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Happy Birthday Power BI!

There is a lot to be excited about with Power BI. One year ago today, Power BI hit the ground running with its General Availability release, and it still hasn't slowed down. 

Seth Bauer by Seth Bauer

Power BI Connection Types

There are different ways to connect to various sources, but there are also some limitations depending on what method you choose. As a result, I wanted to take a quick moment to outline the different connection types, and in what scenarios you can use them.

Seth Bauer by Seth Bauer

SSAS Tabular Model Development Using Power BI Desktop

One of the challenges with SSAS Tabular model development, for me, has always been the need to fully vet out a new measure or calculation in the intended visuals. Is there another way beside Analyze in Excel?

Seth Bauer by Seth Bauer

Exploring SQL Server Metrics in Power BI

This blog is aimed at IT/Database folks to show you how you can leverage Power BI when analyzing databases and environments for problem areas or performance issues. This exercise presents an alternative to rows and rows of data, and gives some tools/ideas to create a quick report and make it repeatable across environments when analyzing SQL Server metrics.      

Seth Bauer by Seth Bauer

Turn the Lights On, Plug into Power BI

As a consumer of products, I am a stickler when I purchase items over a certain amount. I want quality, I want a good price, and I want to know that the company will stand behind the product they sell me. I rarely, if ever, have purchased the latest and greatest thing because, unless it offers something so incredible and I just can’t resist, I usually look at last year’s model. It will typically have tested metrics, it has reviews by many users, and if updateable – fixes and updates provided by the manufacturer. And more often than not, it’s much cheaper because a premium is generally charged for the newest features. I have typically dealt with software purchases and adoption using this same approach, and rarely come across something that falls into the “must have” category. So why am I boring you with how I purchase things? I’m doing it to outline the fact that I am not the guy that needs the latest shiny thing or the “jump on the bandwagon” type of individual.

Seth Bauer by Seth Bauer

Power BI Analysis Services Connector Rises to the Top

The Power BI Analysis Services Connector (Tabular) is a feature that I’ve been working with throughout the preview of Power BI ever since it was introduced in early March of 2015. Coming from the SQL...

Seth Bauer by Seth Bauer

PowerBI General Availability - New Features and Pricing!

Earlier this month (July 2015) Microsoft announced that PowerBI will hit general availability on July 24th. Now that we are only a few days away, let's take a moment to review what this means, and wh...

Lee Berg by Lee Berg