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Power BI & SQL

4 Steps to Get Started with Power BI Embedded Analytics

In our previous blog post entitled Free Ebook: Supercharge Your Apps with Embedded Analytics, we explored the vast benefits of leveraging embedded analytics in your custom apps. By embedding analytics directly in your applications (rather than having your users go to a separate system or dashboard to access them), you not only make your end users’ lives much easier, but you also increase your application adoption and overall end user satisfaction. And what better way…

Free EBook: Supercharge Your Apps with Embedded Analytics

The way in which we use and interact with data has dramatically changed over the years. Originally, we leveraged static pictures and charts that captured a one-time snapshot of our data. But this is no long sufficient, as static visualizations only provide a historical view at a single point in time. Instead, interactive visualizations and real-time reports are now the demanded norm needed to turn massive volumes of data into immediate, actionable insights. But there…

Getting Ready for Your First Power BI Project

One of the best parts of my job as a Business Intelligence (BI) consultant is what happens when Imaginet engages with a new BI customer. In many cases, our first engagement with a customer who is challenged by their BI and/or reporting capabilities is our Imaginet PowerBI Quick Start. This is typically a one or two week intensive engagement where an Imaginet Business Intelligence consultant (like me) embeds themselves into a team within an organization…

Power Query Function for Dense Ranking

Power Query Function for Dense Ranking Recently I was having issues writing a measure in DAX to rank items properly (not an issue with the DAX, but in my understanding of the DAX). I did some searching and came across Chris Webb’s article that had a nice implementation of ranking using Power Query. The technique he proposed uses Power Query to: sort a table by the column you want to rank by, add an index column…

Power Query for Azure tables and Updating Column Names

Power Query for Azure Tables and Updating Column Names I recently did some PowerBI work using Azure Table Storage. In the query editor, it seemed that each table I pulled in from Azure Tables had a very similar process.: Get the list of tables available for the storage account. Select a table Select the Content of the table (excluding the RowKey, PartitionKey, and timestamp columns) Expand the columns in the Content Rename the columns Azure…

Scaling Azure SQL Databases Up and Down

Scaling Azure SQL databases up and down   I've recently been working on a project where we push data from an on-premise database to a set of Azure SQL databases daily, and use that Azure SQL database as the source for a Power BI dataset. The dataset gets refreshed once a day. Our Azure SQL data marts are pretty small - all but one of them are under 2 GB, and the largest one is...