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Comparing Power Automate Desktop and Power Automate

Posted by Andy Brown on 22 June 2022

It's a tad confusing having two software applications from Microsoft with such similar names, particularly when they do such different things! This blog tries to clear up the confusion.

Our new Power Automate courses

Posted by Andy Brown on 22 June 2022

This blog will be updated in the next few days.

Tags:   Power Automate | General

Ideas for future Power BI / Tableau comparisons

Posted by Andy Brown on 20 June 2022

Following last month's high-level comparison between Power BI and Tableau, what aspect of these two popular BI software tools would you like us to focus on next?

Tags:   Power BI | General

Changes and new features for our Power Apps course

Posted by Andy Brown on 20 June 2022

Much has changed in the 2 years since we first launched our Power Apps course - this blog is intended to give previous course delegates a chance to catch up on anything you might have missed!

Tags:   Power Apps | General

Changes in the June 2022 Update of Power BI

Posted by Andy Brown on 20 June 2022

This month sees a smattering of new features, including nicer-looking tables, a new data hub and story-telling in PowerPoint.

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

A high-level comparison between Power BI and Tableau

Posted by Andy Brown on 07 June 2022

Power BI and Tableau are the two leading BI tools, but how do they compare? We've teamed up with Steve Adams of Viz DJ to find out!

Tags:   Power BI | General

Changes for the May 2022 Power BI Desktop update

Posted by Andy Brown on 30 May 2022

Small improvements this month, but welcome ones - particularly the ability to zoom in and out, and to select data points in (some) charts using a selection rectangle.

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

Extracting external links from websites using Power BI

Posted by Andy Brown on 20 April 2022

Did you know that you could use Power BI as a tool to scrape websites, using the Html.Table M function? We didn't either until now!

Tags:   Power BI | Query editor

Power BI Desktop Update - April 2022

Posted by Andy Brown on 20 April 2022

A small update this month, with the main change being the addition of a few formatting options for matrices and chart legends.

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

The March 2022 Power BI Desktop Update

Posted by Andy Brown on 30 March 2022

There are no significant new features announced in March's Power BI Desktop update, although error bars for line charts are now in preview.

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

Two different schedules of planned updates to Power BI

Posted by Andy Brown on 30 March 2022

It can be hard to track down that elusive animal, the Power BI Updates schedule, but we've found two hidden in the Internet undergrowth

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

Announcing Bravo, a new add-in for Power BI

Posted by Andy Brown on 30 March 2022

Marco Russo of sqlbi.com is a (the?) expert in Power BI, so any new tool announced by him has to be worth consideration. Bravo is a new Power BI add-in which lets you analyse your data models, format your DAX, automate the creation of date tables and export data model tables to Excel.

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

Running a Python script within Power Automate Desktop

Posted by Andy Brown on 29 March 2022

How can you pass a value from Power Automate Desktop to a Python script, and then get the results back? This blog explains how.

Tags:   Python | General    |    Power Automate Desktop | Scripting

5 best and 5 worst things about Power Automate Desktop

Posted by Andy Brown on 29 March 2022

To help understand what software can do, it can be useful to look at its strengths and weaknesses - which is what this blog aims to do for Power Automate Desktop!

Copying/pasting Power Automate Desktop flows between users

Posted by Andy Brown on 29 March 2022

If you have a Power Automate Premium account you can share flows there, but otherwise this blog shows you how you can copy and paste flows between different users.

Updates to Power BI Desktop - February 2022

Posted by Andy Brown on 25 February 2022

The February update enables the big new formatting pane in Power BI by default, as well as introducing changes to mobile view and multi-row cards.

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

A Wordle version of Power BI

Posted by Andy Brown on 28 January 2022

Can you play Wordle in Power BI? Of course you can! This blog explains how you can get Power BI to do something which it is eminently unsuited to do!

Tags:   Power BI | General

Our advanced Power BI course has split into two!

Posted by Andy Brown on 20 January 2022

We have launched two new courses: a two-day Advanced Power BI (Reports) course for report authors, and a two-day advanced Power BI (Data) course for data modellers.

Tags:   Power BI | General

Using the CalendarAuto function effectively in Power BI

Posted by Andy Brown on 24 November 2021

This blog shows how to generate a table which includes not only all of the dates in your data model, but also a range of aggregator columns such as financial year and month name for reporting purposes.

Power BI November 2021 Update

Posted by Andy Brown on 23 November 2021

This month's update is a biggie, with the introduction of a page navigator and a bookmark navigator, but it's the new formatting pane waiting in preview which will really changes people's lives.

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 ... !