More PowerBI Desktop Mapping for the Unconnected

After working through some of the options for mapping data in Power BI Desktop when you don’t have an internet connection, I wanted to do some more with the Synoptic Panel, in particular to see how best to make my own images and use them in Power BI. It mostly turned out as I wanted to…

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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 SSRS just became better friends!

Really exciting and long-awaited news on integrating SSRS 2016 and Power BI this week! As described on the SQL Server Product Team Blog there’s now a preview available of the new integration between these two products. What does this really mean? Well, if you’ve been working with Power BI Desktop in a place where using the…

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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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