With the Microsoft Data Insights Summit that is currently happening in Seattle the Power BI team has been really busy letting us know what features are coming and what to get excited about in the coming months, so below is a quick overview of what has been released after Day 1.
What is coming
As you can see below there are a whole host of details around what is now available and what will be completed in the next quarter.
Drill through Pages
This is one of the announcements that have created quite a bit of excitement, in that very soon you will have the capability to be able to drill through to other pages. But not only that when you do drill through it will remember what you selected or filtered and use this on your drill through page. So now you can drill through, as well as go back to your previous page.
I personally have been asked about this before and I know that it is something that people have been waiting for. As well as this can make the entire reporting experience a lot better and interactive.
It appears that you will now be able to organize your folders as you could previously do with SSAS OLAP
Power BI Write back with Power Apps and Visio Custom Visual
This is a big one, where they have now used Power Apps in order to facilitate a write back of your data into your Existing Power BI Model. This is something that people have been asking for, for a long time.
As well as now you can also integrate Visio visuals into your Power BI report, and if you create your Visio visuals with ID’s you can map these to your data so that they will interact as you can currently do with all other visuals within your report canvas.
Azure Analysis Web Designer
There is a preview coming where you can now design and tune Azure Analysis Services from within your Web Browser.
The things to take a note of is that you can import Power BI Desktop files which will be converted into Azure Analysis Services, which means you can create a proof of concept locally and then enable it to be used for the enterprise.
As well as then integrate these datasets with Power BI, Excel, Visual Studio and GitHub, so if you are looking for more source control around your development this might be the option going forward.