Today is another in my series where I am building out my COVID report for Australia. There are a few things I cover in the video today. The main “new” concept is the dynamic commentary, but I also show you some more warts and all insider view of building a report.
I have been building P&Ls in Power BI for about 6 years, and it’s pretty hard to do. When I was asked to build a video showing how this can be done in just 5 minutes, I was a bit sceptical at first. But as you will see in the video below, it definitely can be done.
Now that Excel reports connected to Power BI datasets work in Excel Online it opens up a lot of new possibilities for doing cool things with Office Scripts and Power Automate. Here’s a simple example showing how all these technologies can be put together to automatically generate batches of Excel reports from a template.
Telemetry is a concept extremely important with Dynamics 365 Business Central, especially in the cloud world. Every partner should have an internal policy in place for connecting customer’s tenants to Application Insights service and then monitoring the status of these tenants and their performances by periodically checking the telemetry data injected into the Application Insights service.
Power BI Premium has supported metadata translations – translations for table, column and measure names etc – for a while now. Kasper has a great blog showing how to use this feature here; Tabular Editor makes it very easy to edit metadata translations too. However (unlike SSAS Multidimensional) Power BI doesn’t have native support for data translations, that’s to say translating the data inside your tables and not just the names of objects.
As I’m sure you’ve guessed by now I’m a big fan of dynamic M parameters in Power BI. They’re easy to use in Power BI Desktop but what if you want to use them in your own DAX queries? Documentation for this is coming soon, but in the meantime I thought it would be useful to show the additions to DAX query syntax to support them – something you can see for yourself if you take a look at the DAX queries generated by Power BI Desktop using Performance Analyzer.
This week a customer came to me with the following problem: they had scheduled the refresh of their dataset but their source data wasn’t always ready in time, so the old data was being loaded by mistake. The best solution here is to use some kind of external service (for example Power Automate) to poll the data source regularly to see if it’s ready, and then to refresh the dataset via the Power BI REST API when it is.