Episode 29 – 2018 Predictions from the Community

This is episode 29 recorded in December 2017… where John & Jason talk to community members about their 2018 predictions & make a few themselves.

A special thank you to Dan Holme for supporting us in this reimaging of his Penton series of Predictions. This was always a fun series of predictions to read, and we hope that you find this episode entertaining to listen to.

Thanks to everyone who contributed a prediction for 2018. Follow them on Twitter and check out their blogs below:

Andy Huneycutt – 5:15


Brian Alderman – 7:16


Christina Wheeler – 7:38


Marc D Anderson – 8:20


Chris McNulty – 9:45


Dean Swann –  10:46


Joanne Klein – 11:40


Jeremy Thake – 12:28


Susan Hanley –  12:57


Mark Rackley – 13:10


Mike Fitzmaurice – 13:48


Andrew Connell – 14:48


Vlad Catrinescu – 15:48


David Broussard –  16:02


Richard Campbell – 17:10



We wish everyone a happy holiday season and a Happy 2018!


Episode 28 – December’s SQL Server & Power BI Desktop updates

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 


Upcoming events

  • Power BI Summit in Dublin – April 24-28 2018
    • Presented by PUG and Dynamic Communities

Related episodes:

Episode 24 – November’s Power BI Desktop update & more
Episode 15 – Microsoft Ignite 2017 Bonus Episode

Episode 24 – November’s Power BI Desktop update & more

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

  • Rule based conditional formatting in tables
  • Cell alignment for tables
  • Visual ordering in the selection pane (z-order)
  • Lock report objects !!!!!!!
  • ESRI Plus subscription available….
  • Report options for slow data sources in Direct Query (good, but….)
  • New visuals – Image timeline, Social graph, Venn diagram, HTML viewer

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

Query editing

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


Episode 23 – Interview with Dave Feldman

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
    • Teradata
    • SAP HANA

Additional data sources will be added:

EOY 2017

    • Impala
    • Oracle
    • SAP BW

H1 2018

    • Spark
    • And others…

Interview notes:
“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/
Hyperfish: https://www.hyperfish.com/
tyGraph: https://www.tygraph.com/

Episode 22 – Power BI Report Server release news

This is episode 22 recorded on November 2nd, 2017… where John & Jason talk to about the brand new release of Power BI Report Server, PowerApps custom visuals, & Power BI Licensing.

Show Notes:

Power BI Report Server new version


PowerApps Custom Visual

PowerApp on a report, not just a tile

PowerApp visual can be filtered

Another post about licensing


PBI Report Theme Generators

Online – https://powerbi.tips/tools/report-theme-generator-v3/

Excel Based – https://hopeinternational.box.com/s/gd57sn7djq0bs6p2miut62extxdgucwn

Office them to PBI theme converter – https://1drv.ms/u/s!AkRyAgtzGndznMl3VKm1K8YJp0wsHQ

“Everything you wanted to know” Workshops

John speaking at ESPC

  • https://www.sharepointeurope.com/events/everything-wanted-know-power-bi-afraid-ask/

SPFest Chicago (use code WHITE for a discount)

  • http://www.sharepointfest.com/Chicago/index.php/sessions/workshops

SPFest DC (use code WHITE for a discount)

  • http://www.sharepointfest.com/DC/index.php/sessions/46-workshops/monday-workshops/148-ws-107-everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-power-bi-but-were-afraid-to-ask

SharePoint Conference North America (use code JASEHIMM for a discount)< /p>

  • http://www.sharepointna.com

Episode 18 – Office 365 Reporting with Anne & Shilpi

John White & Jason Himmelstein talk about Office 365 Reporting with Anne Michels & Shlipi SinhaThis is episode 18 recorded at Microsoft Ignite on September 27th, 2017… where John & Jason talk to Anne Michels & Shilpi Sinha from the Office 365 Product Team about Office 365 Reporting.

Show Notes:

Anne’s Ignite News post:


Office 365 Adoption Content Pack –> 22 reports

2 new usage reporting for Microsoft Teams released at Ignite

The Office 365 Adoption Content Pack in Power BI to go GA at the beginning of 2018 and will be rebranded to Office 365 Usage Analytics

Reports Reader Role

Available as of Sept 27th

Graph Reporting APIs go GA

Preview post: https://blogs.office.com/en-us/2017/03/31/whats-new-in-office-365-administration-public-preview-of-microsoft-graph-reporting-apis/

Other topics:

SharePoint & OneDrive Admin Center updates

To get early access to the preview version of the new SharePoint admin center, please register at https://aka.ms/joinAdminPreview

Office 365 Usage Analytics will be GDPR compliant

Where to find info about Office 365 Reporting information online:

Office 365 Message Center: https://portal.office.com/adminportal/home#/MessageCenter

Tech Community: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Office-365-Blog/bg-p/Office365Blog

Office 365 Roadmap: https://www.office365.com/roadmap

Support Center: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Activity-Reports-in-the-Office-365-admin-center-0d6dfb17-8582-4172-a9a9-aed798150263

Anne & Shilpi’s Ignite sessions

BRK2039: Understand how your users are using Office 365: Introducing Advanced usage reporting tools

Via MyIgnite: https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/53327

YoutTube: Understand how your users are using Office 365: Introducing Advanced usage reporting tools

BRK2011: Understand how your users are using Office 365: What’s new in usage reporting

Via MyIgnite: https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/53258

YoutTube: Understand how your users are using Office 365: What’s new in usage reporting – BRK2011

BRK1009: Manage Office 365 more effectively: What’s new in Office 365 administration

Via MyIgnite: https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/53331

YouTube: Manage Office 365 more effectively: What’s new in Office 365 administration – BRK1009

Episode 17 – Live from Ignite with Chris Finlan

This is episode 17 recorded on September 26th, 2017 where John & Jason interview Chris Finlan, Program Manager on the SQL Server Reporting Services/Power BI Reporting Server team live at Ignite 2017, and talked at length about the announcements made at Ignite 2017, and about on-premises BI in general.

This interview was streamed live on Facebook, and can be seen below.

Show Notes:

August 2017 Preview of Power BI Report Server

SQL Server Reporting Services 2017

Report Viewer Web Part for SSRS Native Mode