Episode 82 – 2018 Power BI Wrap Up

This is episode 82 recorded on December 18th, 2018 where John & Jason talk about the highlights of 2018 in the Power BI space & make some predictions for 2019.

Show Notes

Favorite features list:

Show/Hide pages (Jan)
Desktop in the Windows store (Feb)
Slicer sync (Feb)
Persistent filters (March)
Report page tooltips (March)
Bookmarking (March)
Action/Bookmark buttons (April)
Q&A Explorer (April)
Incremental Refresh (May)
New “From Web” Connector (May)
Composite models (July)
SharePoint Roadmap – July
New workspace experience (August)
Monitoring app for Premium (August)
Printing (August)
Aggregations (September)
New Power BI Home (September)
M Intellisense (September)
DAX Editor (October)
Dataflows (November)
New modelling view (November)
Paginated reports (November)
Copy/Paste between Desktop Files (Nov)
Smart guides (Dec)
External Dataflows (December)

Ep 80 – December 2018 Power BI Desktop Update

This is episode 80 recorded on December 17th, 2018 where John & Jason talk about last update to Power BI Desktop in 2018 including features like Smart guides for aligning objects on a page & the preview of Live connect support for Q&A.

Show Notes

Reporting

Analytics

Modeling

Custom visuals

Data connectivity

Data preparation

Other

Useful links

November 2018 Power BI Desktop Update

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/

 

Episode 73 – Interview with Chris Finlan

This is episode 73 recorded on October 22nd, 2018 where John & Jason talk to Chris Finlan, Senior Program Manager for Power BI at Microsoft, about the Power BI Report Server, Paginated Report in the cloud via Power BI, and much more.

Show Notes

Power BI Report Server release timing update

Chris Finlan on Twitter

PASS Summit (Focus Groups)

Episode 72 – October Power BI Desktop Update

This is episode 72 recorded on October 19th, 2018 where John & Jason talk to about the October release of Power BI Desktop, and a little about publish to web reports.

Show Notes

Reporting

Modeling

Analytics

Custom visuals

Data connectivity

Data preparation

Other

Dave Ruijter’s Public Reports Gallery

https://link.bifocal.show/ruijter

Power BI Report Server release timing update

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-report-server-release-timing-update/

September Desktop Episode

https://bifocal.show/2018/09/18/power-bi-desktop-ignite-session-picks/

Episode 66 – Power BI Desktop Update & Ignite Session picks

This is episode 66 recorded on September 14th, 2018 where John & Jason talk to about the September release of Power BI Desktop and make picks for Microsoft Ignite 2018.

Show Notes:

Power BI Desktop – September 2018
https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-september-2018-feature-summary/ 

Here’s the complete list of September updates:

Reporting

Analytics

Custom visuals

Data connectivity

Data preparation

Stuff to watch

Unlock petabyte-scale datasets in Azure with aggregations in Power BI
Scott Hanselman & Christian Wade
https://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Azure-Friday/Unlock-petabyte-scale-datasets-in-Azure-with-aggregations-in-Power-BI

Ignite Sessions to highlight

GS007 – Microsoft PowerApps, Power BI, and Flow: Power platform vision and roadmap
Arun Ulagaratchagan,  Charles Lamanna,  Keith Whatling,  Richard Riley
https://myignite.techcommunity.microsoft.com/sessions/66664

BRK3107 – Microsoft Power BI Premium: Building enterprise-grade BI models for big data
Christian Wade,  Josh Caplan
https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/65442

BRK3108 – Microsoft Power BI: Enabling and governing self-service analytics
Adam Saxton,  Lukasz Pawloski
https://myignite.techcommunity.microsoft.com/sessions/65444

BRK2218 – Microsoft Power BI Desktop: Data exploration, analysis and storytelling
Amanda Cofsky,  Will Thompson
https://myignite.techcommunity.microsoft.com/sessions/65435

BRK2099 – Upgrade your social communities to knowledge-based communities
Dean Swann,  John White
https://myignite.techcommunity.microsoft.com/sessions/65625

Episode 61 – App Workspaces and Content Packs with Lukasz Pawlowski

This is episode 61 recorded on August 9th, 2018 where John & Jason talk to Lukasz Pawlowski, Senior Program Manager on the Power BI team at Microsoft, and mention highlights from the August Power BI Desktop release.

This is episode 61 recorded on August 9th, 2018 where John & Jason talk to Lukasz Pawlowski, Senior Program Manager on the Power BI team about the coming changes to Content Packs and App Workspaces, and mention highlights from the August Power BI Desktop release.

Content Packs and Group connected Power BI workspaces have been with us since the launch of the new Power BI in 2015. Both of these features are about to go some significant changes. Lukasz Pawlowski is the program manager for both features, and he joins us to explain what they are and why they are happening, among other things.

In addition, we also have a quick look at the August 2018 release of Power BI Desktop.

Show Notes:

Enable you team with new workspace experiences (preview) 

Power BI Desktop August 2018 Feature Summary

Episode 60 – SharePoint Business Intelligence – The End of an Era

This is episode 60 recorded on August 7th, 2018 where John & Jason talk about a new initiative for Power BI Beginners & the deprecation and removal of BI Features in SharePoint 2019.

Show Notes:

Business Intelligence in SharePoint 2019

What’s deprecated or removed from SharePoint Server 2019 Public Preview

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

Upcoming webinar – Building a KPI Scorecard with Custom Visuals in Power BI with Reid Havens