Archive - Blog Posts on Power BI Desktop

Column Sub Folders are Better than Measure Sub Folders - I blogged about the various ways to use Measure tables and Measure Sub Folders in Power BI a few weeks back.  I discussed why measure tables may be required, and also a few reasons why you may choose not to use a measure table. I also mentioned some alternatives to using measure tables, including using a […] Read More
Measure Tables in Power BI - I often get asked about measure tables during my Power BI online training classes. This post will discuss the merits of measure tables versus storing your measures in the table where the data comes from. What is a Measure Table? A measure table is a dedicated table used to store some or all of the […] Read More
Grouping in Power BI Desktop Without Using DAX - Way back in Oct-2016, Microsoft released a feature in Power BI Desktop that makes the process of creating groups much easier for the average user. I was reminded of this feature by an article by Reid Havens a couple of months ago. I blogged about various other ways of doing this, including banded columns using DAX […] Read More
Reposition Report Canvas in Power BI Desktop - Just a short post today to share with you a permanent fix to something that has been annoying me (maybe you too – but then again I am easily annoyed 🙂 ).  Edit:  read the comments below from Amir Netz from Microsoft where he explains why this change was made Vertically Position Report Canvas in […] Read More
Calculation Groups are Coming to DAX - I woke up Saturday morning to a lot of chatter and blog articles about an announcement that Microsoft made at SQL Bits.  Microsoft is adding “Calculation Groups” to the DAX language. There are a number of blogs already that talk about the announcement, including Chris Webb and The Italians, but I wanted to give my […] Read More
Query By Example YYYY-MM
Query by Example to Extract YYYY-MM from a Date Column - I was answering a question for a student in one of my online training courses this week. The question was, “Do you know of a way in power query to efficiently extract YYYY-MM from a Date column?” This can be done ‘manually’ with multiple steps including: Extract the Year into 1 column Extract the Month […] Read More
Copy measures between PBIX files
Copy Measures Between 2 Power BI Files - I have often been asked (and wondered myself) if it were possible to move all the measures from one Power BI PBIX file into another.  Imagine you have 2 PBIX files with similar data models (similar enough that the measures will be substantially the same).  It doesn’t matter how you got to this point – […] Read More
Power BI Desktop Release Date History – Using Power BI - I was chatting to a few of my Power BI buddies during the week about when we thought the December 2018 update would be released.  It seemed to me that under normal circumstances the new version is released on or about the first Monday (US time) on or after the 3rd or 4th day of […] Read More
Importing XLSB into Power BI - I had a question from one of my online Power BI Training students just this week who was struggling to import data from a large *.xlsb Excel file.  I suggested she save the file as an XLSX file and try again – and that worked a treat.  But the question is why?  I had an […] Read More
Moving Queries from Power BI Desktop to Dataflows - A few weeks ago I wrote an article introducing dataflows in Power BI and discussed why you should care about them.  There are a few questions that have been spinning around in my head since then, significantly: What implication is there to the Power BI Golden Dataset as a result of the new dataflows? Should I […] Read More
Power BI Dataflows, and Why You Should Care - Microsoft recently released a new feature in Power BI called “Dataflows”.  You may have seen it pop up in a recent release of Power BI Desktop under Home\Get Data\Power BI Dataflows (beta) as shown below. It is also visible when you log into PowerBI.com and go to an App Workspace as shown in 1 below.  […] Read More
Create a Power BI Slicer Panel - There is nothing worse than having a Power BI report that has 50% of the space taken up with slicers.  When this happens, you only get half the page to visualise the actual data.  But on the flip side, if you don’t have the slicers it can be harder for the report users to filter […] Read More
Data Profiling in Power BI - Today Microsoft released the October 2018 update of Power BI Desktop.  One of the fabulous new features that has been released is the ability to get a visual profile of your data in Power Query BEFORE you load the data.  This new feature is typical of the type of development effort Microsoft is investing in […] Read More
Extending Power BI With R Visuals - Level: Intermediate Matt: This is the second one in a series of articles from Parker Stevens. In this article he talks about using R with Power BI. If you missed his first article “Introduction to DirectQuery” you can read it here. Parker: Power BI comes with a ton of built-in features but eventually you might […] Read More
Your Vote Makes a Difference - Microsoft has always been great at building and delivering world class robust commercial software, but it hasn’t always been great at listening to specific customer concerns about gaps in the software. All this has changed now, and Microsoft now has a clearly defined process to ask its customers what is important to them, and then […] Read More
New Power BI Reports from a Golden Dataset - This is a further (third) update/edit to an article I first wrote on 18th April 2017 and then updated on 30th Jan 2018.  When I update my articles I simply change the original post with the latest data – that way only the current/latest version is available preventing people stumbling on old advice. As Power […] Read More
I’m Presenting at SQL Saturday Melbourne and Sydney - I’m presenting again this year at SQL Saturday Melbourne (30th June 2018) and Sydney (7th July 2018).  My topic this year will be “DAX as a Query Language“. What is SQL Saturday? SQL Saturday is an annual 1 day event that is held in many cities around the world.  It is a day when SQL professionals take a […] Read More
My Supercharge Excel and Supercharge Power BI Books Available on Amazon - After what seems like a lifetime of waiting for the paperback book economy to tick its required boxes, both of my new books Supercharge Excel and Supercharge Power BI are now available to ship to most countries in the world from Amazon.com. This is a good opportunity for me to clarify how these new books […] Read More
Time Intelligence Using DAX - Level: Intermediate Last week I presented a webinar with Chuck Sterling (from Microsoft) on the topic of Time Intelligence.  This was a YouTube broadcast event that anyone could join live, however it has also been recorded and can be watched at any time (see below). This article is a follow up from that webinar with […] Read More
Introduction to DirectQuery - Level: Intermediate to Advanced Matt here.  I recently met Parker Stevens online through LinkedIn – he too is a Power BI fan, just like me.  Parker has shared a few techniques with me that I found very interesting.  These topics have not been covered on my blog before and hence I thought it was a […] Read More