DSC Position Request with Standard Horizon GX2200 and Lowrance Link8

One of the challenges of using VHF is when discussing fishing secrets you are sharing them with the entire world. DSC Calling can briefly solve this by enabling you to call a particular person and having them automatically switch to an obscure channel (by default #6) -but this conversation is still in the “open” and as most boats scan all…


How to create dynamic titles for a specific report using parameters

Earlier in the week i presented a webinar on: “What is new and exciting in Power BI” and presented how to add parameters to a set of reports.  In the Q&A i saw a couple of people asking about how to update their report titles based on parameters.  For instance in the Dashboard in an…


Free Power BI Webinars week of 7/17: Using Power BI to provide Team Foundation Server Dashboards and Power BI Mobile – Answering Your Business Questions

Next week brings you two exciting webinars. As per the tradition the first is from a noted industry expert showing people how to track their development efforts with Power BI and the second webinar from the Power BI mobile development team showing their latest features including and best practices.   Using Power BI to provide…


$150 Power BI training -Sacramento July 22nd (SQL Saturday Precon)

During the community webinars the most common question asked is:   Where do i find Power BI training? The standard answer is the EDX class by Will Thompson:  https://www.edx.org/course/analyzing-visualizing-data-power-bi-microsoft-dat207x-1.  Unfortunately this isn’t an instructor led course, which is what most people want; so when Angel Abundez and and the folks at DesignMind mentioned they are…


Free Power BI Community Webinar 7/26: Predictive Analytics Using Power BI with Machine Learning by David Brown

In this Webinar active local Seattle Usergroup leader, David Brown will show us how Predictive Analytics is being used in a large consumer goods company and a school district, combining the simple, scalable, cutting-edge power of Azure Machine Learning with the simple, usable, interface of Power BI to drive organizational improvements. ARCA Continental expects to…


PBIX bloat: a cause and the “solution”

Had a customer report that their 100kb Excel file was bloating to 77mb when imported into Power BI desktop. Turns out the behavior that customer was hitting is by design.  Which begs the questions: what is happening and why. Before we go into the underlying cause it is important to remember the underlying analytics engine…


Calling REST APIs and Parsing JSON made simple with Power BI

Most development teams and software architecture is moving to loosely coupled service libraries based on REST APIs passing JSON objects. Traditionally this is complex programing due to threading and paging with many “simple” samples requiring 100’s of lines of C#. What most people don’t know is calling REST end points and parsing the resultant JSON…


Week of June 27th Webinars: Microsoft covering Leveraging PowerApps and Marco Russo on DAX in Power BI: why you need to learn it

​This June 27th brings you a new product offering called PowerApps and one of the legends of the Power BI community Marco Russo.  The week of July 4th no webinars due to the US Independence day holiday..Enjoy your long weekend!     DAX in Power BI: why you need to learn it by Marco Russo…


Week of June 20th Webinars: Power BI Security and Introduction to M by Chris Webb

Going forward the Power BI team will be doing two webinars per week. The first will be on Tuesdays hosted by an industry expert or community leader sharing their knowledge, best practices and guidance with the world.  The second webinar held on Thursdays will be feature teams from the Power BI development team sharing with…


Resetting your Power BI password

This is blog is a work in progress and here just to catch my initial screen shots Have a couple people indicate resetting Passwords in Power BI is harder than it needs to be.  So thought i would take a look.     Step 1.  Run into a situation where you need to reset the…