Episode 107 – Power BI News and MVP Renewals

This is episode 107 recorded on July 2nd, 2019 where John & Jason talk about MVP Renewals, the World Cup, and a whole bunch of Power BI News including the New Viewer Role for Power BI workspaces, the June dataflows updates, and a new version of Power BI Report Builder.

Show Notes

Power BI Dataflows June 2019 Feature Summary

Announcing the New Viewer Role for Power BI Workspaces

Introducing dataflow templates; A quick and efficient way to build your sales leaderboard and get visibility over your sales pipeline

Avoiding workspace loops by expanding navigation properties in the GetGroupsAsAdmin API

Power BI Paginated Reports June 2019 Feature Update Summary

Announcing support for non-Premium Power BI datasets in Power BI Paginated Report Builder

User Voice Picks

Jason

Power BI Desktop: Option to use either light or dark interface

New Desktop app update installed an almost white user interface. There is zero contrast which is not good for the eyes. I see where some people have requested a light interface so incorporate an option to select either light or dark theme like in the Office apps.

https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/37882726-option-to-use-either-light-or-dark-interface

John:

Visibilty (Hide an Item)

Develop an item formatting property which allows to set the visibility of a report item when you want to conditionally hide the item based on a report parameter or some other expression that you specify (also DAX expressions).

You can develop this incrementally starting from visuals, then text boxes, then shapes and buttons….

If you want to go the extra mile, you can also develop a functionality that allows the final user to toggle the visibility of report items.

For more information and since it was an available and really useful capability see “Add an Expand or Collapse Action to an Item (Report Builder and SSRS)”.

I double checked in the ideas database and there are many ideas describing the same functionality; this is the reason why I do believe this is really required and will try to collect all the previous votes under

https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/36697297-visibilty-hide-an-item

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 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 77 – Interview with Arun Ulag

Thisis episode 77 recorded on November 21st, 2018 where John & Jason talk aboutsome new blogs posts from John and interview Arun Ulag, General Manager ofPower BI Engineering at Microsoft, about all things Power BI at MicrosoftIgnite on September 25th, 2018.

Show Notes

About Arun
https://www.linkedin.com/in/arun-ulag-086b576/

John’s blog posts

USE POWER BI DATAFLOWS TO WAREHOUSE SHAREPOINT LIST DATA

GET THE MOST OUT OF POWER QUERY IN POWER BI DATAFLOWS

Have a question you want answered? Drop us a note or send us a .WAV file of your question at info@bifocal.show and we will answer your question on the show in our end of year wrap up show.

Episode 76 – Power BI Desktop’s Biggest Update

This is episode 76 recorded on November 21st, 2018 where John & Jason talk about all the new stuff in the latest Power BI Desktop like the updated filtering experience & the new modeling view now in preview.

Show Notes

Reporting

Analytics

Modeling

Custom visuals

Data connectivity

John’s blog posts

Use Power BI dataflows to warehouse SharePoint list data

https://whitepages.unlimitedviz.com/2018/11/power-bi-dataflows-sharepoint-list-data/

Getthe most out of Power Query in Power BI Dataflows

https://whitepages.unlimitedviz.com/2018/11/most-power-query-power-bi-dataflows/

Episode 75 – PASS Summit News & Dataflows

Thisis episode 75 recorded on November 9th, 2018 where John & Jason talk aboutthe news coming out of PASS Summit and break down the introduction of Dataflows.

Show Notes

Power BI delivers dataflows, enterprise reporting, and major updates to Power BI Desktop

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-delivers-dataflows-enterprise-reporting-and-major-updates-to-power-bi-desktop/

  • Dataflows expand self-service data prep in Power BI
  • SQL Server Reporting Services technology now in Power BI
  • Power BI Desktop November Update
    • Will cover in detail on a future show once this drops

Introducing: Power BI data prep with dataflows

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-power-bi-data-prep-wtih-dataflows/

  • Self-service data prep for big data in Power BI 
  • Advanced Analytics and AI with Azure
  • Support for the Common Data Model
    • Getting started with self-service data prep
    • Ingesting large amounts of data with Incremental Refresh
    • Building complex ETL projects with Linked entities
  • Gaining further insights with Computed entities
    • Connecting datasets to your data

Public Preview of Paginated Reports in Power BI Premium Now Available

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/public-preview-of-paginated-reports-in-power-bi-premium-now-available

Power BI Paginated Reports also available in Power BI Mobile Apps(preview)

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-paginated-reports-also-available-in-power-bi-mobile-apps-preview

Paginated report metrics and dataflow metrics now available in Premium Capacity Metrics app

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/paginated-report-metrics-and-dataflow-metrics-now-available-in-premium-capacity-metrics-app/

Premium Capacity Metrics app – query metrics histogram now available

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/premium-capacity-metrics-app-query-metrics-histogram-now-available/