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 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

 

Episode 32 – Size Matters

This is episode 32 recorded on January 11th 2018… where John & Jason talk about scaling Power BI, it’s limits, and how to overcome them.

iTunes ratings contest

We are actively trying to get our visibility up for the show and one way to accomplish that is through having ratings on iTunes. To that end, we are asking out listeners to take a moment and rate us on iTunes. Once we hit 10 reviews, hopefully before our Feburary 6th show, we are going to raffle off a $50 Amazon gift card to one of the people who rated us. You will need iTunes to be able to do it, but you can find our page here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bifocal-clarifying-business-intelligence/id1266308225 

Size & Scale

What are the limits & why?

Free vs Pro vs Dedicated Capacity storage limits by licensing

App Workspaces vs Office 365 Groups vs Teams confusion

Personal storage limit in Power BI is 10GB per user & per Office 365 Group/App Workspace

Personal storage limit in Power BI is 1GB per model

Maximum size of a single data model limit in Dedicated Capacity is now 10GB
-does NOT go against the user’s personal storage limit

Episode 10 – May I see your license please sir?

Moving a PBIX file to AAS

Load your data model to AAS
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/import-power-bi-desktop-files-into-azure-analysis-services/

Kasper’s trick to repoint the PBIX
https://www.kasperonbi.com/change-your-power-bi-report-to-point-to-an-external-ssas-model/

Importing from PBI Desktop to SSAS On Prem – BIInsight
http://biinsight.com/import-power-bi-desktop-model-to-ssas-tabular-2017-using-azure-analysis-services/

Other Stuff to check out

Chris McNulty’s post on Tech Community

SPSEvents site

EDX Power BI Course

John & Jason’s upcoming events

SharePointalooza\North American Collaboration Summit
March 2-3, 2018
SharePointFest DC
March 26-30, 2018
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 31 – Power BI Desktop January Update

This is episode 31 recorded on January 9th 2018… where John & Jason talk about the January features updates to Power BI Desktop, some things they noticed in the Desktop client, and some User Voice submissions.

 Reporting

Show and hide pages
Control data label background color for Cartesian and maps visuals
Increase area used for axis labels in charts
Bar/column padding control
Show dates as a hierarchy (preview)
Add an anchor date for relative date slicer
Top N selection in Q&A

Analytics

Correlation coefficient quick measure

Custom Visuals

PowerApps
TreeViz
Funnel with Source by MAQ Software
Box and Whisker chart by MAQ Software
Agility Planning Matrix Light
Image Grid
Gantt Chart by MAQ Software

Data connectivity

Support for Azure Active Directory authentication for Azure SQL Database & Data Warehouse connectors

Other

Advanced language settings for the Windows store app

Power BI Desktop things of note

-Help tab
-Windows Store download was behind the blog post

Previous Month’s Power BI Desktop update episode

Upcoming events

SharePointalooza\North American Collaboration Summit
March 2-3, 2018
SharePointFest DC
March 26-30, 2018
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

Power BI User Voice submissions

https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/32871283-notification-after-updates-have-been-installed

https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/32871919-display-the-desktop-version

Episode 29 – 2018 Predictions from the Community

This is episode 29 recorded in December 2017… where John & Jason talk to community members about their 2018 predictions & make a few themselves.

A special thank you to Dan Holme for supporting us in this reimaging of his Penton series of Predictions. This was always a fun series of predictions to read, and we hope that you find this episode entertaining to listen to.

Thanks to everyone who contributed a prediction for 2018. Follow them on Twitter and check out their blogs below:

Andy Huneycutt – 5:15

https://twitter.com/AndyHuneycutt

Brian Alderman – 7:16

https://twitter.com/brianalderman
http://www.microtechpoint.com/

Christina Wheeler – 7:38

https://twitter.com/cwheeler76
https://www.sharepointwheeler.com/

Marc D Anderson – 8:20

https://twitter.com/sympmarc
http://sympmarc.com/

Chris McNulty – 9:45

https://twitter.com/cmcnulty2000

Dean Swann –  10:46

https://twitter.com/sdeanswann
https://www.tygraph.com/

Joanne Klein – 11:40

https://twitter.com/JoanneCKlein
https://joannecklein.com/

Jeremy Thake – 12:28

https://twitter.com/jthake
https://jeremythake.com

Susan Hanley –  12:57

https://twitter.com/susanhanley
http://www.susanhanley.com/

Mark Rackley – 13:10

https://twitter.com/mrackley
http://www.paitgroup.com/

Mike Fitzmaurice – 13:48

https://twitter.com/mikefitz
https://www.nintex.com/

Andrew Connell – 14:48

https://twitter.com/andrewconnell
http://www.andrewconnell.com/

Vlad Catrinescu – 15:48

https://twitter.com/vladcatrinescu
https://absolute-sharepoint.com/

David Broussard –  16:02

https://twitter.com/dbroussa
http://blogs.catapultsystems.com/author/dbroussard/

Richard Campbell – 17:10

https://twitter.com/richcampbell
http://runasradio.com/

 

We wish everyone a happy holiday season and a Happy 2018!

 

Episode 28 – December’s SQL Server & Power BI Desktop updates

This is episode 28 recorded on December 14th, 2017… where John & Jason talk about the new SQL Server Management Studio 17.4, a new open source SQL Server CLI, a change to Power BI Premium, and the December updates to Power BI Desktop.

iTunes ratings contest

We are actively trying to get our visibility up for the show and one way to accomplish that is through having ratings on iTunes. To that end, we are asking out listeners to take a moment and rate us on iTunes. Once we hit 10 reviews, hopefully before our Feburary 6th show, we are going to raffle off a $50 Amazon gift card to one of the people who rated us. You will need iTunes to be able to do it, but you can find our page here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bifocal-clarifying-business-intelligence/id1266308225 

News

Upcoming events

  • Power BI Summit in Dublin – April 24-28 2018
    • Presented by PUG and Dynamic Communities

Related episodes:

Episode 24 – November’s Power BI Desktop update & more
Episode 15 – Microsoft Ignite 2017 Bonus Episode