Organizational Custom Visuals in Power BI

Reading Time: 3 minutes With the February Power BI Desktop and a recent companion Service update, you now have the option to add a customized collection of visuals for users. Companies may easily distribute their own or their favorite custom visuals to an entire tenant using Organizational Custom Visuals. This allows for rapid delivery of proprietary visuals without having…

New Map Styles in Power BI

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Power BI team recently added additional map styles for the Map and Filled Map that make them a more attractive option for data visualization. Alongside the Road and the Aerial themes, Power BI now has options for Light, Dark, and Grayscale. What do these options add, and why should you care? As I have…

In Gratitude for a Microsoft MVP Award

Reading Time: 1 minute Humbled and honored, I received an email from Microsoft late yesterday stating that I was awarded a 2017-2018 MVP for contributions to the Data Platform! Thank you to everyone who reads this blog, follows me on social media, and has helped put me in a position to receive this award! Thank you to Microsoft as well…

10 Ways to Create Maps in Microsoft Power BI

Reading Time: 6 minutes Update March 19, 2018: There are now many more than 10 ways to create maps in Power BI. Get the free Exploring Maps in Microsoft Power BI whitepaper from BlueGranite, and view the companion webinar:  Whitepaper: https://www.blue-granite.com/maps-power-bi-whitepaper Webinar: https://www.blue-granite.com/maps-in-power-bi-mar-2018   Original Post: Last year, I wrote a post entitled 5 Ways to Create Maps in Microsoft Power BI. With the…

Creating Slopegraphs in Power BI

Reading Time: 1 minute Did you know that it’s easy to transform Power BI’s Line Chart into a Slopegraph? No DAX or fancy workarounds are required. Slopegraphs are a great way to judge the rate and magnitude of change by looking at the steepness of a line’s slope. With a slopegraph, it is also easier to discern how different elements…

Throwing a Curve at the Power BI Line Chart

Reading Time: 6 minutes Last month, I explored how to take a Power BI area chart and make it into a unique “new” chart type using only data and DAX formulas. The line chart is also a candidate for a bit more flare. How can we go from a bland line chart… …to a more attractive, curved slopegraph? Many…

Is Power BI “Free” the same as a Personal version?

Reading Time: 2 minutes In a recent blog post, Matt Allington offered some good commentary on the new Power BI license changes. There’s a lot of content to go through in his post, so check it out. One thing in particular struck me though in that he equated Free with Personal (UPDATE: this is terminology Microsoft uses that Matt used as well).…