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How to use Data Driven Settings to Control Power BI Reports

It is easy to look at Power BI dashboards as static, but you can use some old school techniques to provide the ability the generate dynamic content using data-driven global settings that will be available to all your report developers. These techniques will allow your published reports to remain unchanged but allow the reports to dynamically reflect default information shown to the user, such as Current Month, Report Comments and even a time stamp of the last data source update.

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How to Architect Your Power BI Solution

The best place to start when learning to develop Power BI solutions is to review the logical architecture your Data Visualization projects will have. There are many moving parts and pieces to a Power BI solution, especially when looking at the varied data sources you can use. From on-premises to web-based, from public to confidential, you must make sure you expose your data securely. Having a good clear architecture will help you achieve a not only a good solution but also a secure one. The following article will show you how you can architect your own solution.

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How to Use and Refresh Power BI Using OneDrive Data Sources

One of the challenges for users with Power BI is being able to use a data source that you can update and flow those changes to your Power BI dashboards and reports. Using an Excel file in OneDrive for Business allows you to have multiple users update data, connect to a data source and schedule an automated refresh without having a lot of infrastructure. The following walkthrough will show you how you can leverage this feature for your own solution.

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Late Night Database Audits and eBay don’t Mix Or How Steve Jobs, Apple Engineers and $60 Reignited My Passion

So, I just unpacked my “new” Apple Macintosh Classic. My line I gave my family today is that “Lates nights, balancing databases and eBay don’t mix”. But as it sits there, I am finding an amazing flood of emotion and inspiration that has been missing of late, let me explain.

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SQL Azure Stored Procedure Automation Using Runbooks and Email

Minimize the impact on SQL Automation workflows when migrating to SQL Azure by automating stored procedures using Runbooks and E-mail.  This step by step tutorial and walkthrough will review a solution to provide scheduling via Azure Runbooks with integrated O365 email alerts.

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Effective Data Visualization – My 3 Key Lessons

I must say that I enjoy articles that teach me something new from people who have a great depth of knowledge about a topic.  I read an article by Avinash Kaushik,  Create High-Impact Data Visualizations: Nine Effective Strategies, which covers nine strategies while reviewing sixteen visualizations. It reminded me of three key learnings I have had over my career.

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Fuzzy Matching for PowerBI with RScripts

PowerBI has the ability to mashup data from different sources; this may introduce problems when joining or matching data between systems. I was able to get around this issue by leveraging an R script from an article in the community. As a consultant there is a rule that if you use something from the community, you need to give back and particularly if you use it twice, you have to write a blog post. This is such a post.

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How to use Date vs Date Hierarchy in Power BI

PowerBI has built-in date hierarchy features that seem to cause confusion in not only new users but experienced users. This article shows you how to avoid errors.  

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4 Step PowerBI L​earning Plan Visualization

Visualizations can make even the most mundane information more accessible and easier to digest. I put together these two facts to make a visualization out of my lesson plan that the students could take away as a memory jogger when they get back to their offices.

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4 Key Power BI Learning Resouces​

There is a very active community around PowerBI with many sites specializing in different aspects of the product. The following 4 resources are ones I always fall back on recommending that provide both beginner and advanced users learning resources.

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