SAP HANA Connector – HANA view design to improve performance

As we know SAP HANA Connector is used to connect to SAP analytical and calc views. Sometimes HANA view might get complex and deep - it might have numerous joins, aggregations and the join might be between two fact tables (e.g. a join between Inventory and Sales tables). View might end up looking something like … Continue reading SAP HANA Connector – HANA view design to improve performance

How to Fix Azure Databricks Refresh Issue in PowerBI.com

The full credit for this goes to the Guy in the Cube for his video where Adam talks about how to fix direct query to Azure Databricks models deployed to PowerBI.com . Unfortunately, this issue also affects import models as well. If you have an import model from Azure Databricks and you try to set … Continue reading How to Fix Azure Databricks Refresh Issue in PowerBI.com

SAP HANA Connector – Effects of creating measures in Direct Query mode

As we know SAP HANA Connector can be used in both Direct Query and Import mode. When using Direct Query mode, we do get the option to create measures in Power BI. Not all DAX functions are supported. Aggregations like SUM, MIN, MAX, COUNT, DISTINCTCOUNT are the only ones supported. We need to be careful … Continue reading SAP HANA Connector – Effects of creating measures in Direct Query mode

How to make Azure Databricks work with Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 and Power BI

  This post is a beginning to a series of articles about building analytical capabilities in Azure using data lake, Databricks and Power BI. On the surface, those technologies seem like they were specifically designed to complement each other as they provide a set of foundational capabilities necessary to develop scalable and cost-effective business intelligence … Continue reading How to make Azure Databricks work with Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 and Power BI

SAP HANA Connector – Multidimensional or Relational mode

SAP HANA connector in Power BI is available in two modes - Multidimensional and Relational. Let's look at the Pros and Cons of both these modes. Pros of Multidimensional Mode: Performance is good. Can connect to multiple data sources in Import mode. Parent child hierarchy is supported. SSL is supported. Cons of Multidimensional Mode: Composite … Continue reading SAP HANA Connector – Multidimensional or Relational mode

Improving authoring experience for SAP Direct Query reports

The experience while authoring reports using direct query for SAP data source is sometimes not optimal. Every click sends a query to the data source and we have to wait for the visuals to refresh.... Here is how I work around this issue. It's not ideal but makes authoring experience a little better. From the … Continue reading Improving authoring experience for SAP Direct Query reports

Working with Workdays in Power BI – Translating Workdays into Dates

EDIT: an updated version of this article with a video can be found here: https://businessintelligist.com/?p=2580 Power BI has a robust set of functions to write date-based calculations. One of the areas that has proven to be a challenge is related to doing math on working days instead of normal dates. \ Here is a simple … Continue reading Working with Workdays in Power BI – Translating Workdays into Dates