Showing posts from December, 2015

MS Ignite - Power BI: The Developer Edition (DAT341)

some brief notes on what was learnt in this MS Ignite session

Link to session video:

Covered in the session:
A feature to publish Power BI Desktop reports to SQL Reporting Services is coming soon!The Power BI Team is working on tiles able to be embedded on a web page and viewed by anonymous viewers.  Will be able to embed entire dashboard at some point.Link for developer information is at the bottom of power BI home page ( How to extend Power BI using custom visualisationsCan embed Power BI Tiles into PowerPoint presentationsREST Api's are available to do things like  list all tiles & dashboard & datasets and tables and groupsCan find approved custom visuals here:'t pin custom visuals to dashboards yet.  team estimates late DecemberYou can download Custom Visuals inside the Desktop Application by cli…

Power BI Suites - Which One Do I Use?

I'm presuming you've seen the god-like feature set of Power BI.  I reckon you've probably even opened up browser edition and had a quick play.  Then you've come to the realisation that yeah it is just as awesome as that presenter advised!  But how does it fit together with the rest of the Office 365 suite, and why are there so many different ways to use it!?

Here's a quick historical view of the product and a brief introduction into the pros/cons of each option to help you choose a path based on what your business requirements are.  Truth is, you'll probably want all options available to you, however each new solution might require a certain platform.

If you take ANYTHING away from this post, remember there are three ways you can use the Power BI suite:  Excel Add-Ins, Power BI Online App, Power BI Desktop App...

Excel Power BI Suite (PowerPivot, PowerQuery, PowerMap, PowerView) Before Power BI became an entity of its own, it was initially birthed as separate …