Episode 107 – Power BI News and MVP Renewals

This is episode 107 recorded on July 2nd, 2019 where John & Jason talk about MVP Renewals, the World Cup, and a whole bunch of Power BI News including the New Viewer Role for Power BI workspaces, the June dataflows updates, and a new version of Power BI Report Builder.

Show Notes

Power BI Dataflows June 2019 Feature Summary

Announcing the New Viewer Role for Power BI Workspaces

Introducing dataflow templates; A quick and efficient way to build your sales leaderboard and get visibility over your sales pipeline

Avoiding workspace loops by expanding navigation properties in the GetGroupsAsAdmin API

Power BI Paginated Reports June 2019 Feature Update Summary

Announcing support for non-Premium Power BI datasets in Power BI Paginated Report Builder

User Voice Picks

Jason

Power BI Desktop: Option to use either light or dark interface

New Desktop app update installed an almost white user interface. There is zero contrast which is not good for the eyes. I see where some people have requested a light interface so incorporate an option to select either light or dark theme like in the Office apps.

https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/37882726-option-to-use-either-light-or-dark-interface

John:

Visibilty (Hide an Item)

Develop an item formatting property which allows to set the visibility of a report item when you want to conditionally hide the item based on a report parameter or some other expression that you specify (also DAX expressions).

You can develop this incrementally starting from visuals, then text boxes, then shapes and buttons….

If you want to go the extra mile, you can also develop a functionality that allows the final user to toggle the visibility of report items.

For more information and since it was an available and really useful capability see “Add an Expand or Collapse Action to an Item (Report Builder and SSRS)”.

I double checked in the ideas database and there are many ideas describing the same functionality; this is the reason why I do believe this is really required and will try to collect all the previous votes under

https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/36697297-visibilty-hide-an-item

Episode 106 – A Bearless interview with Chris Finlan

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This is episode 106 recorded on June 11th, 2019 at the Microsoft Business Applications Summit where John & Jason talk to Chris Finlan, Senior Program Manager for Power BI at Microsoft, about the recently release features around Paginated Reports in the Power BI Service, Power BI Report Server, and more.

User Voice Picks

John

Allow for simpler account switching between tenants

It is next to impossible to switch between accounts/tenants in the Power BI mobile client. The user must first log out of the existing account/tenant, and then establish a connection with the different tenant. This is a multi-multi step process.

Contrast this with the multi tenant capabilities of the Teams mobile app, or of Outlook, SharePoint etc. We need better account switching in the Power BI mobile app.

Jason

Add an interface in Power BI Reports for browsing shared datasets on the Report Server.

A current capability we use in Power BI Reports on our Power BI Report Server is consuming Shared Datasets that are already on the server. We should have a “Shared Dataset” connector option in Power BI Optimized for Report Server that helps users identify which Shared Dataset are available on the server and the parameters(if any) are required to use the shared dataset. This would be a similar capability that exists in Report Builder when adding shared datasets.

This could be a simple UI that ultimately results in an OData source using the PBI REST API. This would simplify adding shared datasets rather than forcing users to under the REST API. Seems like a low overhead improvement that has high potential

Chris

Paginated reports – please make it available in Pro as well as Premium

Paginated reports – please make it available in Pro as well as Premium .. thank you

Episode 105 – June 2019 Power BI Desktop Update

This is episode 105 recorded on June 13th, 2019 where John & Jason talk about the latest update to Power BI Desktop including the new look for Power BI Desktop, Certified and shared datasets, and Visual level filters for slicers.

Show Notes

MBAS Session are Online – https://community.powerbi.com/t5/MBAS-Gallery/bd-p/MBAS_Gallery?filter=pc_power+bi

Power BI Desktop June 2019 Features

Reporting

Analytics

Modeling

Visualization

Data connectivity

Data preparation

User Voice Picks

John

Move Measures Between Tables in New Modelling View

The new Modelling View was delivered in Nov 2018 and is fabulous. There is already a button to select all measures in a table – great. I would like to then move all the selected measures to another table, either by drag and drop or by selecting the home table in the properties list (just like you can do for formatting).

Jason

Dark Mode for Power BI

Having a dark mode especially on the creator UI when putting things together would be helpful, similar to other MSFT apps (Azure, Office 2016, etc).

Episode 102 -Live from the European Collaboration Summit

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This is episode 102 recorded at European Collaboration Summit in Wiesbaden, Germany on May 29th, 2019 where John & Jason talk about latest Power BI news.

Show Notes

Creating complex real-time dashboards with Power BI

Episode 101 – May 2019 Power BI Desktop Update

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This is episode 101 recorded on May 23rd, 2019 where John & Jason talk about latest update to Power BI Desktop

Show Notes

Reporting

Analytics

Modeling

Visualizations

Data connectivity

Other

Episode 99 – Interview with Abram Jackson and Tyler Lenig from the Microsoft Graph Data Connect Team

This is episode 99 where John & Jason talk to Abram Jackson & Tyler Lenig, Program Managers from the Graph Data Connect Team,  about the release of Microsoft  Graph Data Connect & how it can be used with Power BI.

Show Notes

Microsoft Graph Data Connect Overview

Using Microsoft Graph Data Connect with PowerBI dataflows

We are now on Spotify!

BIFocal Facebook page hits 200 likes

Dataflows vs Data Flows

User Voice Picks

John – Time Zone Conversion Accounting for Daylight Savings Time

We need a way to display data in our local timezone accounting for daylight savings time. The data source stores the dates in UTC but we need reports to show local time. A native and easy way to do this in PowerBI would be a huge help. There are many blog posts and help articles floating around with solutions people have attempted but it’s a simple issue that so many users would benefit from having solved centrally by PowerBI itself. Please consider!

Jason – Paginated reports – please make it available in Pro as well as Premium

Paginated reports – please make it available in Pro as well as Premium .. thank you

Episode 97 – Interview with Matthew Roche

This is episode 97 recorded on March 21st, 2019 where John & Jason talk to the SQL All Father himself, Matthew Roche, Senior Program Manager on the Power BI CAT team, about Dataflows, sword play, and much more.

Show Notes

Matthew’s blog – BI Polar

Matthew on Twitter – SQLAllFather

Power BI Dataflows Go Live

Academy of European Medieval Martial Arts

Deadliest Art: A documentary on Historical European Martial Arts

User Voice Picks

John – Allow fonts to be customized

Jason – One single schedule task for sequential refresh of both Dataflows + Dataset

Episode 96 – April 2019 Power BI Desktop Update

This is episode 96 recorded on April 15th, 2019 where John & Jason talk about latest update to Power BI Desktop the including features like Drillthrough across reports, Filter pane improvements, & Dataflows connector now being generally available, plus a breakdown of some other news AND User Voice Picks!

News

Privacy Levels for Cloud Data Sources

Paginated Reports now supported in Apps in Power BI

Governance settings for Power BI cache refreshes from Azure Analysis Services

Desktop Drop

Reporting

Analytics

Modeling

Visualizations

Data connectivity

Data preparation

Other

User Voice Picks

John

Power BI Desktop should use the currently logged in account credentials for dataflow connections

When connecting to a dataflow in Power BI Desktop, the connection is cached like all other connections. Each connection persists the relevant tokens for their sources. However, when persisting a SQL connection, each database is cached separately, so different credentials can be used with different databases.

However, dataflows will only store the last connection to a dataflow, which makes connecting to dataflows in multiple tenants an arduous process of changing the data connect options.

Also confusing is the fact that the account switcher control is unrelated to the dataflow credentials, leading to situations where publish shows one set of workspaces, but the dataflow connector shows another.

Having the account switcher credentials tied to the dataflow connection credentials would solve both of these problems.

Jason

Display the Desktop version

It would be very useful to see what version of the Desktop is being run shown on the splash screen and somewhere in the client, not just under the About tab. With the ability to run side-by-side versions of Power BI Desktop to support work with the Service & PBIRS it is important to know which version of Power BI Desktop you are working in.

Episode 95 – Holy Power BI News Batman!

This is episode 95 recorded on April 8th, 2019 where John & Jason talk about all of the news just from last week that the Power BI team announced.


Show Notes

  1. Power BI open-platform connectivity with XMLA endpoints public preview
  2. Enhancing presentation mode with slideshow in Windows Power BI app – minor
  3. Announcing Power BI dataflows general availability
  4. Azure Analysis Services now supported and what’s coming next with Paginated Reports in Power BI
    1. AAS now supported
    2. Paginated Reports using Power BI data sets
    3. New Feature Friday
  5. Power BI Paginated Report Builder Now Available
  6. Workspace V2 is GA
  7. Creating Machine Learning models in Power BI

User Voice Picks of the Week

Jason – Power BI Desktop version release notification

As Power BI Desktop version is getting released every month from Microsoft Power BI, our customer would like to give the latest version of Power BI desktop to users as quick as the version get released. So it would more helpful l if we get email alert notification when the new Power BI Desktop version get released.

Vote!

Episode 94 – Interview with Aviv Ezrachi

This is episode 94 recorded on March 19th, 2019 where John & Jason talk to Aviv Ezrachi, Principle Program Manager for Power BI, about his role with the Power BI Service and his vision for Power BI Development.

User Voice Picks of the week

Jason: Published date

Every report and dashboard pages should have a column for Date Published, modified and by who just like in Windows

Vote!

John: Move Measures Between Tables in New Modelling View

The new Modelling View was delivered in Nov 2018 and is fabulous. There is already a button to select all measures in a table – great. I would like to then move all the selected measures to another table, either by drag and drop or by selecting the home table in the properties list (just like you can do for formatting).

Vote!