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On this blog you will find articles, guides and information created by our community members and, from time to time, roundups and community news.

I wanted to run through some fantastic visualization techniques that you can incorporate into your Power BI models and reports.  The first one is what I call Multi-Threaded dynamic visuals and the second one is Multi-Measure dynamic visuals.









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

by EnterpriseDNA Regular Visitor on ‎11-04-2018 04:18 PM - last edited on ‎11-08-2018 02:01 PM 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.







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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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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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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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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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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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.







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. 


Using VALUE parameter in RANKX

by Super User on ‎08-15-2018 12:58 AM




As an application of data visualization best practice, here's a way to draw attention to a particular dimension value (e.g. a particular product category) whilst still showing others for context, by means of a simple DAX pattern!




And the award goes to Power BI

by gurukpm Frequent Visitor ‎07-11-2018 09:30 PM - edited ‎07-11-2018 09:39 PM

Thanks to Power BI for solving our issues and giving an award-winning performance for Redmond Tamil School!


Follow the World Cup in Power BI

by ruthpozuelo on ‎06-18-2018 04:54 AM - last edited on ‎06-19-2018 10:30 AM by MindyJ Frequent Visitor

Do you have the World Cup fever yet? 


That is where Power BI comes to the rescue.  Smiley Happy


I have built a Power BI file to follow the World Cup and I decided to show you how I created it while creating it.  Smiley Happy


You can download it at the end of the post if you want it or follow it live here:





Conditional Formatting in Power BI Tables

by Hardik Established Member on ‎05-29-2018 09:34 PM - last edited on ‎05-31-2018 05:42 PM by MindyJ Frequent Visitor

An Easy Way to Convert Boring Tables Into a Meaningful Insight


Switching Dimensions Based on Slicer Selection

by ThirdI Frequent Visitor on ‎05-16-2018 04:49 AM - last edited on ‎05-22-2018 10:00 AM by MindyJ Frequent Visitor

I recently came across a customer who was looking for a way to switch the dimensions dynamically using a slicer.  In this blog, I’ll be sharing how I could do it in Power BI. This can be understood using the following example:


Switching the dimensions of a bar chart between Daily and Monthly based on the slicer selection.


Share Power BI Desktop files with R scripts without the fear of missing packages.



Calculos a la fecha, MTD, YTD

by jbocachica Member on ‎04-23-2018 03:00 PM - last edited on ‎04-23-2018 03:03 PM by MindyJ Frequent Visitor

Se ve sencillo, sin embargo el comportamiento de las agregaciones disponibles nativamente en DAX no es tan amable como esperaba.


In this blog post I show how to use the new Parameters options in the Power BI Service.


Power BI Desktop: Custom Aggregations, Formatting and Performance Indicators (Part 2)

by Dianapo Visitor on ‎04-03-2018 10:09 AM - last edited on ‎04-17-2018 04:30 PM by MindyJ Frequent Visitor

 part2final.JPGIn part 2, gives step by step instructions on how to add color performance indicators based on the associated target.



Switch from Excel & PowerPoint to next-Gen dataviz (for Beginners)

by augustindelaf Member ‎03-22-2018 12:33 PM - edited ‎03-22-2018 12:33 PM

The purpose of the following article is to help people who would like to create simple dashboards for their Excel data, and to show them how easy it is.


Let's start with a very common issue we all faced once.  You have (a lot of) data in your Excel file, and until now you always built your reports with Excel charts and PowerPoint. But you have seen some Power BI reports, and you would love to be able to create some beautiful reports too.  



Dynamic TopN made easy with What If Parameter

by Super User ‎02-28-2018 04:37 PM - edited ‎02-28-2018 04:39 PM

This article shows how to use the TopN easily to enable your users to filter their data with a Slicer.


Fun with Graphing in Power BI - Part 3i

by Super User on ‎02-26-2018 10:08 PM - last edited on ‎05-22-2018 09:09 AM by MindyJ Frequent Visitor

Perhaps you thought there were no more fun graphing topics with Power BI after Part 1 and Part SQRT(4). Well, you would be wrong. You see, because they hate you, mathematicians treacherously strive to invent new ways to confound and befuddle actual human beings nearly every day. In 1975, one particularly vicious mathematician, Benoit B Mandelbrot used hundreds of years of research to create perhaps one of the most devious, spiteful and sadistic mathematical constructs...the fractal.


Fun with Graphing in Power BI - Part SQRT(4)

by Super User on ‎02-22-2018 10:44 AM - last edited on ‎05-22-2018 09:08 AM by MindyJ Frequent Visitor

Ah yes, stupid math humor. It's like the i talks to pi joke. You know, the one where i says to pi "Be rational!" and pi says to i, "Get real!". No? Oh well. You're probably better off that way.


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