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Power BI Weekly Issue 112: 1st June 2021

Another year, another BUILD event with plenty of talking points for Power BI. As ever, Arun Ulag has written a debrief on the whole event: Enabling intelligent experiences with Power BI for developers, data scientists, and data engineers, discussing BUILD announcements and things to look forward to in the very near future. Creating DAX expressions from natural language text being one of them... will there be a day where we don't have to write DAX code ourselves? 😲

Here are the things that have launched in the last week:

I personally find the first and second points particularly interesting - the first is a step closer to full automation of ALM scenarios for Power BI artifacts, and the second is a match made in heaven for those preferring the explorative, visual way of developing solutions.

A couple of books have been released this week that I wanted to highlight. If you've ever had to design Power BI themes from scratch, you'll appreciate how non-trivial it is (though it's a much nicer experience now than it has been in the past!) Adam Aspin's new book Power BI Theme Creation is a deep-dive into all things theming in Power BI, helping you on your styling journey. Elsewhere Daniil Maslyuk has highlighted that the Microsoft Exam Ref DA-100 is now available, a great resource for those looking to take the DA-100 exam.

Data Prep

Covering: Power Query (M), Dataflows, Data connectors, AI Insights

Data Modeling

Covering: DAX (Measures & Calculated Tables/Columns), Relationships, Analysis Services, Composite models

Report Authoring and Interactivity

Covering: Layout and formatting, Visualizations, Interactivity, Themes, Mobile reports, Dashboards

Deployment, Security and Operations

Covering: Workspaces and Apps, Template Apps, Deployment Pipelines, Gateways, Security, Sharing, Licences, Admin operations, Developer Tooling


Covering: Cross-topic announcements & feature summaries, Whitepapers, Community events, Learning Resources & Certifications, Podcasts, Sample reports, End-to-end walkthroughs


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