Issue 139: 11th January 2022
There's been tumbleweed over on the Power BI blog this week, so if you're after some exciting official announcements and updates, you'll have to look elsewhere I'm afraid. However, there have been plenty of great articles across the community this week. It would be remiss of me not to highlight some great posts from my colleagues here at endjin - Eli has provided a lovely 101 on Evaluation Contexts in DAX - Filter and Row Contexts (arguably the most important concept in DAX!), James has talked about Why you should care about the new Power BI ExecuteQueries API, and finally Paul has provided a designer's perspective on Generating custom themes in Power BI, sharing some tips and tricks to help you think more like a designer. In fact, on that last point, Greg Deckler has compared and contrasted a bunch of available Power BI Theme Generators (some at a cost) - really useful reference point to find the tool you most prefer.
Issue 138: 4th January 2022
Welcome to the 138th edition of Power BI Weekly, and the first edition of 2022! Happy New Year to everyone, and I hope those of you who celebrate Christmas had a lovely festive period. Many of us will be glad to see the back of 2021, which, in the outside world, didn't always provide us with the best of circumstances. However, that didn't deter the Power BI team, with a whole load of brilliant features reaching GA throughout the year, including (but not limited to):
Issue 137: 21st December 2021
Some amazing updates have landed this week, and not just from the new Power BI Desktop release. A feature I've highlighted a couple of times in the past is now out in public preview, and that's Hybrid Tables in Power BI Premium, enabling the possibility to have both Import and DirectQuery partitions within the same table. Not only does this provide you the capability to retrieve the latest data without having to refresh the model, but this also enables you to keep recent data in "hot" mode (i.e. import), and have historical data (e.g. > 12 months old) accessible via DirectQuery in a sort of "cold" mode. This is particularly useful for larger models. In fact, Teo Lachev has described this latter scenario in the blog: Power BI Hybrid Tables. Do check it out.
Issue 136: 14th December 2021
This week: we've been shown how to use the new (preview) visualization feature within Dataverse that allows you to quickly analyze your Power Apps and Dynamics 365 data, we've been told that the Power BI app for Microsoft Teams is now available in the US Government Community cloud, and we've been told that the CustomData feature (previously only available for SSAS/AAS) is now generally available in Power BI.