BI-NSIGHT – Data Insights Summit (Watch online for Free) – Power BI (Service Update, Mobile App Update, ClickDimensions Content Pack) – Excel 2016 (Power Pivot Update) – SharePoint 2016 (RTM Released)
There has been quite a bit of activity this week, but just enough so that it was not hectic to try and keep up with all the updates.
Data Insights Summit – Watch Online Free
Just a quick note that you can watch the Data Insights summit online for free, of selected sessions.
I have no doubt that the keynote will be where there will be a whole host of updates and great information.
Here is the link to the article: Data Insights Summit—free online Excel and Power BI sessions
Power BI – Monthly Service Update
There are some really great functional updates in the Power BI Monthly service update.
With the updates in the dashboards it makes it easier to print from Full screen mode, change the width and also to enable or disable the Tile Flow. As per the picture above, is that what your required output is.
It is also great to see that they are always looking to improve the Q&A by adding trend lines, putting in the gauge and area charts. And finally improving the auto-complete which will help the users answer the questions that they are trying to ask. Which I feel in turn means that they can get their answers quicker and easier.
You can read about it here: Power BI Service March Update
Power BI – Mobile App Update
There have been a few updates to the Power BI Mobile app recently for all the mobile platforms.
Having the new report gallery for iPhone and Windows 10 makes it that much easier to find your reports.
A feature that I really like is the offline capability as often you might not have an internet connection, but at least that means due to the reports auto refreshing and the caching you have the ability to still be able to view your data and reports.
The updates to the special tiles is also great to see, as I am sure that the adoption of Power BI on the mobile platform means that this updates make people use their mobile devices even more often.
My final piece that I want to touch on is the ability to view the reports on all mobile platforms. As often the dashboard gives you some great insight into what is happening, but you need some more detail. Or the ability to drill down on your mobile device, and now you can do this and see the underlying report and interact with it. Which often makes the understanding of the dashboard item, and potentially gives you the ability to action something.
Power BI – ClickDimensions Content Pack
This week there is yet another content pack, and on this occasion it is ClickDimensions which is email marketing and marketing automation for Microsoft Dynamics CRM
This is a great way to interact with your data and see how successful your email marketing campaigns where.
You can find out about the content pack here: Explore your ClickDimensions data with Power BI
Excel 2016 – Power Pivot Update
It is great to see that once again Power Pivot in Excel 2016 is getting some attention.
I think that it is great to be able to save the diagram view as a picture as often that is a really easy way to visually show the mapping of your tables, and ideally if it has been built with best practice in mind, showing the star schema.
Also the enhanced edit relationship makes it a lot easier and quicker to create relationships.
You can find details here: New feature updates for Power Pivot in Excel 2016
SharePoint 2016 – RTM
It seems in my mind that the release of SharePoint 2016 has not got the publicity that I imagined or thought that it would receive.
But it is great to see that it has been finally released and I have no doubt that soon I will see some blog posts about the new capabilities.
You can read about the release here: SharePoint 2016 RTM and the Future of SharePoint event