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/

Episode 75 – PASS Summit News & Dataflows

Thisis episode 75 recorded on November 9th, 2018 where John & Jason talk aboutthe news coming out of PASS Summit and break down the introduction of Dataflows.

Show Notes

Power BI delivers dataflows, enterprise reporting, and major updates to Power BI Desktop

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-delivers-dataflows-enterprise-reporting-and-major-updates-to-power-bi-desktop/

  • Dataflows expand self-service data prep in Power BI
  • SQL Server Reporting Services technology now in Power BI
  • Power BI Desktop November Update
    • Will cover in detail on a future show once this drops

Introducing: Power BI data prep with dataflows

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-power-bi-data-prep-wtih-dataflows/

  • Self-service data prep for big data in Power BI 
  • Advanced Analytics and AI with Azure
  • Support for the Common Data Model
    • Getting started with self-service data prep
    • Ingesting large amounts of data with Incremental Refresh
    • Building complex ETL projects with Linked entities
  • Gaining further insights with Computed entities
    • Connecting datasets to your data

Public Preview of Paginated Reports in Power BI Premium Now Available

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/public-preview-of-paginated-reports-in-power-bi-premium-now-available

Power BI Paginated Reports also available in Power BI Mobile Apps(preview)

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-paginated-reports-also-available-in-power-bi-mobile-apps-preview

Paginated report metrics and dataflow metrics now available in Premium Capacity Metrics app

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/paginated-report-metrics-and-dataflow-metrics-now-available-in-premium-capacity-metrics-app/

Premium Capacity Metrics app – query metrics histogram now available

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/premium-capacity-metrics-app-query-metrics-histogram-now-available/

 

Episode 74 – Interview with Amir Netz

This is episode 74 recorded on September 24th, 2018 where John & Jason interview Amir Netz, Technical Fellow and Chief Architect of Microsoft BI offerings at Microsoft, about all things Power BI.

Show Notes

About Amir
https://news.microsoft.com/stories/people/amir-netz.html

Elly Gotz’s story
http://fortune.com/2018/11/01/pittsburgh-synagogue-shooting-holocaust/?fbclid=IwAR2SdrRuhIWYVRhH8-vsEmHVfhQ-VLmP7udG0wHsHHVuMpdmKkKn0NovK9s

Chris Finlan’s blog post: “Export to PowerPoint is now generally available and looking ahead at what’s coming next”
https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/export-to-powerpoint-is-now-generally-available-and-looking-ahead-at-what-s-coming-next/

Last week’s interview with Chris Finlan
https://www.bifocal.show/2018/10/30/episode-73-interview-with-chris-finlan/

Episode 73 – Interview with Chris Finlan

This is episode 73 recorded on October 22nd, 2018 where John & Jason talk to Chris Finlan, Senior Program Manager for Power BI at Microsoft, about the Power BI Report Server, Paginated Report in the cloud via Power BI, and much more.

Show Notes

Power BI Report Server release timing update

Chris Finlan on Twitter

PASS Summit (Focus Groups)

Episode 72 – October Power BI Desktop Update

This is episode 72 recorded on October 19th, 2018 where John & Jason talk to about the October release of Power BI Desktop, and a little about publish to web reports.

Show Notes

Reporting

Modeling

Analytics

Custom visuals

Data connectivity

Data preparation

Other

Dave Ruijter’s Public Reports Gallery

https://link.bifocal.show/ruijter

Power BI Report Server release timing update

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-report-server-release-timing-update/

September Desktop Episode

https://bifocal.show/2018/09/18/power-bi-desktop-ignite-session-picks/

Episode 71 – Interview with Amanda Cofsky

This is episode 71 recorded on September 26th, 2018 where John & Jason talk about some new & exciting stuff they are each working on & interview Amanda Cofsky, Program Manager for Power BI, at Microsoft Ignite about what is coming to Power BI Desktop like Copy & Paste visuals between PBIX files.

Show Notes:


Video Interview

Microsoft Power BI Desktop: Data exploration, analysis and storytelling – Amanda Cofsky, Will Thompson