Tag: Power BI

What is Power BI?

I find it interesting that after it’s been out for a long while, and after some great attempts by non-Microsoft sources to provide an adequate definition, I am still struggling with being able to provide a succinct explanation of what Power BI is to my customers. My best attempt thus far has boiled down to

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How to Use Pictures in Your Power BI Power View Dashboards

If you used pictures in your Power View dashboards and tried to deploy these dashboards in your Power BI tenant you are likely to have seen the following warning message: “UNSUPPORTED FEATURES External pictures can’t be displayed in Power View Sheets in Office 365”. My guess it’s only a matter of time when external pictures

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HTML5 Engine for PowerView Getting More Updates

I am very excited to report that as of few days ago, the HTML5 engine for Power View has closed some major gaps with the Silverlight Power View engine. In February of this year I wrote a post comparing various Power View artifacts between Silverlight, HTML5 and Power BI Windows 8 App. At the time,

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Date Management Gateway Now Supports Refresh from Power Query

Time for another correction… A couple of months ago I wrote a post about how to load data into a Power Pivot model using Power Query. As I was writing it, I was very excited about being able to decouple my Power Pivot models from physical data by using Power Query. Unfortunately, at a time,

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April Update for Power Map Adds Audio, Clears Confusion

On April 18 Power Map got updated, although if you have a Click-to-Run installed version of Office 365 Pro, you would never know it since these updates are pushed automatically. Here is a link describing the new features, other than some cosmetic updates, ability to add audio to a tour is probably one of the

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What is the Microsoft Power BI connector for SAP?

I have been getting some questions about it recently so I decided to write a few lines in addition to what’s now available on the Power BI site. Here is a list of some key points about the tool: No middle-ware components are necessary to provide the connectivity between Excel and the Business Objects server.

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The March 2014 Release of Power Query is now available to download

Microsoft has released the latest update for my favorite Power BI tool. There are several cool albeit minor improvements to the functionality. The post at the link does a great job of describing the new changes, so I am not going to rehash them here. What I do find interesting, however, is that Microsoft is

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Power BI Data Management Gateway and OData

I just got back from the SharePoint conference and wanted to write down a few points about the Power BI Data Management Gateway before I forgot. It appears that there may be a progression in how Power Query may get used by an organization. I cannot say I am 100% clear on all the scenarios

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What is Power BI Gateway?

After I wrote the step by step guide on integrating on premise data with Power BI models I realized that I actually dispensed some bad advice. The basic premise of the post was to demonstrate how one may use Power Query to source data into a Power Pivot model in a very elegant way (at

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