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Aveek Das
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Programmatic access to Power BI PowerShell commandlets

May 25, 2020 by

In this article, I am going to demonstrate how to access the Power BI PowerShell commandlets. In the previous article in this series, we discussed how to programmatically access the Power BI Service using the REST APIs available. PowerShell is one of the most frequently used and preferred ways of automating monotonous manual jobs and scripting those. PowerShell comes integrated with Windows, so it can be easily used from any Windows machine.

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Aveek Das
Get Datasets in Workspace

How to access Power BI REST APIs programmatically

May 19, 2020 by

In this article, I am going to explain how to use the Power BI REST API to programmatically access the Power BI Service features. I’ll also discuss the basis of REST API and how to use the APIs using Postman. Using the Power BI REST API, you can programmatically manage the administrative services like getting a list of dashboards and workspaces, refreshing a dataset, copying a dashboard from one workspace to another, and so on.

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Aveek Das
Viewing Data as North America

Introduction to Row-Level Security in Power BI

April 15, 2020 by

Analyzing data with Power BI has always been fascinating to me. With ever-growing data comes more risk, and hence more security is needed. In this article, I am going to introduce what row-level security in Power BI is and how does it work. I’ll also demonstrate in detail how to implement the same in Power BI Desktop. Later, we will also discuss how to implement this row-level security in Power BI service as well. To learn about row-level security in SQL Server, please have a look at my previous article, where I have explained how to implement the same.

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Aveek Das
Map Chart Types in Power BI

An overview of Chart Types in Power BI

April 9, 2020 by

In this article, I am going to give an overview of the most widely used chart types in Power BI. Power BI, as everyone might be aware, is one of the SaaS offerings from Microsoft in the field of BI and Analytics. It provides a very intuitive way for non-technical users to do analyses and create reports on their own without having to rely on a technical team. One of the main purposes of Microsoft behind Power BI is to promote self-service BI and it is one of the BI tools in the market with a comparatively lower learning curve as there are many similarities compared to Microsoft Excel.

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Rajendra Gupta
Title in Power BI Desktop

Scroller visual for Stock price movements in Power BI Desktop

March 31, 2020 by

In the article, Candlestick chart for stock data analysis in Power BI Desktop, we explored Power BI Desktop to analyze stock prices. If you follow the stock market, you might have noticed a ticker (similar to the following image) showcasing stock prices and changes since the last close price. It shows an up and down indicator depending upon the positive or negative change in the stock price.

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Aveek Das
Managing the Data Gateway

Setting up Power BI Data Gateway

March 19, 2020 by

In this article, I’m going to explain what a Power BI Data Gateway is and how to set it up. I’ll also cover the underlying architecture that the gateway uses and how to manage on-premise data using the Data Gateway.

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Aveek Das
Conditional Formatting in Power BI Applied

Conditional formatting in Power BI

March 18, 2020 by

In this article, I’m going to explain what conditional formatting in Power BI is. Conditional formatting, as the name suggests, is a way of visualizing data that applies special format rules based on some pre-defined conditions on the values of a selected metric. It is mostly used when the data is presented in a tabular format; however, it can also be used in any charts such as bar charts, line charts, etc.

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Nisarg Upadhyay
Data loaded in the Power Query editor

How to access data from Azure Blob Storage using Power BI

March 17, 2020 by

In this article, I am going to explain how we can access the data from the Azure Blob Storage using Power BI. To do that, we are going to use the below tools:

  1. Azure BLOB Storage account: We have uploaded the source CSV file to it
  2. Power Query editor: To choose the data that we want to load in the Power BI report
  3. Power BI Desktop: To view the data imported from the CSV file
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Aveek Das
Changing the Data Type

How to sort months chronologically in Power BI

March 16, 2020 by

In this article, I’m going to demonstrate how to sort months chronologically in Power BI. Visualizing sales data in a time period is one of the most influential ways of reporting. Often, at times it is essential that you design charts that show the trend or growth of a metric over time. The time period can be anything for example days, weeks, months, or years. It basically gives you the idea of how the metric has increased or decreased over the specific period.

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Ben Richardson
Selecting the split column option

Getting started with Query Editor in Power BI Desktop

March 3, 2020 by

Power BI is a data analytics tool developed by Microsoft used to visualize data and find useful insights. In this article, you will see how to work with the Query Editor in Power BI desktop. Power BI comes in various versions, i.e., Power BI Desktop, Power BI Service, Power BI Mobile, and Power BI Developer. Power BI desktop is the free version, and the query editor is available in all three versions.

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Sifiso W. Ndlovu
Data imported using Custom SQL Statement.

Monitor batch statements of the Get Data feature in Power BI using SQL Server extended events

July 1, 2019 by

One shared characteristic among popular data visualization tools such as Power BI is the ease at which data can be extracted from a variety of disparate data sources, usually at a click of a button, as shown in Figure 1. Such convenience, though, tends to come at a cost as you often have little control over how background scripts used to extract data are generated. Yet, this should be of utmost concern for data architects and BI developers alike as rarely do you find auto-generated scripts that are efficient and optimal. In this article, join me as I put on my DBA hat and trace, monitor and review SQL batch statements that are auto-generated by the Get Data feature in Power BI using SQL Server Extended Events.

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Sifiso W. Ndlovu
Choose the Power BI Dashboard you want to add

Using Power BI Free License to Embed Power BI into Dynamics 365

May 24, 2019 by

Whilst Power BI continues to be the leading data visualisation tool in Gartner’s BI quadrant, Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement (formerly Dynamics CRM) remains one of popular business platforms for driving sales and facilitating customer communications. Thus, an integration of Power BI into Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement ensures that you get to explore your Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement data via a powerful and rich data visualisation tool. However, as indicated in Figure 1, Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement plans often come with a Power BI free license thereby limiting the type of Power BI features available to you. In this article, we look at how you can get the best out of your Power BI free license for the purposes of embedding Power BI artefacts into Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement. Going forward, any references to Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement plan in this article will be shortened to Dynamics 365.

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