It’s been an exciting time for Power BI users as the highly anticipated features and updates have been released. Here’s a recap of the most notable features and improvements to Power BI Desktop, Power BI Mobile and Cloud Service, and Power BI Report Server from the last several months.

Power BI Desktop

Details on the latest updates published can be found here, and several notable features are highlighted below.

  • Combo Charts – advanced features now give you the option to customize the line styles and have that optionally reflected in your legend.
  • NEW feature, Q&A Explorer – create a way to integrate a Q&A experience into your report by allowing others to ask questions about the data
  • Action Buttons – add these buttons to create actions on
  • Custom Visuals – multiple updates
    • Organizational Visuals – more easily manage and share custom visualizations with your team
    • CloudScope Overview – a new presentation visual to display list-oriented data with multiple fields, appearing in a similar format to Instagram
    • Enhanced Map Visuals
  • Data Connectors now available:
    • Adobe Analytics
    • SAP HANA – Improvements
    • Dynamics 365 Business Central

Power BI Mobile and Cloud Service

  • The NEW feature update for persistent filters will allow a user to save with the current state of filters. Fantastic update for the daily users!
  • Microsoft achieved HITRUST Common Security Framework 8.1 certification for Power BI which adds to their growing list of certifications and attestations.
  • Updates to the data gateway have been added to improve on-premise data synchronization and querying.

Power BI Report Server

March 2018 brought several updates to the on-premise Power BI Report Server.  Read more on all the updates available here, as we highlight a few key items:

  • NEW bookmarking feature saves specific states of your report, allowing you to tell a story with your data.
  • Increase in interactive capabilities
  • Improved report authoring and query editing
  • Performance improvements across the board, especially with Direct Query
    • Combine additive and non-additive aggregates into single query
    • Improved handling of queries with a large number of literals
    • Use of a single SQL query rather than multiple for some visuals and calculations
    • Optimized queried to reduce post-aggregation
    • Optimized use of TREATAS in calculations

Never has there been a better time to move your organization to enterprise adoption of Power BI.  We believe key elements of adoption are:

  • Changing data culture to move to decentralized approach to analytics
  • Establishing data governance for the self-service BI model
  • Manage self-service content
  • Training to prepare for self-service insights
  • Engagement with the user community

Contact us to learn how Think Data Insights can assist you in achieving these key elements of Power BI adoption. You will be able to transform your data into live dashboards and user-friendly reports that will help you find the answers to your company’s most important questions.