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Coolest New Power BI Features Revealed!

Jan 3, 2019 5:24:24 PM / by Mario Di Giovanni posted in News

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Recently the Microsoft Business Applications Summit 2019 highlighted new Power BI features and these are the coolest features to note IMO:

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Data Storytelling Gets Easier: Power BI Desktop Oct 2017

Oct 18, 2017 6:31:09 AM / by Mario Di Giovanni posted in Power BI

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The October 2017 release of PBI Desktop includes a much-anticipated feature that makes data storytelling easier: Bookmarking. Bookmarking in combination with the spotlight, drillthrough and what-if features allows you to create very compelling stories about your data. It's currently in "preview" mode, so you have to turn it on by going to the options page. After a restart of PBI, there will be a new Bookmarks Pane available via the View tab.

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Power BI: New Drillthrough and Insights Features from Sept 17

Sep 5, 2017 11:43:55 AM / by Mario Di Giovanni posted in Power BI

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Power BI was launched almost 3 years ago.  It includes a free desktop application for authoring reports and a cloud service for publishing and sharing reports.  Since day one Microsoft promised to deliver an updated version of the PBI Desktop application each month - and they have honored this commitment, which is rare in the space.  Each release includes exciting new features that have been voted on by the PBI community.  Last week the Sept version (26th release!) arrived with a number of key improvements which helps associations understand and access data quickly.  Click here to view the Sept feature summary.

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DAX the Way - with Power BI

Jul 17, 2017 10:38:32 AM / by Mario Di Giovanni posted in Data Analytics for Associations, Power BI

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DAX stands for Data Analysis eXpressions and it is the formula language used in Power BI.  It's similar to Excel formulas and it's an extremely powerful language for creating measures and calculated fields within your Power BI data model.  The downside is that it requires a bit of a learning curve to get up to speed.  There are a lot of great resources out there for learning DAX and to help us along the April release of Power BI Desktop included a preview feature called Quick measures.

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How To Choose the Right Visualization

Jun 25, 2017 6:45:26 PM / by Mario Di Giovanni posted in Data Visualization, Power BI

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Creating a report or dashboard in Power BI is quite easy.  A few mouse gestures and a couple of clicks and voila, we have a report!

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