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Scenario Analysis (What Ifs) Tips & Techniques For Power BI

by EnterpriseDNA Regular Visitor on ‎11-04-2018 04:18 PM - last edited Thursday by Administrator await

Today, I wanted to cover in detail some fantastic scenario analysis techniques you can use inside of Power BI. Power BI is an amazing tool if you want to predict what may happen in the future or alternatively see what could have happened in the past based on certain variables changing in your data.








by Administrator vrisch ‎11-02-2018 06:39 AM - edited ‎11-05-2018 04:41 AM

Here are some FAQ's to help you troubleshoot your sign in challenges . . . 


The Power BI Community Has Made a Big Change!

by Administrator await ‎10-31-2018 06:55 AM - edited ‎10-31-2018 08:36 AM

We’ve made a big change to the Power BI community! We’ve streamlined the sign-in process so that when you’re signed in to Power BI, you’ll be signed into the community. No need to keep track of separate passwords or credentials with the ‘single sign on’ experience.


Are you working on big data and want to leverage the powerful capabilities of Power BI desktop? Then Incremental Refresh is a key feature to learn. It makes data refreshes faster and more reliable with less resource consumption.


Fixing Total Errors In Power BI - I Know It Can Be Frustrating

by EnterpriseDNA Regular Visitor ‎10-25-2018 07:25 PM - edited ‎10-25-2018 07:41 PM

With today's post I wanted to run through some examples of how you can solve errors in your totals within Power BI. Via the Enterprise DNA Support Forum, I get to see a lot of issues and requests that users who are working in Power BI Desktop have.


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The Power BI Community is Making Changes: More Details!

by Administrator await on ‎10-24-2018 06:35 PM - last edited on ‎11-02-2018 06:40 AM by Administrator vrisch

On October 31, we're rolling out a big change to the Power BI community. We’re streamlining the sign-in process – once you’re signed in to Power BI, you’ll be signed into the community. No need to keep track of separate passwords or credentials with the ‘single sign on’ experience!


Find a Power BI Event near you

by Super User on ‎10-19-2018 02:22 PM - last edited on ‎10-23-2018 09:09 AM by Administrator await

Want to find a Power BI event in your local community?  Or maybe you are travelling and want to see what events may be happening while you are at your destination?  We have the solution for you.


Iterating Functions - SUMX & AVERAGEX, Why You Need To Understand These Well

by EnterpriseDNA Regular Visitor ‎10-18-2018 04:49 PM - edited ‎10-18-2018 05:43 PM

If you are creating some analysis inside of Power BI and you’re utilizing DAX measures, then having a superior understanding of how ITERATING functions work is very important. This is what this particular post will showcase to you - understanding how important these functions are.


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The Power BI Community is Making Changes

by Administrator await ‎10-17-2018 04:35 PM - edited ‎10-17-2018 04:39 PM

On October 31, we're rolling out a big change to the Power BI community to meet Microsoft security standards and significantly reduce the amount of spam coming into our community.


Working With Financial Years In Power BI

by EnterpriseDNA Regular Visitor ‎10-11-2018 07:19 AM - edited ‎10-11-2018 07:23 AM

In today's post, I wanted to cover a few examples of how you can incorporate financial years into your Power BI models and reports. Sometimes, your date tables won’t have the custom financial years that you require for your analysis. Not only could it be financial years but you might also need to bring into filters your financial quarters.


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Core chart types and how to best use them

by MirandaLi Frequent Visitor ‎10-10-2018 04:46 PM - edited ‎10-10-2018 04:50 PM

If you are an adventurous kind, you might discover a vast array of fancy chart types beyond the regulars you see or use every day: Sankey chart, spider chart (radar), waffle chart, candle stick chart, stream graph, sunburst, word cloud, stacked bubbles, and you name it. At some point, you might start to question: do I really need to know every visualization display ever created to be an effective analyst? My advice is: master core chart types first before getting fancy! It’s like storing house-fixing tools in your garage.


Developing with Power BI Embedding (Part 2)

by TedPattison on ‎10-08-2018 05:42 AM - last edited on ‎10-09-2018 06:25 AM by Administrator await

In Part 2 of this blog series, I will discuss the purpose of dedicated capcities and explain the differences between Power BI Premium and Power BI Embedded. I will also provide the neccessary details so you can choose the right type of dedicated capacity for a particular scenario.


Financial Reporting Tips For Power BI

by EnterpriseDNA Regular Visitor on ‎10-04-2018 04:55 AM - last edited on ‎10-08-2018 06:33 AM by Administrator await

In this post I wanted to go into a few financial reporting tips you can utilize inside Power BI. Many of you who have been using Power BI since it was re-released a few years ago know that financial reporting inside of the tables we were given has been relatively difficult.


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Developing with Power BI Embedding (Part 1)

by TedPattison on ‎09-30-2018 07:44 PM - last edited on ‎10-01-2018 02:37 PM by Administrator await

Power BI provides developers with Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) capabilities which make it possible to embed Power BI resources into custom applications. By learning to use a set of APIs created by the Power BI team at Microsoft, a developer can embed Power BI reports, dashboards and dashboard tiles into custom web applications that target the browsers, tablets and mobile devices.


Cumulative Totals In-Depth - The Many Variations In Power BI

by EnterpriseDNA Regular Visitor ‎09-27-2018 04:49 PM - edited ‎09-27-2018 04:57 PM

Today, I want to talk about cumulative totals. I want to do a deep dive into a few ways that you can create these inside of Power BI. In this first tutorial, I want to show you the most common pattern which you can utilize to create cumulative totals in a dynamic way.


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October 2018 Update for Power BI Embedding Webinar with Ted Pattison

by Administrator await ‎09-26-2018 05:54 PM - edited ‎09-26-2018 05:54 PM

Join Ted Pattison and Charles Sterling as they discuss the latest updates to the Power BI embedding features offered through the Power BI Service. 


Best Practices For Power BI Desktop Development

by EnterpriseDNA Regular Visitor ‎09-20-2018 05:37 PM - edited ‎09-20-2018 05:39 PM

In this post, I want to dive into some of my best practices for Power BI Desktop development. I think bringing all these ideas together will give you a very good understanding of how I like to approach all Power BI reporting and analysis that I complete myself.


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If you are attending Ignite 2018, stop by to meet the Business Applications Communities Team in the Microsoft Showcase Area on Level 2 in the West Hall of the Orange County Convention Center.


A requirement that we face very often in our projects is to be able to easily re-use multiple measures particularly when dealing with similar data models on a standard data source like for example cloud-based accounting systems like Dynamics, Xero, QuickBooks etc.


Today, I want to touch on a really fascinating topic inside of Power BI. I call this one virtual tables. If you can start understanding how to incorporate virtual tables inside your DAX functions, you will quickly see the opportunities to extend your analysis even further.







09/27/18 Webinar: Using SVG Images in Power BI

by Administrator await ‎09-11-2018 04:23 PM - edited ‎09-11-2018 04:26 PM

Join Charles Sterling and David Eldersveld as they walk through how you can work with SVG images as Image URLs in Power BI.


SWITCH True Logic In Power BI - What's Possible With This

by EnterpriseDNA Regular Visitor ‎09-06-2018 04:35 PM - edited ‎09-06-2018 05:56 PM

Today I wanted to cover what I call SWITCH True logic. If you haven't used the SWITCH function yet, you certainly should be. It's a far superior way to write complex logic which is traditionally done with nested IF statements if you come from an Excel background.







Non Standard Date Analysis In Power BI - 445/544 Calendars

by EnterpriseDNA Regular Visitor ‎09-02-2018 07:08 PM - edited ‎09-02-2018 07:10 PM

In this post, I want to dive into how you can run analysis in Power BI with a non-standard calendar. This is quite a common occurrence out there because not everyone works on the standard calendar and standard months, weeks, quarters, etc.







In this detailed post, I wanted to focus on time patterns. I will show you four different examples of ways you can utilize time intelligence functions effectively inside Power BI. Hopefully, by going through these examples you'll see the versatility of this great grouping of DAX functions available to us inside Power BI.


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How to Realize Dynamic Asymmetric Reports in Power BI / Excel

by karaoan on ‎08-28-2018 05:29 PM - last edited on ‎08-30-2018 10:42 AM by MindyJ Frequent Visitor

In this blog we cover how to realize asymmetric reporting requirements dynamically in a Power BI Matrix or Pivot Table. This is a typical requirements in financial forecasting and reporting.


How to realize dynamic financial statements with calculated subtotals

by karaoan ‎08-28-2018 04:56 PM - edited ‎08-28-2018 04:57 PM

As I see lots of ongoing questions and misinformed comments (“Power BI can’t be used for financial statements”). Here I will cover a simple approach how you can realize financial statements with dynamically calculated subtotals like profit and loss (P/L), balance sheet, cash flow etc.


Establish a multiform data production and communication strategy

by MirandaLi Frequent Visitor on ‎08-21-2018 02:54 PM - last edited on ‎08-21-2018 03:43 PM by MindyJ Frequent Visitor

For many of us who work in data analytics for long time, you may notice that producing great data reports and dashboards alone doesn’t always generate desired outcomes. Why? Because data reports and dashboards are usually exploratory by nature and self-service oriented. In addition, they usually don’t have rich text to explain why certain charts and data points are meaningful in what context, not mentioning the usual lack of graphical elements that make data fun and interesting to read. 


Today, I want to run through a few different budgeting techniques and examples that you can use in Power BI. Running budgeting analysis in Power BI can sometimes become complex and difficult. The biggest reason is that a lot of times you're dealing with data at different granularities.


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Using VALUE parameter in RANKX

by Super User on ‎08-15-2018 12:58 AM




How to do a real VLOOKUP in Power BI (or expand just certain rows after a merge)

by Super User ‎08-12-2018 06:16 AM - edited ‎08-12-2018 06:30 AM

Merging tables with the same granularity in the query editor will return the same than a VLOOKUP in Excel. Do you know how to achieve this if there are multiple rows per key in the lookup table (and you just want to return the first ... or the last)?


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