With the Pass conference completed last week there has been a lot of information about SQL Server 2016 and the future does indeed look bright for BI within the Microsoft BI stack. And I personally think that in the future they will be leading in most of the BI areas.
I am not going to go into all the details as this has been covered in a whole host of other blogs that I follow. And I am sure that a lot of the people reading my blog have already found out all the new amazing news.
So here we go with all updates from the past week.
Power BI Desktop – Date Hierarchy
The above screenshot was taken from Jen Underwood, which is showing how in the future version of Power BI Desktop it will have the ability to be able to create the Date Hierarchy for you. I am sure it will be in a not too distance release.
Power BI – Timeline Slicer Visual
As promised as Pass last week here is another great Custom Visual available in Power BI.
I can see this being used a lot, as I have used it in Excel in the past and it does allow users the ability to slice their data by Month to Date, Year to Date, Quarter to Date etc…
You can find all the custom Visualizations here: Power BI Custom Visualizations
Power BI – Pin Excel Range to Dashboard
Another feature that will be coming to the Power BI Service is the ability to Pin an Excel Range into your Power BI dashboard.
I think that this will be really useful, because Excel does some things really well. And often it can show you a lot more information, which can easily be digested instead of trying to replicate it Power BI.
Power BI – User Groups
This is another great incentive, as I think as the momentum grows with Power BI this will be a great way to network with like-minded people.
As well as learn from other people who I have no doubt will have some amazing idea’s and experience to share.
Here are the details if you are interested to Sign up or see if there are people in your area: Power BI User Groups are here!
Power BI – Weekly Service Update
There were some interesting updates this week, which is that you now get a guide in what you want to do in Power BI.
As well as now individuals can also sign up for Power BI. I do think that this is a very clever move. As there are a lot of people who potentially might use it at work, and then want to use it for their personal projects. Along with this you can get the general public to start using this service. And often this can attract a larger crowd than the amount of people that will be exposed to the Power BI service. Which in turn could get Power BI into a company!
And finally is the duplication of an existing report. Which often can help when you want it to be very similar and do not want to have to re-create it all from scratch!
You can find out all the details here: Power BI Weekly Service Update
Power BI – Visual Studio Application Insights Content Pack
This week’s Content Pack is about Visual Studio applications and can give you insight into your applications that you have created and can show you potentially where you have issues.
You can find out how to use the content pack and more details here: Explore your Application Insights data with Power BI
Microsoft BI Reporting Road Map
As has been blogged quite extensively it is the first time since I have started my career in BI, that there has actually been a roadmap for BI from Microsoft.
I have to say it is great that we now have this visibility, because it means we can plan for what is coming. And incorporate some of the new changes into our existing and to be delivered projects. Which means we will be in a position to show the people in our business something that is new and fresh.
And the way that I see it, people like to see things change. Not everyone in the business, but at times even if the charts just change slightly or there is something additional it can mean that there is great adoption. It also shows that it is not something that been developed and never looked at again!
I do feel that they are focusing a lot on SQL Server Analysis Services Tabular. And for good reason, this product is playing catch up. It is also being used in Power BI, which we all really love and are using more often. And I can see that we are also starting to get the best of both worlds. And by that I mean we are getting a lot of the functionality from SQL Server Analysis Services Multidimensional, as well as from TSQL. Which means that we can leverage the best of both.
You can find out all the information about the BI Reporting Roadmap here: Microsoft Business Intelligence – our reporting roadmap
SQL Server 2016 – Integration Services Update
I am looking forward to see how the Package Control Flow Templates, as the way I see, this will mean that you can leverage creating the template once, and then reuse it again and again. So for example if you create a Package Control Flow Template for a Slowly Changing Dimension Type 2. You can then use this in your framework for all your other developers.
You can read his blog post here: SQL Server 2016 Integration Services (SSIS) –Summary of SQL Pass Summit 2015 session