Here are this week’s updates, which there are quite a few and I have no doubt that there might be some more updates released tomorrow or in the coming days.
Power BI – Mobile App Update
There have been quite a few updates with regards to the Mobile App in for Power BI and Reporting Services.
It is great to see that they are starting to leverage the capabilities of the phone and use this within the app. As they have done with the Geographic filtering which can filter your reports and dashboards based on your location.
Another great example of this, is the use of the QR and creating augmented reality as is shown with the picture above. This is a great way to integrate things which puts a new perspective on what is capable.
Also great to see that first comes out in the iOS app, which then filters down to the Android App and Windows App, is the functionality for improved slicers on the small mobile screen, notifications and bug fixes.
You can find all the details here: Power BI Mobile Apps Update – June 2016
Power BI – Prevedere Content Pack
It has been quite a while since there has been a new content pack and it is great to see that is one around predictive analytics. And for customers who use Prevedere it will be a welcome addition.
You can find more details here: Visualize your Prevedere data with Power BI
Power BI – Visual – Pulse Chart
It is great to see such an awesome visual that will allow you to pause and then be able to see the impact. I feel that this will really engage the audience and grab their attention.
You can read about it here: Visual Awesomeness Unlocked: Pulse Chart
Power BI – Visual – Narratives Update
This is another visual which has got a great update. I have not used it in the past, but it is great to see that they are working on this, as well as making improvements to use additional visuals.
You can find out about it here: New features available for Narratives for Power BI
Power BI – Where is my Data stored
From the picture above there is a very quick and easy way to see where your data is stored.
Click on Help and Support and then About Power Bi as shown below
You can also find the blog post here: Power BI – Which data center hosts my data? Where is my data stored?
Excel – Power Query Updates
As you can see above some of the changes that have already been implemented in Power BI are making their way into Excel with Power Query. I have to say that the other day I was doing the Conditional Column in Power BI by using the “Add Column” and once I was finished figuring it out, I then had to make another change. And when I clicked on the step it brought the image as shown above. It was so much easier and quicker to get it done.
I also like the ability to be able to change the order around within the GUI. As in the past this sometimes was a challenge but now it is a simple drag and drop.
As well as now it shows you in the Power Query window what the data type of the column is, which makes it very quick to understand what you are working with.
You can find all these details and more here: June 2016 updates for Get & Transform in Excel 2016 and the Power Query add-in