BI-NSIGHT – Power BI (Widgets, Pin Custom Visuals to Dashboard, Mobile App Update, Content Pack Azure Search, New Visual Sankey BarChart, Best Report Contest)

Another week has almost gone by and the wonderful people from Microsoft Power BI are back at work!

Power BI – Widgets

As with my previous tweet, I had a sneaky suspicion that they were up to something with the widgets. And I am glad that I was right. And right in a good way.

It is great to see that now not only can you add an Image or Text Box, but also Video’s and Web Content. This will further enrich your Power BI dashboard.

Simply go into your Power BI dashboard and click on the Add Widget to get the above picture.

Power BI – Pin Custom Visuals to Dashboard

I know that I been waiting and hoping that this would be released sooner than later.

There are some amazing visuals and to have them on your dashboard just means that you can have a quick view, and see the valuable insights into your data immediately.

It still amazes me over and over again, how the people from the Microsoft Power BI team, are actually listening to what we are saying and voting for. In this case it was that every time you had a custom visual you had to click on the button to enable them. And now that is a thing of the past!

You can read all about it here: Pin custom visuals to your dashboard

Power BI – Mobile App Update

It is great to see that they are also consistently updating the Mobile App, because that is one of the key selling features and wow factors for when using Power BI.

In this update they have made some great improvements, I really think that it is key to have real time data in your dashboards. This ensures that you get the right data at the right time to make the best decisions.

Also having an indicator to let you know you are offline is great, so that you know how fresh your dashboard is.

At this current time, I am not looking to use R, but I have no doubt in the near future this will be something that we will be using and to have it available in the Mobile App, just makes it that much better and another great selling point to the business.

This week the all the updates for IOS, but I have no doubt that in the coming weeks it will cascade down to Android and Windows Mobile.

You can find out all the details here: Power BI Mobile Apps Update – January 2016

Power BI – Content Pack Azure Search

This week’s content update is for Azure Search. Which is another great content pack to have to better understand your traffic to your Azure Search service. This can give you some great insights to see what the users or people are searching for. And possibly even be able to assist them with their requirements.

You can find out the details here: Visualizing Azure Search data with Power BI

Power BI – New Visual Sankey Barchart

As with a content pack being released almost every week, it is great to see what new and interesting visuals are being released.

And this week’s visual is one that I think is really great. It gives you the ability to view your data, as well as put in a great wealth of related information. And it appears that you can put in comparison’s which make it look really good.

You can find all the visuals here: Power BI Visuals

Power BI – Best Report Contest

Don’t forget to enter the Power BI Report Contest. To be totally honest I would have loved to have had the time to put in an entry.

But between work and family life I am extremely busy! But I have no doubt that there will be a lot of amazing and WOW type of reports from the people out there.

There is still time to enter by clicking here: Power BI – Best Report Contest

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