I have no doubt that by the end of this week there is going to be quite a lot of content with regards to the world of Power BI.
And that is all thanks to PASS, which I am sure I will attend in the near future. So lets see what we have in store.
Power BI – Power BI Reports on SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Services)
As I hinted to earlier this week in a tweet, I had a suspicion that this was going to be released, and it has as a technical preview.
Currently you can try this using a pre-configured VM on Azure. Which I think is a great start, as it is quick and easy to create a VM. And if you are already using Azure and have it configured to connect to your On-Premise environment, you can start looking into it.
The details are here: Announcing a Technical Preview of Power BI reports in SQL Server Reporting Services
Power BI – Custom Visual Infographic Designer
I have to say that this is one of the most interactive and flexible Custom Visuals that I have seen, and it is from the great people from Microsoft.
Not only do you have the ability to have a whole host of visuals to select from, but you can also upload your own image.
And along with that you can also customize how you want to represent your infographic.
I personally think that custom visuals that have this type of capability built into it, will go a long way and due to so many different uses it will be used a lot.
You can find the blog post here: Quickly create infographics with the infographic designer custom visual for Power BI
Power BI – Power BI Service Administrator Role
This is something that I know a lot of Office 365 Admins will be very happy to see.
There now is the ability to grant the Power BI Service Administrator role to users without having to grant them Administrator access to Office 365.
Currently this is done via PowerShell, but they do plan to have it available in Office 365 by the end of the year.
You can find more details here: Making It Easier To Administer Power BI
Power BI – MYOB Content Pack
Here is another content pack, and this time it is for MYOB. And I am certain that their clients who want to gain insights into the financial and inventory management, will very easily and quickly get data insights that they did not previously get.
You can find more information here: Explore your MYOB Advanced Data with Power BI
Power BI – checking for Issues with the Power BI Service
I came across this recently and thought it would be good to put into a blog post, as at times I thought that there might be an issue with the Power BI Service, but I had no way of checking or knowing where to look.
So here is the link for future reference: Power BI Support
Azure – Analysis Services
I have been waiting for this for quite some time and I knew that it would at one point become a reality. It is great to see that you can now have SSAS Tabular (In current preview) as a PaaS. Not only that but they have got a few tiers to work from.
Already I can see how this can be leveraged with Power BI, especially when you start getting models that are larger than the 10GB limit. And we know how well Azure and Power BI play together. In my opinion Power BI is in Azure, so it should hopefully be really fast and seamless.
Currently it is only available for Compatibility Level 1200 (which is SQL Server 2016 Tabular), but if there is enough interest, and I am sure that there will be they will look at Multi-Dimensional also.
You can find all the details here: Announcing Azure Analysis Services preview