Episode 55 – The Power of the Cloud

This is episode 55 recorded on June 28th 2018 where John & Jason talk about a few recent bugs and service interruptions, the recent Power of the Cloud conference, PowerApps, Flow, and some recent improvements to the usability of the On Premises Data Gateway

 

Show Notes

Organizational Account Authentication has stopped working for Microsoft Graph in Power BI
https://community.powerbi.com/t5/Issues/Error-getting-OData-from-Microsoft-Graph-Access-to-the-resource/

Easier configuration of Gateway data sets in the Power BI service:
https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/easier-set-up-of-datasets-in-power-bi/

Power of the Cloud show –
http://powerofthecloud.net

IWMentor PowerApps training
https://www.iwmentor.com/courses/powerapps-introduction

Coming events

Business Applications Summit 7/22-7/24 – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/businessapplicationssummit

SPSNYC 7/28 – http://www.spsevents.org/city/nyc

SPFest Seattle 8/20-8/24 – https://sharepointfest.com/Seattle/

SPTechCon 8/26-8/29 – http://www.sptechcon.com/

Microsoft Ignite 9/24-9/28 – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/ignite

European SharePoint Conference 11/26-11/29 – https://www.sharepointeurope.com/

Thrive Conference  Dec 4-5 2018 – http://www.thriveconf.com

Episode 44 – Power BI Desktop, Gateway, & Developer updates for April 2018

This is episode 44 recorded on April 9th 2018… where John & Jason talk about the Developer Update & the Gateway Update for March and the Power BI Desktop update for April.

Power BI Desktop – April Update

Power BI team blog article

Reporting

Analytics

YAML

Custom visuals

Data connectivity

 

John & Jason’s upcoming events

SharePoint Conference North America
May 21-23, 2018
Use discount code WHITE for $50 off
European Collaboration Summit in Mainz, Germany
May 28-30, 2018

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:
-Auditing
-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 26 – OnPrem Data Gateway & Power BI Developers news

This is episode 26 recorded on December 6th, 2017 from SharePointFest Chicago… where John & Jason talk about the latest updates to the OnPrem Data Gateway, the technical reference implementation for enterprise BI and reporting, and the latest news for Power BI Developers.

News

Technical reference implementation for enterprise BI and reporting
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/technical-reference-implementation-for-enterprise-bi-and-reporting/

On-premises data gateway November update is now available
https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/on-premises-data-gateway-november-update-is-now-available/

  •     The public preview of the long-awaited High Availability support.
  •     The “Additional Logging” setting of the gateway will now include the Mashup engine traces.
  •     The gateway will now automatically fall back to communicating through Azure Service Bus using HTTPS if direct TCP fails.
  •     The gateway now includes the November version of the Mashup engine.

Power BI Developer community November update
https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-developer-community-november-update/

Azure Resource Manager API

  • Scale up/ down
  • Pause/ start resource
  • Create/ Delete resource
  • Get capacity information
  • Update capacity
  • Get capacity list in a resource group/ subscription

….they will add support for ARM PowerShell soon

Cloud Service Provider purchase channel now available

Visual Options menu and Context menu extension

Injecting custom actions into the options & context menus

Preload API for a better loading experience

Update connection string
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt814715.aspx

RLS support on AS Azure for pre-defined roles

API 1.9 is now available, adding the ability to open the default browser and navigate to a URL
https://github.com/Microsoft/PowerBI-visuals-tools/blob/master/Changelog.md

How to clone workspaces using the API
https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/duplicate-workspaces-using-the-power-bi-rest-apis-a-step-by-step-tutorial/

Microsoft’s best practices for building custom visuals in Power BI
https://community.powerbi.com/t5/Custom-Visuals-Community-Blog/Security-Developer-Guideline/ba-p/217566

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

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-november-2017-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:

Reporting

Analytics

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 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 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:

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Office-365-Blog/What-s-new-in-Office-365-Usage-Reporting-Ignite-Edition/ba-p/109157

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

Jason’s Session Picks for Microsoft Ignite 2017

The Orange County Convention Center

During Episode 15 of the podcast Jason made his session picks for Microsoft Ignite 2017. Here are his picks:

Office 365, SharePoint, & OneDrive:

Accelerate your digital transformation with SharePoint and OneDrive

https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/53867

Dan Holme, Jeff Teper, Omar Shahine

Session Code: BRK2184

Learn how new and upcoming SharePoint and OneDrive innovations empower people and organizations to share with confidence, transform business processes, engage employees, and harness collective knowledge from anywhere, on virtually any device. During this must-see session, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Jeff Teper, Office, SharePoint and OneDrive, shares the latest innovations and roadmap for content management and collaboration as well as how customers are creating more connected workplaces leveraging Office 365, Windows, and Microsoft Azure.

Support data residency in global organizations with multi-geo support for SharePoint and OneDrive

https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/53873

Sesha Mani, Bill Baer

Session Code: BRK3236

One of the key strengths of SharePoint and Microsoft OneDrive are their inherent resilience and ubiquity: a well planned architecture ensures your data resides in multiple locations, providing resilience and the ability to serve data to partners, customers, and employees wherever they happen to be. In this session we introduce new multi-geo capabilities that allow you to meet your data sovereignty needs and ensure compliance with residency requirements.

 

Learn from MVPs: Panel discussion on all things SharePoint and OneDrive

https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/53843

Alistair Pugin, Spencer Harbar, Laura Rogers, Wictor Wilen

Session Code: BRK2247

SharePoint MVPs talk about Microsoft SharePoint and OneDrive across the board, be it within Office 365, in Microsoft Azure, on-premises and certainly hybrid. Via a panel Q&A format, these MVP experts expose how online and hybrid improvements increase both deployment scenarios and value. This session is designed to help ITIs and ITDMs find the right cloud formula to deploy based on practical business and technical considerations. This is a must-not-miss session for any IT pro!

Azure:

Datacenter transformation – a roadmap for platforms, processes, and people

https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/55827

Jeffrey Snover

Session Code: BRK3378

Cloud adoption opens a new opportunity for IT pros to play a strategic role in the future of the business by ensuring hybrid cloud assets are secure and well managed. To effectively manage cloud born assets, it’s key to understand how application architectures are evolving through innovations in the cloud platform. Get some advice for how IT practitioners can not only stay relevant, but thrive today while getting ahead of a rapidly changing ecosystem. Join Jeffrey Snover, Technical Fellow, to understand how you can innovate and drive business results faster using Microsoft Azure.

Azure Compute: New features and roadmap

https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/54926

Corey Sanders

Session Code: BRK3085

A can’t-miss DEMO HEAVY session for everyone working with or considering their strategy for the cloud! We take a look at some of the newest features and upcoming capabilities in the Azure Compute platform. We show some new sizes, new experiences, and new integration technology available during Microsoft Ignite or coming soon across VMs, Azure Service Fabric, Azure Container Service, Azure Functions, and more.

Azure security and management for hybrid environments

https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/54789

Jeremy Winter

Session Code: BRK2405

As organizations continue their digital transformation to the cloud, they are faced with the need to secure and manage resources across hybrid environment. Join this session to learn how Azure security and management services help you address these challenges without any secondary tools, and increase agility for your business. Jeremy Winter, Partner Director in Azure Security and Operations Management, will share the new and upcoming technologies to secure and manage your workloads wherever they are.

Identity:

What’s new in Azure Active Directory Domain Services

https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/55292

Mahesh Unnikrishnan

Session Code: BRK3295

Azure AD Domain Services enables you to effectively administer your Azure virtual machines by joining them to a fully managed Active Directory domain in Microsoft Azure. You do not have to worry about deploying, managing, patching, or monitoring domain controllers and can focus on running your workloads in Azure. Users can sign in using their Active Directory credentials and can access resources seamlessly. Azure AD Domain Services provides Group Policy, an easy, familiar way to apply and enforce security baselines on all of your Azure virtual machines. See what’s new in Azure AD Domain Services and explore how you can leverage this service to secure your Azure virtual machines.

Modernize your customer identity management with Azure Active Directory B2C

https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/53340

Saeed Akhter

Session Code: BRK2276

Getting your customers to seamlessly sign-up or sign-in to an application is paramount to its success. Achieving this at scale while following constantly evolving security practices is hard. Come and learn about Azure AD B2C, an enterprise-grade customer identity and access management service, and how it allows you to easily secure your consumer-facing (or citizen-facing) web and mobile applications. No matter where your users live, reach them with customizable user experiences that allow your users to sign-up/sign-in with social accounts such as Facebook or Google, or new accounts in the application.

Understanding hybrid identity, authentication, and authorization with Microsoft Azure Stack

https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/53276

Shriram Natarajan

Session Code: BRK4011

Join us for a discussion on hybrid identity and learn how apps can authenticate consistently with Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack. We cover APIs and methods to connect to an Azure instance regardless of whose datacenter it is running on!

Bonus pick:

PowerShell Unplugged with Jeffrey Snover and Don Jones

https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/54867

Jeffrey Snover, Don Jones

Session Code: BRK3128

Join Jeffrey Snover, the inventor of PowerShell, and Don Jones for their annual PowerShell update. During this talk, you will learn about the latest and coolest PowerShell features to help you automate and manage the hybrid cloud. The focus of this year’s talk is on the PowerShell community, and how it is embracing open-source and transformative change and producing awesome tools.

John’s Session Picks for MS Ignite 2017

BI In General

Self-service BI and enterprise reporting on-premises with Power BI Report Server

https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/53403

Chris Finlan

Session code: BRK2156

 

Love Power BI but need an on-premises solution today? Meet Microsoft Power BI Report Server—self-service analytics and enterprise reporting all in one on-premises solution. Design beautiful, interactive reports in Power BI Desktop, publish them to Power BI Report Server, and view and interact with them in your web browser or the Power BI app on your phone. And, since Power BI Report Server includes the proven enterprise reporting capabilities of SQL Server Reporting Services, it can even run your existing Reporting Services reports. Join us for an overview of Power BI Report Server and demos of its features in action.

 

BI in the age of artificial intelligence

https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/56556

Kamal Hathi, Rafa De Los Santos

Session code: GS08

 

Equip your organization today for the future of data analytics. See how users of Microsoft Power BI, for example, can experience their data in a natural way by simply asking questions and getting answers with stunning interactive visuals. Engineering General Manager Kamal Hathi will give you an inside look at how customers across multiple industries use advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and a new class of business intelligence (BI) experiences to help people in their organization easily understand data and find insights.

 

Creating enterprise grade BI models with Azure Analysis Services

https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/55738

Christian Wade

Session code: BRK3360

 

Microsoft Analysis Services enables you to build comprehensive, enterprise-scale analytic solutions that deliver actionable insights through familiar data visualization tools such as Microsoft Power BI and Microsoft Excel. Analysis Services enables consistent data across reports and users of Power BI. This session covers new features such as improved Power BI Desktop feature integration, Power Query connectivity, and techniques for modeling and data loading which enable the best reporting experiences. Various modeling enhancements are included, such as Detail Rows allowing users to easily see transactional records; and deployment and application-lifecycle management (ALM) features to bridge the gap between self-service and corporate BI.

 

Hybrid BI

Keeping your on-premises data up to date with the on-premises data gateway

https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/53571

Miguel Llopis, Robert Bruckner

Session code: BRK3118

 

The session covers the on-premises gateways, how you can keep your data fresh by connecting to your on-premises data sources without the need to move the data. Query large datasets and benefit from your existing investments. The gateways provide the flexibility you need to meet individual needs, and the needs of your organization.

 

Enterprise BI deployments and governance with the Microsoft Power BI service

https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/53387

Sirui Sun, Nikhil Gaekwad

Session code: BRK3112

 

Whether you’re planning an enterprise-wide reporting deployment or providing structure to self-service BI activities within teams, Power BI has you covered. Learn about tools for developing, publishing, and managing your BI assets. We cover the data gateway, managing report lifecycle, publishing options, administration and governance controls, and end-user capabilities across devices and platforms.

 

Bridge the cloud divide with hybrid business intelligence in SharePoint 2016 & Microsoft Office 365

https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/55155

John White, Jason Himmelstein

Session code: BRK3250

 

On premises or in the cloud, rich data visualizations are essential to most business processes and decisions. But frequently, key data may live on premises, although tools like Microsoft Power BI provide a cloud-based surface to view dashboards and reports. Join us for an overview of how to extend on-premises data to the cloud and how to integrate cloud-based visualizations into Microsoft SharePoint on premises.

Honorable Mentions

Unlock the power of your data by integrating analytics into your line-of-business apps

Lukasz Pawlowski and Miguel Llopis

https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/53503

Session code: BRK3152

 

Business users need data in their applications. Learn how Microsoft Power BI makes it easy to integrate world-class analytics into your packaged applications, line-of-business applications, and internal or external portals. See how quickly and deeply you can integrate Microsoft Power BI into your application workflows and unlock your data by seemlessly plugging into Power BI using the Power Query SDK