Four Core Differences Between the Tableau and Power BI Data Models

Reading Time: 4 minutes Tableau recently released a logical data model in version 2020.2, while a similar semantic layer has been core to Microsoft Power BI since its inception. Power BI’s “tabular” model has a shared lineage across Microsoft products that predates Power BI itself (Power Pivot for Excel and Analysis Services have the same engine as Power BI).…

Tableau to Power BI: Dashboard Layout & Size

Reading Time: 5 minutes The distribution of various charts and other objects on a canvas is a key part of creating meaningful data visualization. For anyone coming to Power BI from Tableau, what might they expect the experience to be when designing the basic layout of a dashboard (er…”report”)? In this post, I cover some of the key differences…

Tableau to Power BI: Viz in Tooltip

Reading Time: 3 minutes Continuing the series on “translating” Tableau to Power BI, let’s consider Tableau’s Viz in Tooltip. The versatile Viz in Tooltip allows authors to embed content from one or more sheets into the tooltip of another visualization. When hovering over a mark, a filtered view of the tooltip appears. The rough equivalent in Power BI is the Report…

Tableau to Power BI: Highlighting with Set Actions

Reading Time: 3 minutes A few months ago, I started a series of posts about “translating” Tableau functionality to Power BI functionality and terminology (FIXED LOD example). Continuing that series, one of the new features in Tableau 2018.3 is the concept of Set Actions, which allows users to build interactivity between sheets on a dashboard. Andy Cotgreave wrote a…