With the release of CTP 2.3 of SQL Server 2019 today there was big news for Analysis Services Tabular developers: Calculation Groups. You can read all about them in detail in this blog post:
Today Gartner released the 2019 magic quadrant for Business Intelligence. As expected (by me at least), Microsoft is continuing its trail blazing and now has a clear lead over Tableau in both ability to execute and completeness of vision. I thought it would be interesting to see a trend over time for the last 5 years, as this is the time period that I have been a professional Power BI Consultant. I needed some way to extract the numerical data points from the images I had collected. This article shows you how to do that. Here is the final output – a scatter chart with a play axis in Power BI of course.
The February 2019 release of Power BI Desktop includes some new functionality not mentioned in the summary blog post, functionality that is already in the latest Excel 365 builds (thanks Ed Hansberry for pointing this out) and will be extremely useful. It takes the form of four new options under the Split Column button in the Query Editor:
Power BI Bookmarks, Synced Slicers and Selections; these features transformed the way we report using Power BI. Now, most of the business users want reports with actionable interactivity. Well, it has pros and cons; today’s post is not to discuss that but to talk about Synced Slicers.
Synced Slicers were one of the most requested features. As the name says, this functionality enables you to Sync slicers among various Power BI Report pages, and you can manage the properties of it under Sync Slicers Pane.
A while ago I found myself wondering – as I often do about this kind of thing – about what the undocumented third parameter of the Excel.Workbook() M function (called delayTypes) actually does. I found a forums post from Guy Hunkin of the Excel Power Query team in 2017 here, which gives the following summary:
The new Relationships view (or Modeling view – it seems to have two names) in Power BI Desktop that has been in preview since November 2018 not only makes it easier to work with complex models and set properties more easily, it also exposes a brand new property on a column: the “Is nullable” property. It’s visible at the bottom of the new Properties pane when you click on a column: