By Alison Box

Power BI in Practice

“Strictly Come Dancing” Telling the Story Behind the Numbers with Power BI

Back in March this year, I did think I'd be relieved of my duty of updating the Strictly Come Dancing Power BI Report to reflect another series. To be quite honest, I was hoping this would be the case. I first created the Report for Series 16, updated it for Series 17 but felt that perhaps the Report had now served its time. But who would've thought that "Strictly" would survive the Pandemic! So of course, I had no option… Read More

By Alison Box

DAX Power BI in Practice
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How DAX Treats Nulls & Zeros

In DAX there is a special way to identify null or empty values and that's by using a value called "blank". In order to return blank values, we can use the BLANK() function e.g. 10 Percent = IF ( Winesales[CASES SOLD] > 100, Winesales[CASES SOLD] * 0.1, BLANK () ) When constructing DAX expressions using IF, if you want to return BLANK() on the "Value if false" argument, you can just close off on the bracket because BLANK() is the… Read More

By Alison Box

Power BI in Practice
The Matrix

The 8th Secret of the Matrix Visual: Controlling Calculations and Labels on Subtotals

Since I wrote my blog on The 7 Secrets of the Matrix Visual in April 2019, the world has changed (in so many ways) and things have moved on with the Matrix Visual. With this in mind, I thought it was time for an update to that article. I've been wanting to do this for some time because I know from the popularity of my blog that lots of you are particularly excited by the Matrix (the visual that is,… Read More

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By Alison Box

Power BI in Practice
An example of a really bad Pie Chart

7 Secrets of the Pie Chart

I suppose I shouldn't really be writing this blog because the question has to be asked, why are you using a pie chart? But if you really must, at the very least make your pie charts unambiguous and preferably, interesting. Let's not have anything anymore that looks like this:- An example of a really bad pie chart! So I'm hoping that by revealing my seven secrets below, you'll either never use a pie chart again or at least you'll produce… Read More

By Stuart Box

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Sentiment Analysis in Power BI, analyse text reviews and a Premium tip.

Power BI is great at analysing numeric data. Numbers like values, costs, stock holdings and averages can all be worked up into informative charts and visualisations. But what if your data isn't like that? What if your data is more textual, like product reviews, staff evaluations or survey results? How can you visualise that data with Power BI ? This post explains how you can work with that sort of data in Power BI using the AI Insights in Power… Read More

By Alison Box

Power BI in Practice
7 Secrets of the Power BI Line Chart

7 Secrets of the Line Chart

The line chart is the go-to chart type to visualise data over time. Typically, this visual is used to analyse your data by year, quarter, month or by day. It should be an easy thing to do to create a line chart that plots your data in the way you want. But beware, there are secrets lurking behind the benign line chart! Here are my top seven. #1 There Are Two Different Types of X-Axis The default x-axis, along the… Read More

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By Stuart Box

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Live Online Power BI Training from Burningsuit

We have many years' experience of training people how to use Microsoft Power BI. Up to now our training has all been face-to-face, either as open public courses in London or private on-site training. Obviously due to the current coronavirus restrictions this type of course is not possible, so we're launching Live Online PowerBI training. Having had experience in online training in the past we're confident that this will provide a first-class learning experience in these difficult times. What is… Read More

By Alison Box

DAX Power BI in Practice

Power BI Conditional Formatting

I thought this would be an easy blog. Not much to say about using Power BI's Conditional Formatting. All it does is make visuals look more appealing by using pretty colours based on the data's values. How wrong I was! In fact there's so much to say that I've had to resort to a mini contents page using outline numbering and links to the relevant paragraphs. In fact, just like the old days of writing user manuals! So here goes… Read More

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By Burningsuit

Learning Power BI in Practice Training
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Why Power BI Training Courses in London Could Benefit You

Power BI is an essential tool that many businesses use to get insightful reports on a range of different important metrics. Whilst it’s extremely useful, it has a lot of functions that can be complicated to initially understand. Attending a Power BI training course can be extremely beneficial and help you and your team to improve on your skills and data analysis. At Burningsuit, we run a range of public courses in London across the year to help users of… Read More