Power BI with ArcGIS Maps on the BlueGranite Blog

Over time, this personal blog (somehow) became a Power BI mapping blog. As a result, it would seem odd to not address the newly announced Esri collaboration and ArcGIS Maps for Power BI here. My thoughts on the announcement from the Microsoft Ignite conference, however, have been expressed on the BlueGranite blog. Take a look: https://www.blue-granite.com/blog/power-bi-arcgis-maps-closes-a-critical-gap Once the…

TopoJSON Map Files for Power BI Shape Map

About a month ago, I started a collection of TopoJSON map files in response to a request on the Power BI Community forum. TopoJSON is D3’s preferred format, which is why Power BI users have suddenly found themselves learning more about it after the Shape Map was released. It is an optimized and lightweight cousin…

5 Ways to Create Maps in Microsoft Power BI

UPDATED June 3, 2017: There have been a year’s worth of updates to Power BI since this “5 Ways” post was originally published. Please see the updated “10 Ways to Create Maps in Microsoft Power BI” instead. -David   ***************************   Now there are 7 Ways to Create Maps in Microsoft Power BI…   UPDATED…

R Visuals or Custom Visuals in Microsoft Power BI?

Over the past few years, there has been a movement in R to create packages that bind to JavaScript libraries to make R more interactive. Notably, htmlwidgets and rCharts are two examples that come to mind. In an IDE like R Studio or a framework such as Shiny, the enhanced visualization appears and functions like it would if…

R Maps in Microsoft Power BI: Small Multiples

After an initial introduction to R maps in Power BI, let’s explore another topic: small multiples. This technique is used to make comparisons by showing variations of the same map plotted together in a grid. It is not limited to maps though. Nearly every type of plot could work well when viewed as a small multiple.   Small multiples…

R Maps in Microsoft Power BI: Getting Started

Are you using maps in Power BI but desire more control over the final visual? The following tutorial introduces the potential for using R to move beyond the default maps in Power BI. Starting with basics, we will step through a series of simple maps that plot airfield locations in the Great Lakes region of the United States. Although there are many mapping…