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Power BI Weekly Issue 64: 23rd June 2020

Only a couple of announcements this week. There's now a New way of getting apps, whereby all your organizational apps and apps shared on AppSource are now in one, unified view. We've also been provided with a Licensing and roadmap update for Power BI Report Server, where the main bit of news is that Microsoft is now allowing SQL Server Enterprise customers with software assurance to deploy Power BI Report Server on Azure VMs for production use, by leveraging their Azure Hybrid Benefit. A great enabler for those orgs undergoing digital transformation and migrating to the cloud.

Elsewhere this week, Alberto Ferrari has written about 7 reasons DAX is not easy (I'm sure no one will be arguing with that), David Eldersveld has described Four Core Differences Between the Tableau and Power BI Data Models, and Rob Collie has finished a three part series discussing Power BI and Paginated reports, concluding that they're Better Together.

I'd also like to highlight a great new training resource for those wanting to learn more about Power BI Desktop, and that's the new edition of Pro Power BI Desktop: Self-Service Analytics and Data Visualization for the Power User by Adam Aspin, which is now available to buy. With content ranging from initial data load all the way through to the report enhancement tools such as Bookmarks and Drill-through - Adam spares no detail in this comprehensive resource about Power BI Desktop. Be sure to check it out!

Finally, you may notice that the newsletter categories have ever-so-slightly changed this week, so be sure to take a look through and familiarize yourself with the new setup, and let me know if you have any feedback.

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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