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Monday, August 6, 2018

Watch for These Exciting New Power BI Features

Posted by Geoffrey Wayong

Happy birthday power bi imageHappy birthday to Microsoft Power BI, which just turned 3 years old last month! Even though Power BI is relatively young, it has grown a lot since its infancy and has been maturing as a strong option for a department-wide or enterprise-wide analytic tool.

At the recent Microsoft Business Applications Summit in Seattle, Microsoft unveiled more exciting improvements to Power BI. On the infrastructure side, for example, multi-geography capability will be supported on Power BI Premium, so if your enterprise has teams in different regions, Power BI performance can be optimized based on where they are located.

There are also new features for power users/developers. Power BI will now allow coloring by expressions and will also allow you to export report tabs to PDF. So, the tool can be built with greater flexibility and use cases.

Analysts will also start to experience a more pervasive artificial intelligence (AI) within Power BI. Users will be able to right-click on visuals and get insights about the data behind them and ask questions while keeping context of what was asked before. They will also see text and sentiment analysis supported by the Azure cognitive engine.

Users in general will see a new Power BI homepage and have the ability to personalize the view, including having the capability to search applications and see recommended applications based on what others in the organization use. Users will also be able to comment on specific content and visuals in dashboards and “alert” others via the comment section.

These are just some of the improvements we’ll be seeing in the coming months. If you weren’t able to attend the Business Applications Summit but want to learn more about these upcoming capabilities, check out the recorded session here: Power BI and the Future for Modern and Enterprise BI.

Geoffrey manages Armanino’s Business Intelligence technical team. He brings over 15 years of experience in enterprise application development, system integrations and business intelligence. Previously, he managed Microsoft Dynamics ERP/CRM implementations as well as integration / development team at Armanino.

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