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.
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
Power BI Desktop vs Power BI Service
Power BI Developer community June update
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.
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/
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
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
Excel Gets custom visuals “soon”
New PBI Desktop for May
• Conditional formatting by a different field
• Advanced slicer syncing
• Log axis improvements
• Data label options for funnel chart
• Set line stroke width to zero
• Measure drillthrough
Power BI Premium
• Incremental refresh (preview)
• Collage by CloudScope
• Chinese Color Map
• 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
• Improvements to Add Column From Examples
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
- SSMS 17.4 is now available – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/ssms/download-sql-server-management-studio-ssms
- SQL Vulnerability Assessment tool
- Mssql-cli Preview. Open source, requires Python
- Power BI Premium now supports datasets up to 10 GB
- Power BI Desktop December Update
- Q&A in Designer for report creation. This is used at DESIGN time
- Bookmarking now supports cross-highlighting states, more granularity about what the bookmark applies to
- Adding descriptions to field names in the field properties pane
- Scatter plot improvements
- Higher density sampling for at/long on maps
- Responsive slicers – Date, range and horizontal slicers. Works better for mobile too
- Drill filters other visuals – about freakin’ time
- Lots of new custom visuals
- Card browser
- Table heatmap
- Data image
- Power KPI matrix – scorecard like, but not a scorecard
- Text filter – yes!
- Chartaccent linechart/barchart
- New connectors
- Adobe Analytics
- HD Insight interactive Query
- SAP BW
- IBM Netezza now GA
- Most of these are preview – need to be turned on
- Power BI Summit in Dublin – April 24-28 2018
- Presented by PUG and Dynamic Communities
Episode 24 – November’s Power BI Desktop update & more
Episode 15 – Microsoft Ignite 2017 Bonus Episode
This is episode 27 recorded on December 6th, 2017 from SharePointFest Chicago… where John & Jason talk to Paul Schaeflein about helping people transform applications using Microsoft Teams, authentication stuff using Azure B2B & Paul quizzes us on how people should be using Power BI.
Paul Schaeflein is a solution architect/developer with more than three decades experience in architecting, designing and developing software solutions. This experience covers a vast range of technologies, languages and industries. Paul is an independent consultant, helping organizations of all sizes with their application development, ALM and SharePoint/Office 365 projects. Paul is a top-rated speaker, having presented at SharePoint Evolutions, the Microsoft SharePoint Conference and TechEd conferences, as well as user groups. In recognition of these community efforts, he is recognized as a Most Valuable Professional (MVP). Paul has a blog at http://www.schaeflein.net/blog, and is active on Twitter as @paulschaeflein. You can also reach him at email@example.com.
Find out more about Paul at https://www.schaeflein.net/speaker-biography/
The webinar for B2B (and Flow): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIImcUZyP7U
SharePoint Conference NA: https://www.sharepointna.com use discount code SCHAEFLEIN
Power BI Report Server episode with Chris Finlan
This is episode 26 recorded on December 6th, 2017 from SharePointFest Chicago… where John & Jason talk about the latest updates to the OnPrem Data Gateway, the technical reference implementation for enterprise BI and reporting, and the latest news for Power BI Developers.
Technical reference implementation for enterprise BI and reporting
On-premises data gateway November update is now available
- The public preview of the long-awaited High Availability support.
- The “Additional Logging” setting of the gateway will now include the Mashup engine traces.
- The gateway will now automatically fall back to communicating through Azure Service Bus using HTTPS if direct TCP fails.
- The gateway now includes the November version of the Mashup engine.
Power BI Developer community November update
Azure Resource Manager API
- Scale up/ down
- Pause/ start resource
- Create/ Delete resource
- Get capacity information
- Update capacity
- Get capacity list in a resource group/ subscription
….they will add support for ARM PowerShell soon
Cloud Service Provider purchase channel now available
Visual Options menu and Context menu extension
Injecting custom actions into the options & context menus
Preload API for a better loading experience
Update connection string
RLS support on AS Azure for pre-defined roles
API 1.9 is now available, adding the ability to open the default browser and navigate to a URL
How to clone workspaces using the API
Microsoft’s best practices for building custom visuals in Power BI
This is episode 25 recorded on November 24th, 2017… Black Friday… or as we call it, Analytics Friday… where John & Jason talk about Power BI Guest Access using Azure B2B and some tips, tricks & community shout outs.
Guest Access now available
- AAD B2B with Power BI is available starting today. Read the documentation and try inviting an external user now!
- For more information and a step-by-step guide to distributing BI content with Power BI and Azure AD B2B read this whitepaper. Also visit Azure documentation for more information on Azure AD B2B.
-Power Query Tip – Cached data remembers its source – even after you change it in the Query Editor. You need to make sure it’s totally refreshed.
-Facebook Query has totally changed: https://whitepages.unlimitedviz.com/2017/11/facebook-location-tracking-power-bi/
Community shout outs
RunAs Radio: http://www.runasradio.com/Shows/Show/559
Richard Campbell: https://twitter.com/RichCampbell
This is episode 24 recorded on November 17th, 2017… where John & Jason talk to about the latest Power BI Desktop update, some new custom visuals, and some community contribution picks.
Power BI Desktop November Feature Summary
Stuff John is excited about in November’s Power BI Desktop
Here’s the complete list of November updates:
Data connectivity – Single Sign-on
Impala connector – support for Windows Authentication
check out Episode 23 for more on SSO
Add Column From Examples improvements
Community forum stuff:
Cool infographic that shows what is what in the Power BI space (features w/ license requirements)
Power BI Desktop terminology & definitions
New Office 365 launcher showed up
Flow – Calculate running totals
Stacy Simpkins (@sharepointstacy) blog post about migrating SSRS from one SharePoint farm to another
This is episode 23 recorded on November 7th, 2017… where John & Jason talk to about the new single-sign on methods for the Power BI service and an interview with Dave Feldman, Microsoft MVP from Shire Pharmaceuticals.
Blog post by Miguel Llopis: Announcing Single Sign-On Support when connecting to data sources from the Power BI Service
“… it is now possible to use Single Sign-On, leveraging Kerberos, when connecting to certain data sources using DirectQuery mode from Power BI.”
Config link: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/powerbi-gateway-kerberos-for-sso-pbi-to-on-premises-data/
Support for Single Sign-On is available for the following data sources as of today:
- SQL Server
- SAP HANA
Additional data sources will be added:
“Using BI to make intelligent business decisions”TyGraph, HyperFish & onPrem IIS Logs to do proper analysis around what was being used during the planning phases of the integration between Shire & BaxaltaThe analysis fueled Dave’s migration decisionsLooking into the future to multi-geo decision planning for SharePoint Online
Shire’s Hub and Link Web Parts: https://github.com/SharePoint/sp-dev-solutions/tree/master/solutions/LinksAndHandlebarsTemplate
Dave’s blog: http://bostonmusicdave.com/