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Power BI Weekly Issue 44: 4th February 2020

The Power BI team broke its silence last week, with a number of announcements:

Also released last week was the Power Platform: 2020 release wave 1 plan , including details on upcoming features across all tools within the Power Platform. A few particularly exciting announcements for Power BI, including Dataflows DirectQuery and Incremental refresh for Pro users! Check that link out for more information.

We have a couple of in-house blogs for you this week, which many of you Analysis Services users will appreciate. Last year endjin spent 12 weeks building an Azure solution to help process over 1.5B rows of data to display to the user in less then 3 seconds. This was powered by the incredibly powerful, yet often overlooked Azure Analysis Services. My colleague James Broome, Director of Engineering, is writing an 8 part series on this service. The first two were published this week: 8 reasons why you might want to integrate into a custom application and Integration options using .NET, REST APIs and PowerShell.

Elsewhere this week, Chris Webb has described how to Visualize Power Query Diagnostics Data In A Power BI Decomposition Tree, and Parv Chana has shown us an interesting Heat map technique with data smoothing.

Data Prep

Covering: Power Query (M), Dataflows, Data connectors, Analysis Services

Report Design and Visualizations

Covering: Report layout and formatting, Mobile reports, Native & Custom visuals, R & Python integration, Visual interactions, Report Themes

Data Exploration

Covering: Dashboards, Quick Insights, Q&A, Filters, Bookmarks, Drill-through

Deployment, Security and Operations

Covering: Apps and App Workspaces, Template Apps, Datasets, Gateways, Security, Sharing, Licences, REST APIs, PowerShell cmdlets, .NET SDK


Covering: Public service announcements, Cross-topic feature summaries, Power BI Overviews, Upcoming webinars/events, Power BI Certifications


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