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The April 2019 update to Power BI has many good features, as this blog explains

Posted by Andy Brown on 18 April 2019

The April 2019 update to Power BI introduces a new concept: the ability to make the value of a property dynamic. Other welcome new changes include M Intellisense, data profiling in query editor and cross-report drill-down.

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

A new acronym for the order of SQL keywords

Posted by Andy Brown on 29 March 2019

Someone has finally won our competition to think of a better acronym for the order of keywords in SQL, we're pleased to announce.

Tags:   SQL | Selecting data

The March 2019 update of Power BI allows you to create multiple table layouts

Posted by Andy Brown on 21 March 2019

In addition to all of the wonderful new features in the March 2019 Power BI update that I blogged about yesterday, you can also create multiple database relationship diagrams (or layouts).

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

Read about the many new features introduced in the March 2019 update

Posted by Andy Brown on 20 March 2019

This is the biggest single update for some time, introducing the new modelling view, tooltip styling, single-select slicers and much more besides.

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

Changes to Power BI in the January and February 2019 updates

Posted by Andy Brown on 15 February 2019

There wasn't an official January update, although there were improvements announced to Power BI Service. This blog lists these, and also new features to wrap titles in visuals, apply rounded corners and change the default way in which visuals interact with each other.

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

Creating reports in Power BI with dynamic measures or dynamic dimensions

Posted by Andy Brown on 03 January 2019

This blog shows how to create fully dynamic reports, whereby users can choose which statistics to show and which dimensions to report them by.

Tags:   Power BI | General

A summary of changes in the Power BI December 2018 update

Posted by Andy Brown on 13 December 2018

This is a small update, but a very welcome one! You can now (finally) zoom in the DAX editing window, and also use smart guides to align visuals. There are also other minor cosmetic and keyboard updates.

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

Showing the top N values of a dimension, where you can use a slicer to vary N

Posted by Andy Brown on 06 December 2018

Following a question from a Power BI course, this blog shows how you can get a page to show the top N customers by sales value, where N is a number controlled by a slicer.

Tags:   Power BI | Measures / DAX

New features in the November 2018 update of Power BI Desktop

Posted by Andy Brown on 26 November 2018

A big new update this month, including expandable row headings in matrices, copying and pasting between visuals and conditional formatting of charts (although it's what's waiting in preview which will really blow your mind).

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

Some useful links for finding topoJSON files to be used in Power BI shape maps

Posted by Andy Brown on 23 October 2018

If you're lucky (?) enough to live in the United States, you won't have a problem with shape map files; if you live in the UK, you may find these links useful!

Tags:   Power BI | Maps

A summary of the new features in the October 2018 update of Power BI Desktop

Posted by Andy Brown on 19 October 2018

Not an earth-shaking update, but lots of nice new features nonetheless to make your life easier, including a better DAX editor, the ability to search for text when filtering a visual and a clever new connector which guesses what you want to import from a website.

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

A summary of the new features introduced in the September 2018 Power BI update

Posted by Andy Brown on 21 September 2018

The September update of Power BI finally breathes life into report page tooltips, which have been in limbo for a while. You can also copy data from Power BI reports by right-clicking, use some keyboard short-cuts for visual design, apply built-in themes, set fixed-width padding by column example and show categories on the X axis of scatter charts.

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

A way to get 32-bit and 64-bit drivers to co-exist on the same computer

Posted by Andy Brown on 21 September 2018

A (very) short blog containing a link to an article showing how you can import data from Access using SSAS or SSIS on a 64-bit computer

Tags:   SSIS | General SSIS

A run-through the new features in the August update of Power BI Desktop

Posted by Andy Brown on 14 August 2018

This is a bigger update than most, largely because it includes two major new features emerging from preview (report themes and desktop Q&A), but it's the export to PDF feature which really catches the eye.

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

A summary of the new features in the July 2018 update to Power BI Desktop

Posted by Andy Brown on 25 July 2018

This month sees features allowing you to change the appearance of the icons at the top right of each visual, and also to change the appearance of the wallpaper surrounding a report, but otherwise all of the enhancements are fairly minor.

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

Five methods for creating partitions of SSAS Tabular tables programmatically

Posted by Andy Brown on 23 July 2018

Need to generate a partition for a fact table for each year, product or region? This blog gives five approaches, so that you can choose which method is for you.

Using partitions/processing to load a large fact table into a tabular data model

Posted by Andy Brown on 23 July 2018

This blog shows how you can load the empty structure of a large fact table into an Analysis Services tabular data model, then use partitions to bring in the data bit by bit.

Some ideas for company days out!

Posted by Andy Brown on 18 June 2018

Go-karting, axe-throwing, escape rooms and ninja training - some of the ideas from this blog suggesting company days out in Manchester.

Tags:   Musings | Random musings

A summary of recent blogs that we've written on bookmarks in Power BI Desktop

Posted by Andy Brown on 18 June 2018

We've created a few blogs giving some ideas for how to use the new Power BI bookmarks features (including dynamic charts and enabling pagination). This blog brings the links together onto a single page.

Changes in the June 2018 Update of Power BI Desktop

Posted by Andy Brown on 09 June 2018

There are hardly any changes in this update - the only significant one is that you now sort and filter data within Power BI Desktop itself, rather than having to go into Query Editor.

Tags:   Power BI | Updates
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