Episode 114 – Live from SharePoint Fest Seattle with Chris Finlan

Chris Finlan on BIFocal

This is episode 114 recorded on August 21st, 2019 where John & Jason talk to Chris Finlan, Principal Program Manager for Power BI, about his experience at SPFest, whats new and exciting in Power BI, and some specifics around Paginated Reports in Power BI.

Show Notes

Get Paginated Reports into Power BI Pro – User Voice

Apply to work with the Power BI team

Episode 113 – Summer News Round-Up

This is episode 113 recorded on August 14st, 2019 where John & Jason recap all the news that fit to hear from Summer 2019 like Sending refresh notifications to others, Paginated Reports August 2019 Feature Update, Power BI Premium new capacity settings allow for more control over datasets, and more.

Show Notes

Multiple data source definitions on the On-premises data gateway for the same data source

Sending refresh notifications to others

Gateway Management on Admin Center

Aggregations for petabyte-scale BI is generally available!

Power BI Premium – Know What Your Premium Capacity Can Handle

Announcing the New Filter Experience

Power BI introduces service availability notifications

Introducing the new look for Power BI Service

Microsoft a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise BI Platforms

New Power BI Region in South Africa!

Power BI Developer community June & July update

Paginated Reports August 2019 Feature Update – Report Builder Update, SaaS embedding support and what’s coming soon

Help improve Power BI – Copy vs. Export Survey

Connecting Azure Analysis Services to Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2

Power BI Premium new capacity settings allow for more control over datasets

Access on-prem Report Server from your Power BI Mobile app with Azure Active Directory Application Proxy

Power BI Service and Mobile July 2019 feature summary

User Voice Picks


Pass SSO user credentials through the Power BI gateway

We need the user SSO credentials to be passed through Gateway connections to Denodo Data Virtualisation layer to be able to securely federate our data/analytics report queries


Connect PBI Desktop to multiple PBI Online Datasets

Currently, once you connect to a Power BI Service/Online Dataset you cannot add additional data sources. We have several datasets we’d like to put in the same report, but can’t because they are over the 1GB limit on size. If we could live-connect to them all in Power BI Desktop this would help.

Episode 112 – Changing the Laws of Physics with Christian Wade

This is episode 112 recorded on August 7st, 2019 where John & Jason talk to Christian Wade, Senior Program Manager for Analysis Services at Microsoft, about Power BI in the Enterprise, the updates to Aggregations feature, upcoming major performance enhancements, and more.

User Voice Picks


Customize visible items in new filter experience

The standard slicers have now a visual level filter, but the new filter experience does not have a similar feature. A correspondent “visual level filter” allowing to define conditions that make an item visible or not. in the new filter experience. The reasons are the same that justified visual level filter in standard slicers.


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.

Episode 111 – July 2019 Power BI Desktop Update

This is episode 111 recorded on August 1st, 2019 where John & Jason talk about the latest update to Power BI Desktop including Icon sets for table and matrix, Aggregations now being generally available with RLS support, and the Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 connector.

Show Notes

New look for the Power BI Service now available

PBI Desktop July 2019




Data connectivity

Data preparation

User Voice Picks


Theme editor

What else to say…

PBI Theme editor is needed to Create new / Edit current theme.

Thank you!


Custom theme colors for Conditional Formatting dialog box

If you switch to a custom theme, the conditional formatting dialog still shows the default theme colors. It would be nice to have the custom theme colors in the conditional formatting color-pickers.