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Time intelligence without date column


It looks like i stumbled upon a problem that i can't solve. I'm even starting to think it's unsolvable 🙂


I'm fetching data from sql:

ProjectTime spentTime planned


What i am trying to do is to add a column with last refresh date and append the table to another with historical data. So, that i have a log for every day with the values:


ProjectTime spentTime plannedDate


With rows added everyday.

Could you please help me out?

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Community Support

Hi @ChrisClever 


Agree that Power BI is not a database to hold all historical data.


In this case, you could export data from this table into another table in database daily (maybe need more DB experience or automatic tools) and add a Date column in the new table which records when new data is inserted. Then connect to this new table with Power BI. You can also export data into other data sources like Excel or CSV files with exporting datetime in filenames. Then connect to these files and combine them into one table with Power Query Editor. 


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This is not time intelligence. This is trying to get Power BI to act like a database.


I think there are some convoluted hacks using incremental load that could achieve this but I'd strongly recommend using a different tool for creating and storing historical data.

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