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How to monitor stock levels from forecast sales using DAX measures in Power BI

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 06 November 2018

Given your current stock levels and forecast sales, it should be possible to report on future stock depletion in Power BI. This two-part blog shows you how to just that!

Tags:   Power BI | Measures / DAX

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 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 DAX formatter to tidy up your code

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 30 July 2018

Use this handy web based formatter to turn shameful code into neat DAX!

Tags:   Power BI | Measures / DAX

Debugging (sort of) in DAX

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 30 July 2018

Learn to use DAX variables, and understand how they can be used to break up code. Not true debugging, but better than nothing!

Tags:   Power BI | Measures / DAX

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

How to show current drilldown filters in Power BI Desktop

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 20 July 2018

Some technique to remind users what levels they chose while using drilldown.

Stop automatic grouping in Power BI Desktop

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 20 July 2018

Read this blog to understand the risk of Power BI's automatic grouping of data, and to learn how to avoid getting caught out!

Tags:   Power BI | Visualisations

Disappearing data labels in Power BI Desktop

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 20 July 2018

Ever had a data label vanish for no apparent reason? This blog gives two of the most common reasons why this might happen.

Tags:   Power BI | Visualisations

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.

Using the CROSS FILTER function in Power BI Desktop

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 13 June 2018

Learn about the perils of changing the cross filter direction to "Both", then discover why the CROSS FILTER function is better!

Tags:   Power BI | Measures / DAX

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

More suggestions for how to use bookmarks

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 09 June 2018

Another set of examples showing ways in which to use the weird and wonderful bookmarks feature in Power BI Desktop

Splitting long tables of data into different pages (pagination)

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 01 June 2018

This blog shows how you can split rows in tables into different pages, making the data easier to read.

Tags:   Power BI | Visualisations

How to create dynamic report titles in Power BI Desktop

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 01 June 2018

How you can combine the use of measures and cards to create dynamic report headers in Power BI Desktop.

Tags:   Power BI | Measures / DAX

Weighted and numeric distribution in Power BI Desktop

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 18 May 2018

Learn to use the SUMMARIZE and CALCULATE functions to produce numeric and weighted distributions.

Tags:   Power BI | Measures / DAX

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

Posted by Andy Brown on 14 May 2018

New features introduced into Power BI Desktop in this update include conditional formatting by different fields, the inclusion of filters in drill-through and minor improvements to line and funnel charts.

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

What is new in the April 2018 Power BI Desktop update

Posted by Andy Brown on 07 April 2018

This month's update allows users to add customisable buttons to a report, incorporates a numeric slicer and includes a few other smaller changes.

Tags:   Power BI | Updates
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23 Jun 18 at 07:59

Hi Andy,

I'm a little confused about Power BI.  Looking at your videos, it seems Power BI is a collective term for PowerPivot, Power Query, Power Map, etc.

However, googling Power BI, I see this, where the video shows a completely independent tool aimed at creating dashboards and reports, so can you please clarify what is Power BI?  Thanks.

23 Jun 18 at 16:14

Microsoft haven't helped with their naming convention!  They keep changing what Power BI refers to.  Here's where we're at now ...

Power BI is a standalone desktop product, previously known as Power BI Desktop.  You can use these to create reports, and publish them to the web.

PowerPivot runs within Excel, and allows you to link different data sources together to create a data model, and use this as a basis for pivot tables.  PowerPivot used to be one of the Microsoft Power BI tools, but they seem to have quietly dropped this title.

So when Microsoft refer to Power BI, they now refer to creating reports in the standalone Power BI application, perhaps using Power BI Pro, and publishing these to the Internet.  

Hope that's clear ... !