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

 

Episode 56 – Developer & Gateway news and MVP Renewals

This is episode 56 recorded on July 12th 2018 where John & Jason talk about Microsoft Research Open Data, Developer & Gateway news, Power BI Desktop vs Service, and MVP renewals.

Notes:

Jason & John got renewed as Office Servers & Services MVP! John is now a double MVP in Data Platform for Power BI. Then Microsoft changed the categories again and they are Office Apps & Services MVPs now… either way, we are BACK!

MSR Open Data

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/blog/announcing-microsoft-research-open-data-datasets-by-microsoft-research-now-available-in-the-cloud/

Power BI Desktop vs Power BI Service

https://www.mssqltips.com/sqlservertip/4139/compare-power-bi-desktop-vs-power-bi-online/

Power BI Developer community June update

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-developer-community-june-update/

On-premises data gateway June update is now available

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

Power BI Workspace Collections is being deprecated – was supposed to happen June 30… get out now!!!! Get on Power BI Embedded

End of Microsoft Fiscal, 4th of July, O’Canada Day, and the looming Business Application Summit all lead to slow news time.

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/

Episode 52 – Power BI Desktop June update

This is episode 52 recorded on June 7th 2018… where John & Jason talk about the new Power BI Desktop update & the role of Power BI Desktop.

Power BI Desktop June Update

Reporting

Custom Visuals

Modeling

Data Connectivity

Other

 

Previous Power BI Desktop Update – May

Episode 48 – Power BI Desktop May Updates

This is episode 48 recorded on May 8th 2018… where John & Jason talk about Guy in a Cube’s new video, and walk through the new features of the May 2018 Power BI Desktop which includes the much anticipated incremental refresh.

Guy in a Cube CDSA – Common Data Service for Analytics (CDS-A) and Power BI – an Introduction
https://youtu.be/1vQ0HLNZ06A

Excel Gets custom visuals “soon”
https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/excel-announces-new-data-visualization-capabilities-with-power-bi-custom-visuals/

New PBI Desktop for May
https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-may-2018-feature-summary/

Reporting
• Conditional formatting by a different field
• Advanced slicer syncing
• Log axis improvements
• Data label options for funnel chart
• Set line stroke width to zero

Analytics
• Measure drillthrough

Power BI Premium
• Incremental refresh (preview)

Custom visuals
• Collage by CloudScope
• Chinese Color Map

Data connectivity
• New “From Web” connector – By example data extraction (preview)
• Common Data Service for Apps connector (beta)
• Azure KustoDB connector (beta)
• Google BigQuery and Azure HDInsight Spark connectors now generally available
• Adobe Analytics connector update – Support for multiple domain logins (preview)
• Visual Studio Team Services connector update – Analytics views support
• OLE DB connector update – Support for alternate Windows credentials
• SAP BW DirectQuery connector update – Improved technical name support

Data preparation
• Improvements to Add Column From Examples

Episode 31 – Power BI Desktop January Update

This is episode 31 recorded on January 9th 2018… where John & Jason talk about the January features updates to Power BI Desktop, some things they noticed in the Desktop client, and some User Voice submissions.

 Reporting

Show and hide pages
Control data label background color for Cartesian and maps visuals
Increase area used for axis labels in charts
Bar/column padding control
Show dates as a hierarchy (preview)
Add an anchor date for relative date slicer
Top N selection in Q&A

Analytics

Correlation coefficient quick measure

Custom Visuals

PowerApps
TreeViz
Funnel with Source by MAQ Software
Box and Whisker chart by MAQ Software
Agility Planning Matrix Light
Image Grid
Gantt Chart by MAQ Software

Data connectivity

Support for Azure Active Directory authentication for Azure SQL Database & Data Warehouse connectors

Other

Advanced language settings for the Windows store app

Power BI Desktop things of note

-Help tab
-Windows Store download was behind the blog post

Previous Month’s Power BI Desktop update episode

Upcoming events

SharePointalooza\North American Collaboration Summit
March 2-3, 2018
SharePointFest DC
March 26-30, 2018
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 User Voice submissions

https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/32871283-notification-after-updates-have-been-installed

https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/32871919-display-the-desktop-version

Episode 28 – December’s SQL Server & Power BI Desktop updates

This is episode 28 recorded on December 14th, 2017… where John & Jason talk about the new SQL Server Management Studio 17.4, a new open source SQL Server CLI, a change to Power BI Premium, and the December updates to Power BI Desktop.

iTunes ratings contest

We are actively trying to get our visibility up for the show and one way to accomplish that is through having ratings on iTunes. To that end, we are asking out listeners to take a moment and rate us on iTunes. Once we hit 10 reviews, hopefully before our Feburary 6th show, we are going to raffle off a $50 Amazon gift card to one of the people who rated us. You will need iTunes to be able to do it, but you can find our page here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bifocal-clarifying-business-intelligence/id1266308225 

News

Upcoming events

  • Power BI Summit in Dublin – April 24-28 2018
    • Presented by PUG and Dynamic Communities

Related episodes:

Episode 24 – November’s Power BI Desktop update & more
Episode 15 – Microsoft Ignite 2017 Bonus Episode

Episode 27 – A chat with Paul Schaeflein on Power BI & Microsoft Teams

This is episode 27 recorded on December 6th, 2017 from SharePointFest Chicago… where John & Jason talk to Paul Schaeflein about helping people transform applications using Microsoft Teams, authentication stuff using Azure B2B & Paul quizzes us on how people should be using Power BI.

Paul Schaeflein is a solution architect/developer with more than three decades experience in architecting, designing and developing software solutions. This experience covers a vast range of technologies, languages and industries. Paul is an independent consultant, helping organizations of all sizes with their application development, ALM and SharePoint/Office 365 projects. Paul is a top-rated speaker, having presented at SharePoint Evolutions, the Microsoft SharePoint Conference and TechEd conferences, as well as user groups. In recognition of these community efforts, he is recognized as a Most Valuable Professional (MVP). Paul has a blog at http://www.schaeflein.net/blog, and is active on Twitter as @paulschaeflein. You can also reach him at paul@schaeflein.net.

Find out more about Paul at https://www.schaeflein.net/speaker-biography/

Helpful links:

The webinar for B2B (and Flow): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIImcUZyP7U

SharePoint Conference NA: https://www.sharepointna.com use discount code SCHAEFLEIN

Power BI Report Server episode with Chris Finlan

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