A Power BI Technique Mined from the Power Pivot Archives
Below, you will find one of our all-time favorite Power BI techniques. In the ten (yes ten) years we’ve been operating this site, we’ve written over 1,000 articles on Power BI. Hard to imagine - even for us - but true.
Years ago, we first wrote up this technique in the context of Power Pivot – Power BI’s cousin and predecessor, which we like to call “Power BI in Excel.”
Since the two products share the same brains (DAX and M), this technique is more relevant today than ever. Everything below is 100% legit for Power BI – the same data model “shape,” the same DAX, etc. – but now you can use it to power up your Power BI visuals, and not just PivotTables. Enjoy!
A few of us are having a really interesting discussion on Twitter right now that I thought could use a different forum.
“PowerPivot – bad for BI developers and consultants because it removes some need for their services, or good because it opens more doors?”
Here are some of the posts, I mean, tweets:
VidasM: Preparing key points to talk at #sqlpass FoB lunch.Topic #PowerPivot impact on DW projects.More/less work for us?I welcome any suggestions.
andrewbrust: @VidasM I think #PowerPivot will give rise to projects that would otherwise never have happened.
andrewbrust: @VidasM And if a published #PowerPivot solution becomes popular, then it’s a candiadte for a more conventional implementation
powerpivotpro: @VidasM I think more work for SSAS dev. In my exp, iterating on reqs =90% of project.Now u’ll do many short “upsize” conversions from PPwkbk
powerpivotpro: @andrewbrust Agree with all your pts. #powerpivot good 4 BI pro. If BI were less crucial, 1 could squeeze other. But crucial feeds crucial:)
Kjonge: @VidasM my idea is analysts creating adhoc and reports for single users with #powerpivot but enterprise reports run on SSAS and SSRS
VidasM: @powerpivotpro , @andrewbrust – But – I can count projects where #PowerPivot would have been “Good enough”. So I can quantify my loss.
VidasM: @powerpivotpro , @andrewbrust – But I just have to guess how much I’ll gain (maybe). That is why I worry. And again-I just love #PowerPivot
VidasM: I also see risk – companies building “Data dumps” instead of proper data warehouse, as it is faster and #PowerPivot can be used for reports
Kjonge: @VidasM i still see some #powerpivot issues like security that will prevent it from being used as real enterprise wide reporting
Would love this conversation to continue, both the four of us above, as well as others. Please post your thoughts as comments!