Microsoft Power BI Desktop | October 2018 Update

Categories: Data & AI Product Updates
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It's time to review the latest Power BI releases for October. If you're a Power BI reseller, this will cover the points you need to know. Remember to check out last month's feature releases in September's blog too, if you missed it at the time.

Power BI Capacity Monitoring App

Customers will benefit from a new capacity monitoring app that has been embedded by Power BI's developers into Azure. It will allow users to make more confident and data-powered decisions when working with embedded capacity on the system. Note that the release provides key data for both Embedded and Premium Power BI capabilities. Users can drill down to individual metrics at dataset and workspace level and view refresh data, especially if scaling is required at a defined time or if problematic datasets have been identified for further investigation. Capacity admins can simply download the app to their workspace - but they will need to add fresh permissions before installation.

Embed capabilities, with advanced URL

Users will appreciate the newly advanced filter release which allows greater complexity of both operators and definitions, with additional URL report filtering. It won't be necessary to use JS API - now, pre-filtered reporting simplifies the process and query string parameters can be added to report URLs to support embed scenarios.

Lifecycle management and automation

The new API for updating data sources will allow users to switch between data services by using programmatic connection details. Users no longer have to update connections between on-premise databases and the Cloud to make changes. Now, as reports and datasets are ready to set live, users can simply point to the data source production point, rather than changing the connection - regardless of what it was previously. This supports life-cycle management, such as for when staging is in Azure but production data is sourced on Premise. Users will need to define the new data source credentials when they update connections.

ASCII characters now supported for USERNAME security at row-level

When users integrate Power BI with an application, they typically configure a dataset role using the desktop version of Power BI, to dynamically set row-level security. This username function can actually be used to apply a value to any field - however, until now, it has only been usable with UPM values. Now, ASCII characters can be passed into the field without any data adjustment. DAX can also be used for dynamic parsing and filtering of multiple values.

Quick report loading time

Power BI continues to improve its speed and functionality, and users are advised to use the SDK Power BI client version to make the most of the latest feature releases and enhancements. The NPM package and Nuget packages should both be installed.

New visuals for R Custom developers

Last but not least, the gallery of HTML widgets has been advanced for creating custom visuals and made simpler with a single visual custom project which has over 20 interactive visuals for use.

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