Power BI Reporting on a Multi-value SharePoint Column

Hey all – John here. One of the things that we get asked frequently is how to report on SharePoint data. The answer is of course, “well, it’s easy, but it depends”.

In the spirit of clearing up the “it depends” part, I’m in the process of writing a series of articles that walks through the nuances of the various SharePoint complex data types. The first one shows some options for reporting on multi-value SharePoint columns, and includes tricks that pertain to more sources than just SharePoint.

You can find the post here. Enjoy!

Episode 30 – New Years News

This is episode 30 recorded in January 1st 2018… where John & Jason talk about the news from the past few weeks in Power BI, Office 365, and Azure.

Show Notes:

On-premises data gateway December update

-includes a number of bug fixes and improvements to previously released features
-matches the Mashup Engine that was released as a part of the Power BI Desktop December update

Sync members from O365 Modern group to a mail-enabled security group

-This is one of the issues that we run into because Power BI is NOT a part of Office 365
-The solution that Adam shows is a viable, one time solution but does not solve the longer term issue
-This can be scripted to run daily, but it is duplicating groups at that point which will ultimately cause problems
-We love Adam Saxton & Patrick LeBlank and recommend people subscribe to the YouTube Channel GuyInACube
-We don’t actually recommend you do this…

The Reddit Solution Template

-Point solution for Reddit
-Similar solutions exist for Twitter, Facebook, & Bing News
-What are Solution Templates anyway?
-Who is this for? Social Media Managers… that use Reddit
Server aliases for Azure Analysis Services

-Aliasing is always a good idea
-migration situations
-easier to remember
-obfuscates actual server information
-allows the use of Azure Traffic Manager
-Users can connect to the server from Power BI Desktop (in addition to other client tools) using the link:// format

Azure Analysis Services integration with Azure Diagnostic Logs

-Various scenarios are supported, including the following:
-Monitoring of server health
-Derivation of usage metrics
-Understanding which user groups are using which datasets and when
-Detection of long-running or problematic queries
-Detection of users experiencing errors
-Consume diagnostic logs in Power BI
-give you a text file that contains an M expression, which can be pasted into a blank query in Power BI Desktop
-The expression contains the current Log Analytics query and consumes from the Log Analytics REST API

Episode 21 – Miguel Llopis, PM for On-Prem Data Gateway and Power Query

This is episode 21 recorded at Microsoft Ignite on September 26th, 2017. This is the last of our Ignite interviews. We had the privilege of sitting down at length with Miguel Llopis, Senior Microsoft Program Manager responsible for Power Query, the On-Premises Data Gateway, and much more.

Miguel has been with Power BI since before there was a Power BI. Listen in – there’s a lot here!

Episode 20 – Ignite recap and Office 365 Reporting with the tyGraph Team

This is episode 20 recorded on October 3rd, 2017 where John & Jason talk to John’s colleagues, Ed Senez & Dean Swann from tyGraph to debrief on Microsoft Ignite from a real world Business Intelligence perspective. We discuss tyGraph, which allows organizations to take Office 365 reporting to a whole new level, and finally about their new podcast, tyGraph Moneyball, which focuses in on the why of using reporting and analytics.

Show Notes:


tyGraph YouTube channel

tyGraph Moneyball podcast

Dean’s Ignite session – “Mining Yammer Data for Gold with Power BI”

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


Episode 16 – Live from Ignite with Sirui Sun

This is episode 16 recorded on September 13th, 2017 where John & Jason interview Sirui Sun, Program Manager on the Power BI team live at Ignite 2017, and talked at length about licensing.

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

Show Notes:

Power BI Premium

Power BI Embedded capacity-based SKUs coming to Azure

Understanding the Power BI Capacity Based SKUs

Install and use apps in Power BI

Episode 15 – Microsoft Ignite 2017 Bonus Episode

Treb Gatte joins us to talk about Microsoft Ignite 2017
Treb Gatte, MBA, MCTS, Business Solutions MVP

This is episode 15 recorded on September 13th, 2017 where John & Jason talk about the September 2017 updates to Power BI Desktop, interview Treb Gatte, and share our session picks for Microsoft Ignite 2017.

Show Notes:

Treb Gatte

Tumble Road – Power BI Training and Services

Microsoft Ignite 2017 Picks

In anticipation of Microsoft Ignite 2017, we all decided to pick a few sessions from Ignite. To avail it being overwhelming, we each took a category. Given the length, out picks are divided into three different blog posts, links below.

Jason’s Picks

John’s Picks

Treb’s Picks