There has been a variety of updates and blog posts in the past week, so here are my BI updates.
Power BI – Service March Update
There were quite a few service updates for March within the Power BI Service.
The first was the granular controls which was a very welcome feature. And I know that something that a lot of companies have been asking for. (As well as where I am currently consulting)
Another great new feature was the capability to view related content. This gives the user the ability to see how their content is related, as well as to quickly go into additional items from the view related content.
There was also an improvement for the troubleshooting for DAX queries, which helps with the diagnosis of errors or issues.
Then there was the custom scheduled cache refresh which is really handy in terms of how to handle this for DirectQuery sources.
As well as the ability for Amazon Redshift, and finally the move of the Custom Visuals into the Office Store.
You can find the blog post here: Power BI Service March Feature Summary
Power BI – New Navigation Experience
I have enabled the preview features on Power BI for quite some time, and I have to say with each iteration it has gotten easier and better. The new navigation experience is awesome. And makes interacting with Power BI in the service a lot easier. This is especially true when you start to have multiple workspaces, compounded with multiple dashboards, reports, workbooks and datasets.
This new navigation experience makes it a lot simpler to use and navigate.
You can find the blog post details here: Get ready for the new Power BI navigation experience
Power BI – Desktop Terms & Definitions
There is a really insightful blog post by Sam Lester from Microsoft where he goes into the terms and definitions when using Power BI Desktop.
If someone new is starting out in Power BI and using the Power BI Desktop this is a great place to start.
You can find Sam’s blog post here: Power BI Desktop – Terms and Definitions
Power BI – Whitepapers
There is now a central location for all the related whitepapers for Power BI.
This will be really handy because it will be easy to reference this for customers and clients going forward.
As well as I enjoy reading and learning from released whitepapers, so this means that I now have a central location for some great reading material.
Here is the link to where you can find the whitepapers: Whitepapers for Power BI
Every year I have been working in the Business Intelligence space I have been participating in the BARC BI Survey, and due to being a participant I get a copy of the results once completed. I find this invaluable to see what is happening in the BI space.
If you are interested please follow the link to complete the survey: BARC BI SURVEY 2017
Excel – Get & Transform Updates for April 2017
It is great to see the changes and updates that are made to Power BI filter down into the Excel Get & Transform.
In the April update they have included the following updates:
- Support for the same file extensions in Text and CSV connectors.
- ODBC and OLE DB connectors—support for Select Related Tables
- Enhanced Folder connector—support for Combine Binaries from the Data Preview dialog
- New Change Type Using Locale option in Column Type drop-down menu inside Query Editor
- New Insert Step After option in the Steps pane inside Query Editor
You can read up about it here: April 2017 updates for Get & Transform in Excel 2016 and the Power Query add-in