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 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 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!

Episode 30 – New Years News

This is episode 30 recorded in January 1st 2018… where John & Jason talk about the news from the past few weeks in Power BI, Office 365, and Azure.

Show Notes:

On-premises data gateway December update

-includes a number of bug fixes and improvements to previously released features
-matches the Mashup Engine that was released as a part of the Power BI Desktop December update

Sync members from O365 Modern group to a mail-enabled security group

-This is one of the issues that we run into because Power BI is NOT a part of Office 365
-The solution that Adam shows is a viable, one time solution but does not solve the longer term issue
-This can be scripted to run daily, but it is duplicating groups at that point which will ultimately cause problems
-We love Adam Saxton & Patrick LeBlank and recommend people subscribe to the YouTube Channel GuyInACube
-We don’t actually recommend you do this…

The Reddit Solution Template

-Point solution for Reddit
-Similar solutions exist for Twitter, Facebook, & Bing News
-What are Solution Templates anyway?
-Who is this for? Social Media Managers… that use Reddit
Server aliases for Azure Analysis Services

-Aliasing is always a good idea
-migration situations
-easier to remember
-obfuscates actual server information
-allows the use of Azure Traffic Manager
-Users can connect to the server from Power BI Desktop (in addition to other client tools) using the link:// format

Azure Analysis Services integration with Azure Diagnostic Logs

-Various scenarios are supported, including the following:
-Auditing
-Monitoring of server health
-Derivation of usage metrics
-Understanding which user groups are using which datasets and when
-Detection of long-running or problematic queries
-Detection of users experiencing errors
-Consume diagnostic logs in Power BI
-give you a text file that contains an M expression, which can be pasted into a blank query in Power BI Desktop
-The expression contains the current Log Analytics query and consumes from the Log Analytics REST API

Episode 21 – Miguel Llopis, PM for On-Prem Data Gateway and Power Query

This is episode 21 recorded at Microsoft Ignite on September 26th, 2017. This is the last of our Ignite interviews. We had the privilege of sitting down at length with Miguel Llopis, Senior Microsoft Program Manager responsible for Power Query, the On-Premises Data Gateway, and much more.

Miguel has been with Power BI since before there was a Power BI. Listen in – there’s a lot here!

Episode 20 – Ignite recap and Office 365 Reporting with the tyGraph Team

This is episode 20 recorded on October 3rd, 2017 where John & Jason talk to John’s colleagues, Ed Senez & Dean Swann from tyGraph to debrief on Microsoft Ignite from a real world Business Intelligence perspective. We discuss tyGraph, which allows organizations to take Office 365 reporting to a whole new level, and finally about their new podcast, tyGraph Moneyball, which focuses in on the why of using reporting and analytics.

Show Notes:

tyGraph

tyGraph YouTube channel

tyGraph Moneyball podcast

Dean’s Ignite session – “Mining Yammer Data for Gold with Power BI”