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).…

Configuring Postman for Use with the Power BI REST API

Reading Time: 4 minutes Postman is a valuable tool to work with APIs, especially when testing and making ad hoc requests outside of an automated production solution. In terms of where a Power BI developer may find Postman useful, it sits somewhere between the documentation’s “Try It” functionality and a more production-worthy solution incorporating tools like Azure DevOps, Logic…

How To Obtain a Power BI Custom Visual If It No Longer Appears on AppSource

Reading Time: 4 minutes AppSource is the digital marketplace where Microsoft makes many add-on resources available for a variety of products. This marketplace includes Power BI custom visuals, and you can use the in-product option to Import from AppSource or go to the site directly ( https://appsource.microsoft.com/en-us/marketplace/apps?product=power-bi-visuals). This marketplace of free and freemium visuals has hundreds of visuals. There’s…

Extending Power BI Buttons Beyond the Default Icons

Reading Time: 4 minutes Power BI buttons provide more interactivity in reports, and different states allow unique formatting when users interact with a button. What are the visual icons available when using buttons in Power BI, and is it possible to extend them? Button Icons Power BI has a handful of button icons that provide cues for user interactions.…