By Alison Box

Power BI in Practice

Understanding the “Analytics” Lines in Power BI

In our Power BI training courses, I show people how to add a Constant Line to a clustered column chart by using the Analytics section of the Visualizations pane.  I then explain that the other Analytical lines (Max, Min, Average etc) are “calculations across the totals”.  But what do I actually mean by this; what are these calculations?  I do feel that these Analytics Lines deserve a much better explanation so now is the time to turn the spotlight on… Read More

By Alison Box

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Best and Worst: Two approaches to finding Top or Bottom N Percent using DAX

Ever wanted to find which are your best or worst customers or best or worst products by a metric such as Total Sales? Finding a simple TopN or BottomN (e.g. Top 10 Customers) in Power BI Desktop couldn't be easier; just use the TopN Filter:- But what about finding Top 10 Percent of a value like Total Sales? As the number of our customers or our products grows over time, finding a simple Top 10 or Bottom 10 of a… Read More

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By Alison Box

Power BI in Practice

7 Secrets of the Matrix Visual

Some of you Excel users may have realised that the Power BI Matrix visual is just an Excel Pivot Table by another term. You even get buckets for “Rows”, “Columns” and “Values” just like constructing an Excel Pivot Table. The temptation is to think this is all the Matrix visual can do; act like, well, a typical Pivot Table: -   However, depending on your knowledge of Excel Pivot tables, you’ll know that if the Matrix is just like an… Read More

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By Stuart Box

Power BI in Practice

New Power BI feature, embed reports securely in Web Pages

We know that we've been able to publish Power BI reports to the web for some time. It's a good feature, allowing us to publish our "Strictly Come Dancing" report so anyone can access it. But that's also the flaw in publish to Web, anyone can access, it effectively makes the whole report public property. It doesn't matter that you put the link on a secure intranet page, publish to web hosts the reports on a publicly facing web server. One… Read More

By Burningsuit

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The “Strictly” Report: Insights into the Data

Alison Box, one of our Directors and Trainers, details how she used Power BI to bring her Strictly statistics to life. In my previous blog, “The Strictly Report: Behind the Scenes”, I explained how I imported the data, cleaned and re-structured it. The next question was how was I going to explore all this data to get meaningful insights. Would I ever get to answer the “contestant journey” question that had prompted me to create the report in the first… Read More

By Burningsuit

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The “Strictly” Report: Behind the Scenes

We speak to Alison Box about how she gathered the data to create The Strictly Report. Contrary to what people might think, I’m not a raving Strictly Come Dancing fan. I find the first weeks of the competition quite entertaining when they stumble around, but when they get good it all gets a bit boring and samey. However, there’s one question regarding “Strictly” that has always intrigued me; for those that get to the final, how has their “journey” differed… Read More

By Burningsuit

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Power BI – Strictly Come Dancing, the Results

Power BI is a very powerful tool that is able to extract and analyse a wide range of data and produce easy to understand interactive dashboards and reports. With that in mind, we have put together a report that collates a range of different data from the popular TV programme, Strictly Come Dancing! Strictly Come Dancing in Power BI What our report includes Our report analyses a range of data, such as: “Does Craig really give the lowest scores?” “How… Read More

By Burningsuit

Power BI in Practice

What is the difference between BI reports and dashboards?

There is a misconception that the Power BI report is a detailed tabular report and that the dashboard is an interactive visualisations with charts. This isn’t the case and in order to build effective power BI solutions, you will need to understand the differences, and in a way that can help you to leverage their unique powers to the greatest possible effect. After the February 2018 update to Power BI Service, both Reports and Dashboards can be shared. It’s a… Read More

By Burningsuit

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How to Use Power BI Bookmarks & New Features

Recently, a range of new features have been added to Power BI. From a user point of view, some of the most interesting are bookmarks, selections, links and hidden pages. These give much greater control over how users can interact with reports. Burningsuit Ltd Managing Director Stuart Box has created a guide and example uses for each feature to help you get to grips with what is possible: Activate Bookmarks Currently (February 2018) Bookmarks are still in Preview in Power… Read More

By Alison Box

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Quick Measures or Quick Fix – are Power BI’s Quick Measures up to the mark?

Hey Excel users, anyone remember this? Yes, it’s the now defunct “Lookup Wizard” which, according the MSDN Library entry of January 1996, “…helps Excel users create lookup formulas quickly. Even expert users will find the Wizard’s lookup formulas useful in advanced spreadsheet and application development projects” Well, this was obviously not the case or else this “useful” wizard would still be with us today.  What “expert” Excel user can’t construct a simple Vlookup or even use the fiddly Index/Match combo?… Read More