So the November update is out. Sadly, it doesn’t have the filters across pages which will prove an extremely good way of decluttering a dahsboard.
Here’s a summary of the updates, and what I think of them.
Here’s the complete list of November updates:
- Rule-based conditional formatting for table and matrix
- This is likely to be very useful for a wide range of clients. It’s the sort of thing you would do in excel from time to time, however in a BI project colour based analytics are very compelling.
- Cell alignment for table and matrix
- Very useful, particularly when trying to produce financial reports where line items and subtotals really need to be offset from each other to create a better visual experience
- Control visual ordering through the selection pane
- Struggling to see where I would need this one. It’s the equivalent of sending objects to the back/front in PowerPoint
- Lock objects on your report
- Very very handy, one of those things that it’s surprising they hadn’t thought of until now. Prior to this it was very easy, particularly in dashboard view to move visuals around by accident
- Esri Plus Subscription is available for ArcGIS Maps for Power BI
- Very nice, but not something I particularly have a need for. I suspect that this will be incredibly useful for some clients
- Report options for slow data sources
- Quite technical, but essentially means that you fire less queries at your models, or none at all depending upon how you configure them. Bear in mind the real way of addressing speed issues is to house it in Azure Analysis Services
- Filtering performance improvements
- This one passed me by, I’m sure it’s very useful!
- Recently released custom visuals
- Image Timeline
- Really nice visual, I’m a big fan of images in reports and the application of PBI in the education space
- Social network graph
- Interesting, personally I wouldn’t use it for this, however it is a good way of expressing the hierarchy within an organisation
- Venn diagram by MAQ Software
- Another one that passed me by
- HTML viewer
- Quite technical, it’s extremely clever that they have managed to come up with this but I suspect that the use will be relatively narrow.
- Image Timeline
- Cell-level formatting for multidimensional AS models for multi-row card
- I would suggest that this is for multinational clients with highly bespoke requirements.
- Impala connector – support for Windows Authentication
- No relevant to anything I do
- Add Column From Examples improvements
- I’ve never found add column from examples to be any use to me. You’re better off learning how to build custom columns.
For a summary of the major updates, you can watch the following video: