Author Archives: Business Intelligist

Power BI Now Supports Refresh for Designer-built Datasets

Refresh has been a bit of an issue with Power BI. The “old” version of Power BI bundled with Office 365 supports refreshing Power Pivot models against a lot of different data source types using the Power BI Gateway. The “new” version at until recently only supported refresh of Power Pivot models and only against Azure and a few

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Power BI Designer Now Connects to Google Analytics… Power Query Doesn’t

I am sure it is only a matter of days (hours ?) before Power Query is updated with the Google Analytics connector as well, but I find it very interesting that new Power Query features are now first released in Power BI Designer. I had speculated earlier that Microsoft would/should focus on Designer as the primary means for innovation delivery

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Microsoft Announces IT Pro and Developer Preview for Office 2016

New BI features include the following: Power Query is integrated into the Ribbon Three new Excel functions have been added to support forecasting Support for Slicer multi select using touch Time grouping for model based pivot tables Power View against multidimensional cubes Improved automatic relationship detection Ability to rename Power pivot measures and columns in Power Pivot window and see

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What Is Power BI Designer And Why You Should Start Playing With It Right Now


Although Microsoft has not yet given us an official roadmap for its Power BI offering, I believe it is not beyond the realm of reason to share some educated and uneducated guesses about where the Power BI Designer might fit in. Philosophically speaking, I have heard two opinions about Microsoft creating a standalone tool that combined all Power BI aspects:

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