Exploring Big Data: Course 2 – Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Power BI

(This is course #2 of my review of the Microsoft Professional Program in Big Data) Course #2 of 10 – Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Power BI Foreword: For the Analyzing and Visualizing Power BI course, I have asked my outstanding colleague Steve Taylor to share his experience recently completing the course. I originally took…

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My Journey into the Microsoft Professional Program in Big Data

  Exploring Big Data with the Microsoft Professional Program After the introduction of a very successful online education curriculum focusing on Data Science, Microsoft recently announced its next Microsoft Professional Program (MPP) in Big Data. I absolutely loved the Data Science program and have decided to start on the Big Data courses this week. During…

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Power BI Desktop and “The Case of the Missing Taskbar Icon”

Power BI Desktop and “The Case of the Missing Taskbar Icon” For the past two years, I’ve installed and reinstalled Power BI Desktop builds hundreds of times on numerous machines. My typical pattern is to install the software and pin it to the taskbar. After pinning the application to the taskbar, I see the standard…

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IP Address Mapping in Power BI

I recently assisted in troubleshooting an issue where the error logs contained several unknown IP addresses. During this process, I created a quick dashboard in Power BI to display the location of these IP addresses on a map to get a better understanding of where the machines were located. I used a free service from…

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SQL Nexus 2017 Conference Recap

SQL Nexus 2017 – Conference Recap   Nearly 500 Microsoft data professionals attended SQL Nexus 2017 this week in Copenhagen, Denmark, with specialized tracks covering data platform, business intelligence, application and DB development, database administration, AI/data science, and IoT. I was honored to attend this year for the second time as a speaker for two…

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Tracking LinkedIn and Twitter social media shares in Power BI

How to: Retrieve Twitter & LinkedIn share totals for a list of URLs in Power BI / Power Query / M If you have a Power BI or Power Query report that contains a list of URLs, the following M functions can be used to add the number of times the URL has been shared…

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Adding a Continent Slicer to Power BI Reports

HOW TO: Adding a Continent Slicer to Power BI Reports After building Power BI reports for many customers over the past couple years, one thing is certain – people love maps. Nearly every organization I support operates at a global scale, with offices (or business) spanning the world. I’ve recently starting using this small trick…

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Comparing Table Styles in Power BI

Tip: Use table styles to improve the look of your table data in Power BI As I continue to work with customers who are new to Power BI, a common pattern I’m noticing is that people aren’t aware of the table style option in the format pane. The following screen shot shows the 9 different…

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Sorting by Month Names in Power BI

How do I sort by month number instead of alphabetically by month name in Power BI? As I continue to work with customers to develop Power BI dashboards, this topic of sorting month columns comes up quite often. There are a few great threads and blog entries with instructions, but the following screenshots and steps…

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