A summary of new features introduced in the August 2019 Power BI update
Part three of a six-part series of blogs

This was a month of few updates. Our favourite by far is that you can now group visuals, but the Key Influencers visual has also emerged from the preview shadows.

  1. New changes for the August 2019 Power BI update
  2. Grouping visuals
  3. The new Key Influencers visual (this blog)
  4. You can now choose from conditional icon sets
  5. Updating old reports to the new filter pane
  6. Features waiting in preview as of August 2019

For a cumulative list of all of the updates to Power BI Desktop in the last few years see this blog, or have a look at the Power BI courses that we run.

Posted by Andy Brown on 19 August 2019

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The new Key Influencers visual

It's been lurking in preview for a while, but now the new Key Influencers visual has finally emerged blinking into the world:

Key Influencers visual

The shiny new Key Influencers visual.

 

So let's suppose I change the following pie chart into a key influencers visual:

The initial pie chart

Initially the pie chart shows total quantity sold by region.

Here's what you get initially:

Initial visual

I would argue the visual has got cause and effect the wrong way round: the region affects the quantity, rather than the other way round.

You can use the drop-list provided to choose a different region to discuss:

Key influencer drop list

This drop list isn't a slicer; instead, it's built into the visual.

 

There are many more features of this visual, but it's finicky to work with and won't actually tell you anything which you couldn't work out yourself.  Personally I think AI is a long way away from being able to make sense of any given dataset, and think this should have been released as a custom visual.  I'm aware not everyone will agree!

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