Episode 89 – February 2019 Power BI Desktop Update

This is episode 89 recorded on February 22nd, 2019 where John & Jason talk about latest update to Power BI Desktop the including features like update default visual interaction to cross-filter, Insights questions in Q&A, and a bunch of new custom visuals.

This is episode 89 recorded on February 22nd, 2019 where John & Jason talk about latest update to Power BI Desktop the including features like update default visual interaction to cross-filter, Insights questions in Q&A, and a bunch of new custom visuals.

Show Notes

Here’s the complete list of February updates:

Reporting

Analytics

Custom visuals

Data connectivity

Other

Episode 88 – Catching Up On the News

This is episode 88 recorded on February 22nd, 2019 where John & Jason catch up on all the February news from the Power BI team including 3 updates from Chris Finlan.

This is episode 88 recorded on February 22nd, 2019 where John & Jason catch up on all the February news from the Power BI team including 3 updates from Chris Finlan. Good job Chris’s team!

Show Notes

E-Mail Subscription Time-Based Scheduling Now Available

Capacity management improvement and more granularity in the Power BI Premium Capacity Metrics app

Export to PDF and On-Demand E-Mail Subscriptions Now Available

Bulk Operations in the Admin Portal

Incremental refresh & query folding

End-User Filtered Export capabilities now available

Insights made easy with Power BI Template Apps

Microsoft a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Analytics and BI Platforms for 12 consecutive years

Episode 83 – The Death of Inappropriate Anonymous Embedding

This is episode 83 recorded on January 11th, 2019 where John & Jason talk Workspace Management in the Admin portal & the death of inappropriate anonymous embedding.

Show Notes

Easily embed secure Power BI reports in your internal portals or websites

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/easily-embed-secure-power-bi-reports-in-your-internal-portals-or-websites/

Workspace Management in the Admin portal

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/workspace-management-in-the-admin-portal/

Episode 82 – 2018 Power BI Wrap Up

This is episode 82 recorded on December 18th, 2018 where John & Jason talk about the highlights of 2018 in the Power BI space & make some predictions for 2019.

Show Notes

Favorite features list:

Show/Hide pages (Jan)
Desktop in the Windows store (Feb)
Slicer sync (Feb)
Persistent filters (March)
Report page tooltips (March)
Bookmarking (March)
Action/Bookmark buttons (April)
Q&A Explorer (April)
Incremental Refresh (May)
New “From Web” Connector (May)
Composite models (July)
SharePoint Roadmap – July
New workspace experience (August)
Monitoring app for Premium (August)
Printing (August)
Aggregations (September)
New Power BI Home (September)
M Intellisense (September)
DAX Editor (October)
Dataflows (November)
New modelling view (November)
Paginated reports (November)
Copy/Paste between Desktop Files (Nov)
Smart guides (Dec)
External Dataflows (December)

Episode 81 – Interview with Andrew Connell

This is episode 81 recorded live at SharePointFest Chicago on December 6th, 2018 where Jason talks Andrew Connell, co-host of the Microsoft Cloud Show and Instructor & Entrepreneur at Voitanos.io, about Azure AppInsights & developing for proper analytics.

Show Notes

Andrew Connell is a full-stack web developer and 12-time annual recipient of the Microsoft MVP Award for Office Development, Office Servers and Services with a deep developer background in SharePoint, Office 365, and Microsoft Azure. He has spoken at various conferences around the world including Microsoft’s TechEd, BuildIgnite & SharePoint conferences, Angular’s ngConfAngularUSPTechConSP Live360 among many others. He’s taught hundreds of people via in-person & online classroom based training for over 10 years including through the training company Critical Path Training he co-founded & co-operated for four years (2009-2013). Additionally, he has a catalog of on-demand video-based training available through Pluralsight. Microsoft has hired Andrew multiple times to present at internal conferences such as TechReady, develop, deliver and publish training courses and to serve as a key strategic and technical advisor to multiple internal product teams.

Over the years Andrew has proven himself time & time again as an experienced technical trainer and course author. Building on this vast experience, he is excited to bring it direct to you to provide the ideal learning experience.

Voitanos is where you’ll find Andrew’s self-hosted video-based on-demand technical training courses and educational resources.

The Microsoft Cloud Show

The only place to stay up to date on everything going on in the Microsoft Intelligent Cloud world including Azure and Office 365. 

Whether you are new to the cloud, old hat or just starting to consider what the cloud can do for you this podcast is the place to find all the latest and greatest news and information on what’s going on in the cloud universe.  Join long-time Microsoft aficionados and SharePoint experts Andrew Connell and Chris Johnson as they dissect the noise and distill it down, read between the lines and offer expert opinion on what is really going on.  Just the information … no marketing … no BS, just two dudes telling you how they see it.

Ep 80 – December 2018 Power BI Desktop Update

This is episode 80 recorded on December 17th, 2018 where John & Jason talk about last update to Power BI Desktop in 2018 including features like Smart guides for aligning objects on a page & the preview of Live connect support for Q&A.

Show Notes

Reporting

Analytics

Modeling

Custom visuals

Data connectivity

Data preparation

Other

Useful links

November 2018 Power BI Desktop Update

Ep 79 – Interview with Jen Stirrup

This is episode 79 recorded on November 28th, 2018 where John interviews Jen Stirrup, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Regional Director about the state of Business Intelligence and its relationship to Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. They spends a little time talking about the competitive landscape.

Show Notes


Jen Stirrup is an industry analyst and speaker, an author, Microsoft Data Platform MVP, a data strategist and practitioner in Business Intelligence, Big Data and Data Visualisation. With nearly 20 years’ experience, Jen works for global clients to deliver strategic advice and implementation in data technologies.

She focuses on R, Machine Learning, database technologies, and Big Data solutions. Jen speaks at conferences such as Hadoop Summit, Microsoft Ignite, SQLPass Summit and SQLBits. She also runs an annual Business Analytics conference in London. Jen blogs at jenstirrup.com and her R, ML and Business Intelligence webinars can be found at datascience.sqlpass.org and bi.sqlpass.org

Useful links

Decency Charter for Technical Communities

Mental Health in Consultancy: You do You

Ep 78 – Interview with the SPFest BI Speakers

This is episode 78 recorded on December 5th, 2018 live from SPFest Chicago where Jason talks with the other speakers on the BI track Treb Gatte, Liz Sundet, and Daniel Glenn about their perspectives on BI in the SharePoint space & their predictions for 2019.

Show notes:

Treb Gatte

Treb is Managing Partner, of TumbleRoad.com, a Power BI consultancy. Tumble Road works with many companies worldwide, like Pandora Media, Microsoft, and Kaiser Permanente, to achieve business intelligence success.

Treb is a five year Business Solutions MVP and a one year Data Platform MVP for Power BI. He has authored three books on Project and SharePoint. He is also a professional public speaker and a CIO Magazine Contributor for the Effective Enterprise blog. Treb is a former Project Engineering Team BI PM at Microsoft.

You can follow Treb on Twitter @tgatte.

Liz Sundet

Liz is a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer for SharePoint and former Office Apps and Services MVP. She loves a challenge, so everything from a business problem to troubleshooting an error in a system is just another learning opportunity. As a trainer and international speaker, she hopes to inspire others to learn something they can apply to their own work immediately. When she is not working in SharePoint or traveling, you may find her in a variety of activities as diverse as she is: playing music, riding motorcycles, training her dog and even a craft or two.

You can follow Liz on twitter @percusn.

Daniel Glenn

Daniel is a Microsoft Office Apps and Services MVP with 15 years’ experience building technology solutions, intranets and extranets. As a Practice Lead for InfoWorks Inc., He helps organizations of all sizes solve complex data challenges by implementing Office 365 and SharePoint without the need of customization and costly investments. 

He is a sought-after trainer, providing customized Power BI and Microsoft Flow training for companies around the world. He’s also passionate about giving back and building the Microsoft technical community. Daniel holds leadership roles in various local user groups, serves as an organizer for SharePoint Saturday Nashville, and is a co-host for the popular REgarding 365 Message Center show on MessageCenter.Show. You can follow Daniel online at https://DanielGlenn.com and @DanielGlenn on Twitter.

Helpful Links

MessageCenter.Show

Tumble Road

Episode 77 – Interview with Arun Ulag

Thisis episode 77 recorded on November 21st, 2018 where John & Jason talk aboutsome new blogs posts from John and interview Arun Ulag, General Manager ofPower BI Engineering at Microsoft, about all things Power BI at MicrosoftIgnite on September 25th, 2018.

Show Notes

About Arun
https://www.linkedin.com/in/arun-ulag-086b576/

John’s blog posts

USE POWER BI DATAFLOWS TO WAREHOUSE SHAREPOINT LIST DATA

GET THE MOST OUT OF POWER QUERY IN POWER BI DATAFLOWS

Have a question you want answered? Drop us a note or send us a .WAV file of your question at info@bifocal.show and we will answer your question on the show in our end of year wrap up show.

Episode 76 – Power BI Desktop’s Biggest Update

This is episode 76 recorded on November 21st, 2018 where John & Jason talk about all the new stuff in the latest Power BI Desktop like the updated filtering experience & the new modeling view now in preview.

Show Notes

Reporting

Analytics

Modeling

Custom visuals

Data connectivity

John’s blog posts

Use Power BI dataflows to warehouse SharePoint list data

https://whitepages.unlimitedviz.com/2018/11/power-bi-dataflows-sharepoint-list-data/

Getthe most out of Power Query in Power BI Dataflows

https://whitepages.unlimitedviz.com/2018/11/most-power-query-power-bi-dataflows/