Mapping in Power BI Desktop for the “Disconnected”: What options do you have?

Map Examples in Power BI for the disconnected Mapping in Power BI and Power BI Desktop is one of the features that gets you the “WOW!” response. Sometimes it really is nothing more than providing some great visual context to well-known data, but I find that when folks get to see a map and then…

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SSRS Tech Preview with Power BI displayed in the browser

I’m a little late catching up on a great development in the Power BI/SSRS story, but this month a new Tech Preview was released which allows you to display your Power BI files in the browser: Getting started with the Technical Preview of Power BI reports in SQL Server Reporting Services As you’ll see from…

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November Power BI Update resolves FIPS issue

In October I reported, along with others (https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/samlester/2016/10/25/power-bi-fails-with-windows-platform-fips-validated-cryptographic-algorithms-error-due-to-fips-algorithm-policy/) an issue with the FIPS configuration and Power BI. I’m pleased to say that my recent testing of this on the November update showed that the issue has been resolved! For folks who don’t work in environments where they need to enforce FIPS compliance, you may never…

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Power BI and FIPS do not play well together

UPDATE 27 October: Here’s a workaround to allow you to use Power BI with a machine set with the FIPS registry key set. You CAN set Power BI desktop to ignore the FIPS setting but leave the registry key set. In the \Microsoft Power BI Desktop\bin folder, if you edit the PBIDesktop.exe.config file and add after the…

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Power BI can analyze your tweets!

My colleague Sam Lester has been working on creative ways to showcase how to use Power BI. His latest post talks you through analyzing your tweet history with Power BI: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/samlester/2016/07/06/create-your-personalized-twitter-analytics-dashboard-in-power-bi-in-10-minutes/ It’s a nice way to answer some questions you might not have thought to ask — like which day you most often tweet. I…

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Free training on Power BI on Edx

If you’re looking to ramp-up on Power BI, as I’ve been doing recently since it’s a powerful new tool which will eventually have some great integration points with SharePoint and SQL Server Reporting Services, there’s a free course available on EdX: https://www.edx.org/course/analyzing-visualizing-data-power-bi-microsoft-dat207x-1 I’ve recently been through the most recent version and apart from seeing some…

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Free e-book on Power BI

I wanted to pass on a new resource I just learned about, a free e-book on Power BI: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/microsoft_press/2016/06/16/free-ebook-introducing-microsoft-power-bi/ I haven’t had a chance to read through it yet but will post my thoughts when I do!

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World Wide Importers — your new “Adventure” for data reporting

One of my colleagues let me know that Adventure Works — the SQL database so many demos are built on — is now replaced with a new database now that SQL Server 2016 has released:  https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/samlester/2016/06/13/so-long-adventureworks-well-miss-you-and-hello-world-wide-importers/ If you’re like me, you are probably a little tired of seeing the same demos with Adventure Works for…

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Power BI Desktop — using On-Premises Data and options for SharePoint and SSRS

I've been branching out a lot recently to look at some of the Data Visualization tools in Microsoft products, but haven't had a chance to post much on them yet. My SQL Colleague, Sam Lester has been partnering with me on this, and recently published a nice post on the "current" options for Power BI…

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Power View for Everyone

——– Update November 2015: Looks like the links to the PowerView reports are no longer functional. I'll see if I can find a replacement ————– Really pleased to see there's a SharePoint Claim-Enabled site available to anyone with a Windows Live ID to experience how cool Power View reports are: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_business_intelligence1/archive/2012/02/07/power-view-overview.aspx That's the link to…

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