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First look at Power BI Report Server

by darogael Frequent Visitor on ‎06-06-2017 11:46 AM

Power BI Report Server Preview was made available early May 2017 and this blog walks you through the installation, configuration and ends with a demo. The demo video shows how a report can built and added to the Power BI Report Server.


Holiday giving by the Power BI Community

by Power BI Admin chass ‎12-13-2016 04:35 PM - edited ‎12-13-2016 09:10 PM

See how a Power BI MVP, Avi Singh gave back to the Power BI Community


Sentiment Analysis in Power BI

by DataChant Member on ‎08-04-2016 10:35 PM - last edited on ‎08-22-2016 04:28 PM by Power BI Admin Sandy

You may think that Sentiment Analysis is the domain of data scientists and machine learning experts, and that its incorporation to your reporting solutions is the domain of advanced developers and expansive IT projects. Well, today this is going to change.


Today I will show you how to gain Sentiment Analysis insights without the help of machine learning gurus or software ninjas. All you need to do is open your Power Bi Desktop and follow the steps below.


Oh, and to make it fun, let's pretend we are the social media analysts of the US Presidential Candidates, and analyze the sentiment of their Facebook posts. When we are done, we will be able to tell who is more positive on Facebook, Trump or Clinton, and if we see a trend of positivity or negativity over time.


Are you ready to begin? Here is the dashboard you will be able to create if you continue reading.




On previous blog posts, I have showed you how to create monitoring dashboards for both Google Analytics and Adwords.

I use those dashboards myself even though I am not a big fan of monitoring dashboards. Here is why:


Are monitoring dashboards useful? Yes, they surely are, specially in picking up variances and allowing you to react and learn from changes.


Are they needed? I would like to answer NO to that one.


One of the greatest features that Google analytics have, is Intelligence alerts where you get an email when variances occur (set up by google and yourself) and therefore you eliminate the need for those awful monitoring dashboards.


Can we do this in Power BI? Yes, with a but..


Past releases in power bi have seen new enterprise related capabilities coming out which lets you manage power bi usage within your organisation. Few such feature that came out with Power BI desktop April update is query parameters and template files. In this blog post we will look at how to utilise those two features within power bi desktop to meet specific organisation needs.


Ever wonder why some questions get answered so quickly while others languish or are seemingly completely ignored? Fear not, this article will help guide you into getting your question answered quickly by the Power BI Community.


Creating Custom reports with the ability to filter data by predefined shifts and customized time ranges.


Have you seen SandDance? The new visualization for Power BI?

I spent some hours during my easter holidays playing around with it and here are my findings and thoughts about it.


There is not a lot of information available yet for it, so some of my comments/ findings below might be mistaken. Please feel free to correct me if that is the case.Smiley Happy


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