Episode 61 – App Workspaces and Content Packs with Lukasz Pawlowski

This is episode 61 recorded on August 9th, 2018 where John & Jason talk to Lukasz Pawlowski, Senior Program Manager on the Power BI team at Microsoft, and mention highlights from the August Power BI Desktop release.

This is episode 61 recorded on August 9th, 2018 where John & Jason talk to Lukasz Pawlowski, Senior Program Manager on the Power BI team about the coming changes to Content Packs and App Workspaces, and mention highlights from the August Power BI Desktop release.

Content Packs and Group connected Power BI workspaces have been with us since the launch of the new Power BI in 2015. Both of these features are about to go some significant changes. Lukasz Pawlowski is the program manager for both features, and he joins us to explain what they are and why they are happening, among other things.

In addition, we also have a quick look at the August 2018 release of Power BI Desktop.

Show Notes:

Enable you team with new workspace experiences (preview) 

Power BI Desktop August 2018 Feature Summary

Episode 60 – SharePoint Business Intelligence – The End of an Era

This is episode 60 recorded on August 7th, 2018 where John & Jason talk about a new initiative for Power BI Beginners & the deprecation and removal of BI Features in SharePoint 2019.

Show Notes:

Business Intelligence in SharePoint 2019

What’s deprecated or removed from SharePoint Server 2019 Public Preview

Self-service BI and enterprise reporting on-premises with Power BI Report Server 

Upcoming webinar – Building a KPI Scorecard with Custom Visuals in Power BI with Reid Havens

 

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/

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 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 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