Episode 4 – The Power BI Development Story

Recorded April 28, 2016

The excitement for Power BI continues to build. The driving force behind this is its ease of use, the from zero to insight speed. It’s easy to overlook the fact that Power BI also has a strong development story too. Join Jason and John as they welcome special guest Ted Pattison of Critical Path consulting to discuss the developer landscape in Power BI.

Analyze Power BI models in Excel now available

Row level security has arrived in Power BI

SQL Server 2016  RC3 is available

PBI Mobile App now supports SSRS Mobile reports

tyGraph is in the Power BI Desktop!!!!


Developer tools:
PBI Developers site

PBI Embedded

Tips and Tricks

Analyze in Excel – Watch out

Custom visuals gallery for Power BI

Episode 3 – Select * from On-Prem Where Version=’2016′

Recorded March 24, 2016

SharePoint 2016 is now generally available!!!

Jason and John welcome guests Kay Unkroth and Gregory Appel from Microsoft to discuss the BI changes in SharePoint 2016. Kay is a senior Product Manager responsible for BI intergration in SharePoint, and Greg is a senior PM in charge of Excel Online.

The big topic discussed is the fact that Excel Services have moved over to the Office Online Server. Our guests tackle the questions and repercussions of this, as well as many other topics including Microsoft’s renewed focus on SQL Server Reporting Services.

SharePoint 2016 Hits the street, but Office Online Server not there yet

Microsoft Data Summit

Excel now connects to PBI Models – uses MSOLAP

Row level security coming
Sand dance visual
New KPI visual in the service. First “official” new visual since launch
PBI Integration with Sway
PBI Mobile now supports SSRS Mobile reports

Tips and Tricks
Custom visuals gallery for Power BI
John’s what you need post for BI in SharePoint

Episode 2 – Select * from Stack

Recorded February 25, 2016

After the monthly News Update, Tips & Tricks, and What’s New in Power BI, John & Jason explain the Microsoft BI stack & it’s related technologies. They roll up their sleeves to dive into where each product can\should\will be best utilized in the business world of today.

Gartner names Microsoft Leader in BI

March 14 for SP Server 2016

Tips and Tricks

Data Generator tool

Use the right account with Enterprise Gateway 

Survey Tool with Power BI

What’s New In Power BI

Anonymous publishing of Power BI Content – Live Shark demo
Power BI Publisher for Microsoft Excel
Enterprise Gateway

Episode 1 – Select * From Hosts

Recorded January 28, 2016

In this first episode of BIFocal, John & Jason kick off by introducing themselves, the topics, and the show format. During the course of the hour they will cover some fun BI Basics and give their perspective on what we might be able to expect in the Microsoft BI ecosystem over the next year.


Power BI Universal app for Windows 10 is now generally available

Power BI can now export data

Show includes a demo of how to connect to files in SharePoint Online

New guidance for SharePoint 2016 – https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/library/mt674774%28SQL.130%29.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396

Sankey Bar Chart


SharePoint 2016 Release Candidate now available, but there’s still no Office Online Server release candidate, which makes testing BI stuff pretty difficult