What to Expect from the Latest Power BI

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Are you an experienced data analytics expert or just starting out? Either way, you’re in for a treat with Microsoft’s Power BI. This is precisely because Microsoft consistently strives to enhance its data analytics and reporting capabilities, making Power BI a valuable tool for everyone. Here at SOLUZIONE, we’re thrilled to provide you with timely Power BI updates to help you maximize the potential of this powerful tool and stay at the forefront of data analytics.To begin, let’s take a quick look at what Power BI has to offer in general. It’s an incredible tool that can turn vast amounts of raw data into stunning reports and interactive Power BI dashboards, unveiling hidden patterns, trends, and actionable insights – all at your fingertips. It’s like having your very own data wizard, with no spellbook needed.

However, Power BI is more than just a tool it’s an entire universe of possibilities that’s constantly evolving. Microsoft regularly introduces new tools, features, updates, or even entirely new products that can completely revolutionize the way you work. Now without any further ado, let’s look at what to expect from the latest Power BI, focusing on its key capabilities.

1.Data Management and Governance

1.Enable Data Mesh Architecture

Power BI Premium introduces the concept of data mesh, enabling organizations to structure their data efficiently. This feature allows you to define domains reflecting your business units, associate workspaces with domains, enforce granular settings per domain, and optimize data consumption for certain domains.

2.Send Unique Paginated Reports via Email Subscriptions

Paginated reports are formatted reports that are designed for printing and sharing via email subscriptions. They are intended to keep a structured layout across multiple pages while ensuring that each recipient receives a unique copy of the report. This approach enhances the personalization, relevancy, and overall value of the reports.

3.Automate Migration from Azure Analysis Services

This feature simplifies migration from Azure Analysis Services to Power BI Premium Gen2. It brings improved performance, consolidation of BI artifacts, and additional capabilities exclusive to Power BI Premium, making migration seamless.

2.Data Visualization and Reporting

1.Create Reports in the Power BI Service with New Data Sources

This feature enables you to easily create reports in the Power BI Service with data from common file types, online services, and databases, eliminating the need for Power BI Desktop and copy-paste.

2.Single Visual Exploration

Power BI has introduced a new feature called “quick create” to help users explore single visuals more efficiently. In this dedicated exploration mode, users can focus on a single visual and utilize the power of AI in business intelligence (BI) to discover valuable insights hidden within their data.

3.Combine Existing Mapping Visuals with Azure Maps

The Azure Maps visual combines all existing mapping visuals (such as the use of shapes, points, shading, and more) into one, simplifying geographic data visualization while improving geographic data representation.

4.Create and Share Paginated Reports in Power BI Service

The Power BI web service empowers users to effortlessly create, tailor, and share a diverse range of operational reports using intuitive low-code, drag-and-drop features along with its user-friendly WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) web authoring interface.

5.Embedded Analytics Playground Enhancements

Developers can now explore embedded capabilities in BI more efficiently. This is due to enhancements that include a built-in log for code snippets and the flexibility to resize components (such as code editor, log, and report) for a smoother coding experience.

3.Data Modeling and Analysis

1.Dataset Authoring in the Power BI Service

Users can now perform modeling operations directly in the Power BI Service, allowing collaborative dataset editing. This includes the ability to add new measures or columns, edit format strings, manage Role Level Security (RLS), and adjust relationships. Additionally, MS Power BI offers a preview mode that will enable users to view the dataset directly in their browser.

2.Create and Run DAX Queries with Query View

Professional BI developers can now write and run Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) queries natively within Power BI, simplifying DAX query creation and execution. This streamlines the business intelligence development process, eliminating the need for external tools or Application Programming Interface (APIs).

3.Understanding Visual Calculations

The new visual calculation feature in Power BI empowers users to create calculations from any visual using an Excel grid-like interface. This simplifies the process of building complex formulas, such as running totals, by allowing users to reference previous values conveniently.

4.Author Calculation Groups

Calculation groups are a powerful feature that simplifies complex models by enabling the creation of reusable calculations. They specifically address redundancy in measures, which is common in scenarios involving time intelligence calculations.

5.Model Explorer for Efficient Modeling

Microsoft BI introduces Model Explorer, a valuable tool designed to boost productivity for business intelligence (BI) users. It organizes semantic model objects into a user-friendly tree structure. This is especially beneficial when building complex models or dealing with a large number of objects.

4.Security and Compliance

1. Microsoft Purview DLP Protective Action

To enhance data security, Power BI now integrates with Microsoft Purview Data Loss Prevention (DLP) policies. Administrators can use this integration to either block or allow sharing of datasets containing sensitive information with external guest users, ensuring the protection of sensitive data.

2.Improved Setting Delegation for Power BI Administration

This new feature empowers tenant administrators with greater flexibility by enabling them to delegate tenant-level settings to capacity and domain levels. It provides user-friendly controls for easy delegation management, whether it’s allowing or stopping it. This enhancement improves overall Power BI management and administration while lowering administrative overhead. Administrators can choose to maintain default settings or make adjustments as needed.

5.Performance Optimization

1.Optimize Ribbon in Power BI Desktop

The new Optimize ribbon in Power BI Desktop brings efficiency to your report authoring process. It includes features like ‘pause visual queries’ and ‘optimization presets.’ With these tools, you can now add or remove field list items from a visual without waiting for the visual to update. This enhancement is particularly beneficial for Direct Query reports and significantly enhances your report authoring experience.

2.Edit Relationships in the Properties Pane

In the modeling view, you can efficiently edit relationships by clicking on relationship lines in the properties pane. This user-friendly feature also allows you to edit multiple relationships simultaneously. It’s a streamlined interface that minimizes queries, making it particularly valuable for managing extensive data models, especially in DirectQuery mode.

3.Drill Through to Details in Paginated Reports

Power BI now supports drill-through functionality in paginated reports, similar to SQL Server Reporting Services. This feature enables you to create detailed report pages for specific entities, allowing users easy access to detailed information by simply clicking on data points within a summary report. Its key features include report-to-report linking, passing applied filters, migrating on-premises drill-through reports, and authoring reports in Power BI Report Builder with the “Go to report” feature.

4.Accessible Tablix Column Headers

Paginated reports now offer enhanced accessibility features, including tags for tablix and text box properties. In Power BI Report Builder, authors can easily enable headings for text boxes and column headers. This enhancement is designed to enhance the navigation experience for users who rely on screen readers.

5.Query Scale-Out for High Concurrency Workloads

Power BI Premium now supports query scale-out, enabling load balancing of user queries across multiple datasets read replicas. This significantly improves query response times, especially in high-concurrency scenarios.

6.Governance and Administration

1.Usage and Adoption Insights for Tenant Admins

Dedicated workspaces for administrators will provide historical datasets and reports to monitor and govern Power BI. This includes metadata for Power BI items, audit logs, reusable datasets, and out-of-the-box feature reporting.

2.Control Visual Formatting

New out-of-the-box formatting tools provide users more control over visuals’ appearance, including setting padding and margins or visuals, as well as better defaults to support best practices and new visuals.

3.View, Save, and Share Files in OneDrive and SharePoint

OneDrive and SharePoint integration is now generally available in Power BI, allowing users to easily save and share files with their teams, simplifying document co-location.

7.Collaboration & Sharing

1.Navigate by Workspaces in the Data Hub

Microsoft has extended the data hub feature to one central hub that will enable users to discover, curate, and manage data within Power BI. They can also conveniently filter data items by workspace, improving access efficiency.

Maximizing Your BI Experience

These features and updates in Microsoft Power BI cater to various capabilities, from data management and governance to data visualization and analysis, security, compliance, and performance optimization. Depending on your specific needs, you can leverage these capabilities to enhance your BI experience and make the most out of your data analytics endeavors. These are just some of the top features and updates in Microsoft Power BI, showcasing its capabilities in data management, visualization, modeling, security, and more. For more information, you can go to Microsoft’s official website.

Alternatively, you can stay tuned with Soluzione for more exciting Power BI developments as it continues to evolve and empower organizations in their data-driven journeys. Last but definitely not least our team of experts is there to guide, support, and assist you to get the best !