Episode 103 – The Road to MBAS

This is episode 103 recorded on June 7th, 2019 where John & Jason talk about the Microsoft Community, plans for the Microsoft Business Applications Summit, a few bits of news, and some recent helpful blog posts from John.

Show Notes

Microsoft Business Applications Summit

Connect to Power BI dataflows and datasets using Power BI Desktop with multiple accounts

Connecting Power BI workspaces and SharePoint sites

User Voice Picks

John:

Make OneDrive a default Get Data connector

Please add a OneDrive data source option in Power BI.

It is incredibly frustrating that Power BI does not come with a OneDrive for Business option baked in and is especially strange since OneDrive belongs to Microsoft. It seems like this would have been present in the application from Day 1.

Having to manually locate a file outside of Power BI, identify the correct URL for the file in a OneDrive account, and then having to plug that in to Power BI is unnecessarily convoluted and is particularly difficult for new Power BI users to manage.

Jason:

Prompt the User Before Creating a Hierarchy When Fields are Dragged Onto Each Other

How many times have you dragged a field onto another field by mistake and have it create a hierarchy?

It happens quite often. Usually I am trying to drag the field to the Visualization pane but fail to hold the mouse button. And lo and behold it creates a hierarchy. (Which I then have to delete. But sometimes I do not even notice that I accidentally created a hierarchy).

It would be nice if a prompt came up, asking if we want to create a Hierarchy

https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/36626470-prompt-the-user-before-creating-a-hierarchy-when-f

Episode 102 -Live from the European Collaboration Summit

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This is episode 102 recorded at European Collaboration Summit in Wiesbaden, Germany on May 29th, 2019 where John & Jason talk about latest Power BI news.

Show Notes

Creating complex real-time dashboards with Power BI

Episode 101 – May 2019 Power BI Desktop Update

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This is episode 101 recorded on May 23rd, 2019 where John & Jason talk about latest update to Power BI Desktop

Show Notes

Reporting

Analytics

Modeling

Visualizations

Data connectivity

Other

Episode 99 – Interview with Abram Jackson and Tyler Lenig from the Microsoft Graph Data Connect Team

This is episode 99 where John & Jason talk to Abram Jackson & Tyler Lenig, Program Managers from the Graph Data Connect Team,  about the release of Microsoft  Graph Data Connect & how it can be used with Power BI.

Show Notes

Microsoft Graph Data Connect Overview

Using Microsoft Graph Data Connect with PowerBI dataflows

We are now on Spotify!

BIFocal Facebook page hits 200 likes

Dataflows vs Data Flows

User Voice Picks

John – Time Zone Conversion Accounting for Daylight Savings Time

We need a way to display data in our local timezone accounting for daylight savings time. The data source stores the dates in UTC but we need reports to show local time. A native and easy way to do this in PowerBI would be a huge help. There are many blog posts and help articles floating around with solutions people have attempted but it’s a simple issue that so many users would benefit from having solved centrally by PowerBI itself. Please consider!

Jason – Paginated reports – please make it available in Pro as well as Premium

Paginated reports – please make it available in Pro as well as Premium .. thank you

Episode 97 – Interview with Matthew Roche

This is episode 97 recorded on March 21st, 2019 where John & Jason talk to the SQL All Father himself, Matthew Roche, Senior Program Manager on the Power BI CAT team, about Dataflows, sword play, and much more.

Show Notes

Matthew’s blog – BI Polar

Matthew on Twitter – SQLAllFather

Power BI Dataflows Go Live

Academy of European Medieval Martial Arts

Deadliest Art: A documentary on Historical European Martial Arts

User Voice Picks

John – Allow fonts to be customized

Jason – One single schedule task for sequential refresh of both Dataflows + Dataset

Episode 96 – April 2019 Power BI Desktop Update

This is episode 96 recorded on April 15th, 2019 where John & Jason talk about latest update to Power BI Desktop the including features like Drillthrough across reports, Filter pane improvements, & Dataflows connector now being generally available, plus a breakdown of some other news AND User Voice Picks!

News

Privacy Levels for Cloud Data Sources

Paginated Reports now supported in Apps in Power BI

Governance settings for Power BI cache refreshes from Azure Analysis Services

Desktop Drop

Reporting

Analytics

Modeling

Visualizations

Data connectivity

Data preparation

Other

User Voice Picks

John

Power BI Desktop should use the currently logged in account credentials for dataflow connections

When connecting to a dataflow in Power BI Desktop, the connection is cached like all other connections. Each connection persists the relevant tokens for their sources. However, when persisting a SQL connection, each database is cached separately, so different credentials can be used with different databases.

However, dataflows will only store the last connection to a dataflow, which makes connecting to dataflows in multiple tenants an arduous process of changing the data connect options.

Also confusing is the fact that the account switcher control is unrelated to the dataflow credentials, leading to situations where publish shows one set of workspaces, but the dataflow connector shows another.

Having the account switcher credentials tied to the dataflow connection credentials would solve both of these problems.

Jason

Display the Desktop version

It would be very useful to see what version of the Desktop is being run shown on the splash screen and somewhere in the client, not just under the About tab. With the ability to run side-by-side versions of Power BI Desktop to support work with the Service & PBIRS it is important to know which version of Power BI Desktop you are working in.

Episode 95 – Holy Power BI News Batman!

This is episode 95 recorded on April 8th, 2019 where John & Jason talk about all of the news just from last week that the Power BI team announced.


Show Notes

  1. Power BI open-platform connectivity with XMLA endpoints public preview
  2. Enhancing presentation mode with slideshow in Windows Power BI app – minor
  3. Announcing Power BI dataflows general availability
  4. Azure Analysis Services now supported and what’s coming next with Paginated Reports in Power BI
    1. AAS now supported
    2. Paginated Reports using Power BI data sets
    3. New Feature Friday
  5. Power BI Paginated Report Builder Now Available
  6. Workspace V2 is GA
  7. Creating Machine Learning models in Power BI

User Voice Picks of the Week

Jason – Power BI Desktop version release notification

As Power BI Desktop version is getting released every month from Microsoft Power BI, our customer would like to give the latest version of Power BI desktop to users as quick as the version get released. So it would more helpful l if we get email alert notification when the new Power BI Desktop version get released.

Vote!

Episode 94 – Interview with Aviv Ezrachi

This is episode 94 recorded on March 19th, 2019 where John & Jason talk to Aviv Ezrachi, Principle Program Manager for Power BI, about his role with the Power BI Service and his vision for Power BI Development.

User Voice Picks of the week

Jason: Published date

Every report and dashboard pages should have a column for Date Published, modified and by who just like in Windows

Vote!

John: Move Measures Between Tables in New Modelling View

The new Modelling View was delivered in Nov 2018 and is fabulous. There is already a button to select all measures in a table – great. I would like to then move all the selected measures to another table, either by drag and drop or by selecting the home table in the properties list (just like you can do for formatting).

Vote!

Episode 93 – Interview with Kim Manis

This is episode 93 recorded on March 18th, 2019 where John & Jason talk to Kim Manis, Principal Group Product Manager for Power BI, about her role on the Power BI Team and her vision for Power BI Desktop.

User Voice Picks of the Week

Hyperlink in Visuals

You should be able to insert a hyperlink field into a visual so when a user selects on the visual, it can take them to the desired page.

Vote!

Export current theme as a Json file

We have a wonderful option – switch theme to import theme as a JSON file.It would be great to have an export option to export current theme as a JSON file from a report.

Vote!

Episode 92 – March 2019 Power BI Desktop Update

This is episode 92 recorded on March 15th, 2019 where John & Jason talk about latest update to Power BI Desktop the including features like Single select slicer, filter pane improvements, and some accessibility improvements.

Show Notes:

Reporting

Analytics

Modelling

Custom visuals

Data connectivity