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  • Back to the basic: #dax primers for new #powerbi users

    The growing adoption of Power BI Desktop is gathering new users of the DAX language. At the same time, there are a few new features, such as bidirectional filter propagation, that introduce new concepts to existing knowledge. For this reason, in the last weeks we published two articles describing important basic concepts and clarifying the ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on September 7, 2015
  • Power BI Desktop & Excel

    The August 2015 update of Power BI Desktop added two important features for existing Excel and Analysis Services users:Import Excel Power BI artifacts (Data Model, Queries, Power View) into a new Power BI Desktop fileLive Analysis Services Connections: Ability to change the database from Edit Queries dialogIn case you didn't try it before, ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on August 31, 2015
  • SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview from a BI point of view

    SharePoint Online and Power BI have a lot of attention and focus lately, but what about the on-premises version of SharePoint that’s used in almost all serious BI solutions today? Well SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview has just been released by Microsoft, by many stated as the last on-premises version of SharePoint ever. In this blog post I will ...
    Posted to Jorg Klein (Weblog) by jorg on August 28, 2015
  • DAX Formatter now supports Power BI Desktop and Excel 2016 #dax #powerbi

    If you use DAX, you should try DAX Formatter. Now it supports all the new functions introduced in Power BI Desktop and in Excel 2016. There are more than 70 new functions, even if half of them corresponds to Excel functions with the same name (see the second group). DAX Formatter also supports the variable syntax available in the new DAX. These ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on August 18, 2015
  • The new Power BI Desktop is here #powerbi #dax

    After months of public preview, Microsoft today is releasing the Power BI service to general availability. The preview was really a beta that evolved in these months, and I personally liked the approach that MS developers have now. I did not read the “it’s by design” answer to the many comments and suggestions provided in support forums and ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on July 24, 2015
  • Power BI Desktop is coming

    Microsoft is going to release the new Power BI service on Friday, July 24th. The number of new features is huge, but remember that this is just the beginning of a new wave of continuous updates, similarly to what we have seen for Power Query in the last months, just at a larger scale. I will cover in this blog some more details about the impact ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on July 20, 2015
  • BI on your terms with SQL Server 2016

    The last few years Microsoft's strategy was all about cloud first (or cloud only?), releasing new BI products and updates to existing products to the cloud in high pace without almost any investments in on-premises BI. In 2015 Microsoft seems to change its course, they now aim more on the enabling of hybrid scenarios, investing a lot in both ...
    Posted to Jorg Klein (Weblog) by jorg on May 22, 2015
  • Create API for Power BI Designer #powerbi

    In the last months, I’ve been trying to suggest a direction for Power BI, but I start to realize that in these days Microsoft is really prioritizing features based on customer feedback. This can make things harder for a new idea to be prioritized, because nobody ask for something completely new. A few days ago, Jamie Thompson asked support for ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on March 31, 2015
  • Analysing SQLBlog using Power Query

    In December 2011 I wrote a blog post entitled Querying RSS feed subscriber count on Google Reader using Data Explorer‏ in which I used a product called Data Explorer, that was in beta at the time, to find out how many people subscribed on Google Reader to various bloggers on http://sqlblog.com. Here were the results: It was a nice demo of ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on March 25, 2015
  • Power BI Analysis Services Connector Security

    The Power BI Analysis Services Connector can be used to connect from the Power BI service to your on premises tabular Analysis Services models. In this blogpost I will look into the security and authentication possibilities that the SSAS Connector offers. Dynamic row-level security based on the Power BI user name to an on premises SSAS Tabular ...
    Posted to Jorg Klein (Weblog) by jorg on March 19, 2015
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