BIFocal Episode 9 – Dog Days

Recorded August 3rd, 2017

In this episode, John and Jason look talk about about SQL Server 2017 RC2, PowerApps, and updates to the Power BI service.

Show notes:

  • SP Fest appearance
  • Ignite – Sept 26, 2:00 PM somewhere in the Orange County convention center

Episode 8 – Back Into it

Recorded July 14, 2017

In this episode, John and Jason look specifically the July 2017 updates to Power BI in the Desktop, the service, and to the On-Premises Data Gateway. Additionally, we talk about the fact that in September, we’ll be recording in front of a live audience at the Microsoft Ignite conference in Orlando!

Topics include:

What’s in the new Power BI Desktop Client
– Table & matrix visual
– Custom visuals store

New On-Premises Data Gateway in July
– Keeps the mashup (Power Query) engine in sync with Desktop update

No changes to the new Premium licensing SKU yet for Power BI

Power BI Reporting Server licensing questions

Microsoft Workplace Analytics goes General Availability

Power BI web part is GA, but it still says”Preview” in the service. What’s up with that?

Episode 7 – Live from Johannesburg

Recorded June 13, 2017

After a long hiatus, Jason and John are back with the podcast! The format has changed, and now it’s audio-only (for the moment at least) and we’re trying to keep it down to a consumable 30 minutes.

In this re-launching episode both Jason and John were in Johannesburg for the Share conference, and took the opportunity to discuss all of the important announcements coming out of the Microsoft Data Analytics summit, which was happening half a world away in Seattle.

Topics discussed include:

– Changes to the Power BI Free and Pro SKU
– Announcement of additional tiers of Premium Pricing for Power BI
– General Availability of the Power BI Web Part for SHarePoint Online
– Changes to the Power BI Embedded platform
– Power BI Reporting Server
– Power Apps and Flow integration with Power BI

Episode 6 – Select * from Reports

Recorded August 11, 2016

Power BI has been getting a lot of attention recently, but it represents only the cloud platform of Microsoft’s BI strategy. As clearly announced last fall, the other main platform, deployed on premises, is SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS). The release of SQL Server 2016 represents a major leap forward for SSRS.

Join Jason and John as they welcome guest Riccardo Muti, from the SSRS team at Microsoft to discuss the past, present and future of this venerable BI tool.

News Items

New On Premises Data Gateway
Customizable dashboard for Power BI mobile
Data Driven alerts in the Power BI Service
Row Level Security now in the Desktop
Analyze in Excel now connects to on prem SSAS data
Power BI Dataset API improvements
PBI Embedded and Publish to web are now Generally Available
Announcing the release of the Azure Usage and Billing Portal

Tips

Use FieldValuesAsText when reporting on SharePoint data

Episode 5 – The Data Model

Recorded May 19, 2016

In this episode, we were fortunate enough to have Kasper De Jonge as our guest. Kasper is Senior Program Manager on the Analysis Services team, and has been with the tabular data model since its inception.

We covered a fair bit of ground, including topics like:
– What’s the difference between classic cubes and the new tabular model
– Why is the tabular model “everywhere” these days?
– What do the new terms mean?
– How does SharePoint and PowerPivot for SharePoint fit into the new landscape?
– Where does claims authentication fit into the picture?
– When is it, or is it not appropriate to use Power Query

And several other topics.

We invite you to check out the recording of the show for the details.

News
SQL Server 2016 Launches on June 1
Standard Edition now supports Tabular models
Power BI Storage increases to 1 GB per model
Power BI Q&A works with Enterprise Gateway data sources (tabular model only)
Working with SharePoint Lists in Power BI and OData – Marc Anderson
PBI Gateways supports UPN mapping
Drilldown has moved to the explore menu in Power BI

Tips and Tricks

Username() function in DAX only works when RLS is configured
You can’t rename fields in PBI Visuals, but you can create calculated measures and columns

Episode 4 – The Power BI Development Story

Recorded April 28, 2016

The excitement for Power BI continues to build. The driving force behind this is its ease of use, the from zero to insight speed. It’s easy to overlook the fact that Power BI also has a strong development story too. Join Jason and John as they welcome special guest Ted Pattison of Critical Path consulting to discuss the developer landscape in Power BI.

News
Analyze Power BI models in Excel now available

Row level security has arrived in Power BI

SQL Server 2016  RC3 is available

PBI Mobile App now supports SSRS Mobile reports

tyGraph is in the Power BI Desktop!!!!

Notes

Developer tools:
PBI Developers site

PBI Embedded

Tips and Tricks

Analyze in Excel – Watch out

Custom visuals gallery for Power BI

Episode 3 – Select * from On-Prem Where Version=’2016′

Recorded March 24, 2016

SharePoint 2016 is now generally available!!!

Jason and John welcome guests Kay Unkroth and Gregory Appel from Microsoft to discuss the BI changes in SharePoint 2016. Kay is a senior Product Manager responsible for BI intergration in SharePoint, and Greg is a senior PM in charge of Excel Online.

The big topic discussed is the fact that Excel Services have moved over to the Office Online Server. Our guests tackle the questions and repercussions of this, as well as many other topics including Microsoft’s renewed focus on SQL Server Reporting Services.

NEWS
SharePoint 2016 Hits the street, but Office Online Server not there yet

Microsoft Data Summit

Excel now connects to PBI Models – uses MSOLAP

Row level security coming
Sand dance visual
New KPI visual in the service. First “official” new visual since launch
PBI Integration with Sway
PBI Mobile now supports SSRS Mobile reports

Tips and Tricks
Custom visuals gallery for Power BI
John’s what you need post for BI in SharePoint