharePoint expired. It took only a few minutes to renew those credentials, but several hours to re-refresh the dataflows (they all hit the same source, and time out if fired at once. They are scheduled for staggered refresh). If I had been notified by email before the refreshes failed instead of after, I could have easily renewed the credentials in question.

Note that my user account/password did not change. The access token stored by PBI merely expired.

https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/37343548-notify-me-when-credentials-for-scheduled-refresh-e

John’s pick

Source Control

PowerBI.com should have some type of Source Code control integration for change control

https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/9677517-source-control

Upcoming events

SharePoint Conference 2019

June 19-24, 2019
Las Vegas, NV
www.sharepointconference.com
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SharePoint Virtual Summit 2019

May 21, 2019 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
https://aka.ms/SPC/Keynote

European Collaboration Summit 2019

May 27-29, 2019
Wiesbaden, Germany
https://collabsummit.eu/

Microsoft Business Application Summit 2019

June 10-11, 2019
Georgia World Congress Center | Atlanta, GA
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/businessapplicationssummit

SharePointFest Seattle

August 19-23, 2019
Washington State Convention Center | Seattle, WA
https://sharepointfest.com/Seattle/

Episode 99 – Interview with Abram Jackson and Tyler Lenig from the Microsoft Graph Data Connect Team

This is episode 99 where John & Jason talk to Abram Jackson & Tyler Lenig, Program Managers from the Graph Data Connect Team,  about the release of Microsoft  Graph Data Connect & how it can be used with Power BI.

Show Notes

Microsoft Graph Data Connect Overview

Using Microsoft Graph Data Connect with PowerBI dataflows

We are now on Spotify!

BIFocal Facebook page hits 200 likes

Dataflows vs Data Flows

User Voice Picks

John – Time Zone Conversion Accounting for Daylight Savings Time

We need a way to display data in our local timezone accounting for daylight savings time. The data source stores the dates in UTC but we need reports to show local time. A native and easy way to do this in PowerBI would be a huge help. There are many blog posts and help articles floating around with solutions people have attempted but it’s a simple issue that so many users would benefit from having solved centrally by PowerBI itself. Please consider!

Jason – Paginated reports – please make it available in Pro as well as Premium

Paginated reports – please make it available in Pro as well as Premium .. thank you

Episode 98 – Live from SPFest DC 2019

This is episode 98 recorded on April 2nd, 2019 where John & Jason talk to Treb Gatte, Managing Partner at Tumble Road, about all the exciting Power BI news from the last couple of weeks. 

Show Notes

E-Mail Subscriptions for Paginated Reports is Now Available

E-Mail Subscriptions for Paginated Reports is Now Available

Announcing Query Caching in Power BI Premium

Skip Test Connection for On-premises and Cloud Data Sources

Announcing Power BI Home General Availability (GA) & Roadmap

Power BI Dataset data source support for Paginated Reports is now available

Exporting the workspaces list from the Admin Portal

Duplicating workspaces by using Power BI cmdlets

Episode 97 – Interview with Matthew Roche

This is episode 97 recorded on March 21st, 2019 where John & Jason talk to the SQL All Father himself, Matthew Roche, Senior Program Manager on the Power BI CAT team, about Dataflows, sword play, and much more.

Show Notes

Matthew’s blog – BI Polar

Matthew on Twitter – SQLAllFather

Power BI Dataflows Go Live

Academy of European Medieval Martial Arts

Deadliest Art: A documentary on Historical European Martial Arts

User Voice Picks

John – Allow fonts to be customized

Jason – One single schedule task for sequential refresh of both Dataflows + Dataset

Episode 96 – April 2019 Power BI Desktop Update

This is episode 96 recorded on April 15th, 2019 where John & Jason talk about latest update to Power BI Desktop the including features like Drillthrough across reports, Filter pane improvements, & Dataflows connector now being generally available, plus a breakdown of some other news AND User Voice Picks!

News

Privacy Levels for Cloud Data Sources

Paginated Reports now supported in Apps in Power BI

Governance settings for Power BI cache refreshes from Azure Analysis Services

Desktop Drop

Reporting

Analytics

Modeling

Visualizations

Data connectivity

Data preparation

Other

User Voice Picks

John

Power BI Desktop should use the currently logged in account credentials for dataflow connections

When connecting to a dataflow in Power BI Desktop, the connection is cached like all other connections. Each connection persists the relevant tokens for their sources. However, when persisting a SQL connection, each database is cached separately, so different credentials can be used with different databases.

However, dataflows will only store the last connection to a dataflow, which makes connecting to dataflows in multiple tenants an arduous process of changing the data connect options.

Also confusing is the fact that the account switcher control is unrelated to the dataflow credentials, leading to situations where publish shows one set of workspaces, but the dataflow connector shows another.

Having the account switcher credentials tied to the dataflow connection credentials would solve both of these problems.

Jason

Display the Desktop version

It would be very useful to see what version of the Desktop is being run shown on the splash screen and somewhere in the client, not just under the About tab. With the ability to run side-by-side versions of Power BI Desktop to support work with the Service & PBIRS it is important to know which version of Power BI Desktop you are working in.

Episode 95 – Holy Power BI News Batman!

This is episode 95 recorded on April 8th, 2019 where John & Jason talk about all of the news just from last week that the Power BI team announced.


Show Notes

  1. Power BI open-platform connectivity with XMLA endpoints public preview
  2. Enhancing presentation mode with slideshow in Windows Power BI app – minor
  3. Announcing Power BI dataflows general availability
  4. Azure Analysis Services now supported and what’s coming next with Paginated Reports in Power BI
    1. AAS now supported
    2. Paginated Reports using Power BI data sets
    3. New Feature Friday
  5. Power BI Paginated Report Builder Now Available
  6. Workspace V2 is GA
  7. Creating Machine Learning models in Power BI

User Voice Picks of the Week

Jason – Power BI Desktop version release notification

As Power BI Desktop version is getting released every month from Microsoft Power BI, our customer would like to give the latest version of Power BI desktop to users as quick as the version get released. So it would more helpful l if we get email alert notification when the new Power BI Desktop version get released.

Vote!

Episode 94 – Interview with Aviv Ezrachi

This is episode 94 recorded on March 19th, 2019 where John & Jason talk to Aviv Ezrachi, Principle Program Manager for Power BI, about his role with the Power BI Service and his vision for Power BI Development.

User Voice Picks of the week

Jason: Published date

Every report and dashboard pages should have a column for Date Published, modified and by who just like in Windows

Vote!

John: Move Measures Between Tables in New Modelling View

The new Modelling View was delivered in Nov 2018 and is fabulous. There is already a button to select all measures in a table – great. I would like to then move all the selected measures to another table, either by drag and drop or by selecting the home table in the properties list (just like you can do for formatting).

Vote!

Episode 93 – Interview with Kim Manis

This is episode 93 recorded on March 18th, 2019 where John & Jason talk to Kim Manis, Principal Group Product Manager for Power BI, about her role on the Power BI Team and her vision for Power BI Desktop.

User Voice Picks of the Week

Hyperlink in Visuals

You should be able to insert a hyperlink field into a visual so when a user selects on the visual, it can take them to the desired page.

Vote!

Export current theme as a Json file

We have a wonderful option – switch theme to import theme as a JSON file.It would be great to have an export option to export current theme as a JSON file from a report.

Vote!

Episode 92 – March 2019 Power BI Desktop Update

This is episode 92 recorded on March 15th, 2019 where John & Jason talk about latest update to Power BI Desktop the including features like Single select slicer, filter pane improvements, and some accessibility improvements.

Show Notes:

Reporting

Analytics

Modelling

Custom visuals

Data connectivity

Episode 89 – February 2019 Power BI Desktop Update

This is episode 89 recorded on February 22nd, 2019 where John & Jason talk about latest update to Power BI Desktop the including features like update default visual interaction to cross-filter, Insights questions in Q&A, and a bunch of new custom visuals.

This is episode 89 recorded on February 22nd, 2019 where John & Jason talk about latest update to Power BI Desktop the including features like update default visual interaction to cross-filter, Insights questions in Q&A, and a bunch of new custom visuals.

Show Notes

Here’s the complete list of February updates:

Reporting

Analytics

Custom visuals

Data connectivity

Other