Episode 59 – Interview with Will Thompson

This is episode 59 recorded on July 31st, 2018 where John & Jason talk about SharePoint Saturday NYC, sessions for Microsoft Ignite, and interview Will Thompson from the Power BI Desktop Team at Microsoft.

Show Notes:

Intro to Power BI Desktop – Will’s session from Business Application Summit 2018

Power BI Desktop July 2018 Release

Power BI and the Future for Modern and Enterprise BI (Business Application Summit 2018)

 

Episode 58 – SharePoint BI and July 2018 Power BI Desktop Release

This is episode 58 recorded on July 25th 2018 where John & Jason talk about Business Application Summit after-the-fact, The Road Ahead for Power BI & SharePoint blog post, and do a deep dive on the Power BI Desktop update for July.

Show Notes:

Power BI and SharePoint – the road ahead

Power BI Desktop July 2018 Release

Episode 57 – Business Application Summit 2018 Recap

This is episode 57 recorded on July 23rd, 2018 where John & Jason recap the announcements at the 2018 Business Application Summit in Seattle, Washington.


Show Notes:

The Digital Feedback Loop

All about machine learning

Nothing is new – until now with data and predictions

Demos of CRM, Talent, Integration of LinkedIn Reporter

Remote Assist with AR and CRM data

Future of Modern and Enterprise BI

3 focus areas

  • Unified Platform for  both self-service & enterprise BI
  • Intuitive experiences
  • Pervasive AI for BI

July Desktop Release – for another show…….

Enterprise

  • Performance enhancements – 1.5 trillion rows, .25 PB of data was instant
    • Aggregation feature – aggregations caching
    • Showing direct connect to Spark
  • Composite Models – multiple direct query
  • SSRS – first see in August
  • Multi Geo
  • ALM – ALM Toolkit for Power BI from MAQ
  • Data Flows is the final name for Data Pools – magic is open data lake storage direct connected.

Usability

  • Fit and finish in Power BI Desktop. Now relationship editor, Design guides, visuals to the top
  • PRINTING – PDF.
  • Select on data to filter out
  • OOB Themes
  • Expression Based properties – even text properties like SSRS
  • Pivot tables
  • Commenting

AI

  • Quick insights gets a big improvement
  • Q&A within reports. “Explain the increase” with Quick insights.

Episode 56 – Developer & Gateway news and MVP Renewals

This is episode 56 recorded on July 12th 2018 where John & Jason talk about Microsoft Research Open Data, Developer & Gateway news, Power BI Desktop vs Service, and MVP renewals.

Notes:

Jason & John got renewed as Office Servers & Services MVP! John is now a double MVP in Data Platform for Power BI. Then Microsoft changed the categories again and they are Office Apps & Services MVPs now… either way, we are BACK!

MSR Open Data

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/blog/announcing-microsoft-research-open-data-datasets-by-microsoft-research-now-available-in-the-cloud/

Power BI Desktop vs Power BI Service

https://www.mssqltips.com/sqlservertip/4139/compare-power-bi-desktop-vs-power-bi-online/

Power BI Developer community June update

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-developer-community-june-update/

On-premises data gateway June update is now available

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/on-premises-data-gateway-june-update-is-now-available/

Power BI Workspace Collections is being deprecated – was supposed to happen June 30… get out now!!!! Get on Power BI Embedded

End of Microsoft Fiscal, 4th of July, O’Canada Day, and the looming Business Application Summit all lead to slow news time.

Coming events

Business Applications Summit 7/22-7/24 – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/businessapplicationssummit

SPSNYC 7/28 – http://www.spsevents.org/city/nyc

SPFest Seattle 8/20-8/24 – https://sharepointfest.com/Seattle/

SPTechCon 8/26-8/29 – http://www.sptechcon.com/

Microsoft Ignite 9/24-9/28 – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/ignite

European SharePoint Conference 11/26-11/29 – https://www.sharepointeurope.com/

Episode 55 – The Power of the Cloud

This is episode 55 recorded on June 28th 2018 where John & Jason talk about a few recent bugs and service interruptions, the recent Power of the Cloud conference, PowerApps, Flow, and some recent improvements to the usability of the On Premises Data Gateway

 

Show Notes

Organizational Account Authentication has stopped working for Microsoft Graph in Power BI
https://community.powerbi.com/t5/Issues/Error-getting-OData-from-Microsoft-Graph-Access-to-the-resource/

Easier configuration of Gateway data sets in the Power BI service:
https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/easier-set-up-of-datasets-in-power-bi/

Power of the Cloud show –
http://powerofthecloud.net

IWMentor PowerApps training
https://www.iwmentor.com/courses/powerapps-introduction

Coming events

Business Applications Summit 7/22-7/24 – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/businessapplicationssummit

SPSNYC 7/28 – http://www.spsevents.org/city/nyc

SPFest Seattle 8/20-8/24 – https://sharepointfest.com/Seattle/

SPTechCon 8/26-8/29 – http://www.sptechcon.com/

Microsoft Ignite 9/24-9/28 – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/ignite

European SharePoint Conference 11/26-11/29 – https://www.sharepointeurope.com/

Thrive Conference  Dec 4-5 2018 – http://www.thriveconf.com

Ep 54 – Miscellaneous news & the looming Power BI Embedded deadline

This is episode 54 recorded on June 21th 2018… where John & Jason talk about mobile app configuration of PBIRS settings, a new way of analyzing Excel in Power BI, and the upcoming Power BI Embedded deadline.

Show Notes

Report Server configuration with MDM/EMM tools

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/drill-through-and-report-server-configuration-with-mdm-tools/

 

Analyze in Power BI coming to the SharePoint UI – Kerem Yuceturk

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/SharePoint-BI/New-feature-Create-Power-BI-reports-from-tables-in-Excel-files/td-p/201843

 

Use Outlook to organize Power BI reports – Chris Finlan

https://christopherfinlan.com/2018/06/11/use-outlook-shortcuts-to-organize-your-favorite-power-bi-reports-and-dashboards/

 

Business Application Summit – Sessions are up

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/businessapplicationssummit

 

Power BI Embedded deadline is coming up!

https://www.bifocal.show/2018/03/27/episode-42-the-power-bi-embedded-show/

Megan Assarane interview

 

Coming events

Business Applications Summit 7/22-7/24 – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/businessapplicationssummit

SPSNYC 7/28 – http://www.spsevents.org/city/nyc

SPFest Seattle 8/20-8/24 – https://sharepointfest.com/Seattle/

SPTechCon 8/26-8/29 – http://www.sptechcon.com/

Microsoft Ignite 9/24-9/28 – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/ignite

European SharePoint Conference 11/26-11/29 – https://www.sharepointeurope.com/

Episode 53 – New initiatives

This is episode 53 recorded on June 13th 2018… where John & Jason talk about new initiatives in their world, discussed MyAnalytics, Azure Machine Learning, and some of the Power BI Service limits & what to do about them.

 

Jason – working on:

  • New product launch
  • Changes in my role
    • Microsoft Inspire & Ready
    • Partnerships
    • A renewed focus on process
      • Leads to more Power BI
      • Newly on E5
        • MyAnalytics
  • Summer plans

 

John – working on:

  • Azure ML and ML Studio – why does this stuff matter? The predictive part of BI
  • The PBIX Grow up story. Hitting the limits of the service.
  • tyGraph
    • For SP, OneDrive and Teams
  • New stuff based on CDSA
  • Power of the Cloud – June 22 – https://powerofthecloud.net/

 

Upcoming events

           TSPUG 6/20 – https://www.meetup.com/TorontoSPUG/

SPSNYC 7/28 – http://www.spsevents.org/city/nyc

SPFest Seattle 8/20-8/24 – https://sharepointfest.com/Seattle/

SPTechCon 8/26-8/29 – http://www.sptechcon.com/

 

The Intrazone: Episode 6 “The Desktop Diet”

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-SharePoint-Blog/The-Intrazone-episode-6-The-desktop-diet/ba-p/203323

Episode 52 – Power BI Desktop June update

This is episode 52 recorded on June 7th 2018… where John & Jason talk about the new Power BI Desktop update & the role of Power BI Desktop.

Power BI Desktop June Update

Reporting

Custom Visuals

Modeling

Data Connectivity

Other

 

Previous Power BI Desktop Update – May

Episode 51 – Power BI news & updates

This is episode 51 recorded on June 7th 2018… where John & Jason talk about news in the Power BI space, the Power BI Developer community update for May, and some twitter shenanigans.

 

News & Updates

Power BI Developer community May update

Episode 50 – Live from SPC18 in Las Vegas

This is episode 50 recorded live on May 21st 2018… where John & Jason talk the announcements & other things happening at the SharePoint Conference North America in Las Vegas.

Facebook Live show: https://www.facebook.com/bifocalshow/videos/255860991644964/ 

Notes:

  • Power BI Insights baked into lists
  • Was that a modern BDC built in?
  • 3D editor site of course
  • SP2019 – still waiting on deprecation statements for PP and PP4SP
  • Our tutorial…. What were people looking for?