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BIFocal - Clarifying Business Intelligence

Podcast by John White & Jason Himmelstein

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Episode 127 - November 2019 Power BI Desktop Update

This is episode 127 recorded on November 14th, 2019 where John & Jason talk about the November Power BI Desktop features including the new Power BI Desktop Ribbon, Decomposition Tree, and AI Functions in Power Query.Jason's blog postOffice 365 Service Description Power BI Reporthttps://www.sharepointlonghorn.com/office-365-service-description-power-bi-report/John's blog postA low cost approach for paginated report subscriptions in Power BIhttp://whitepages.unlimitedviz.com/2019/11/a-low-cost-approach-for-paginated-report-subscriptions-in-power-bi/Desktop November 2019Other • Modern ribbon (preview)Reporting • Decomposition tree visual (preview)Analytics • Conditionally format button formattingVisualizations • ArcGIS Maps for Power BI update • New xViz visuals • Advanced Gauge • Hierarchical Filter • ZoomCharts Drill-Down Waterfall Visual • Financial Reporting Matrix by Profitbase • Distribution • TreeData connectivity • LinkedIn Sales Navigator connector • Edit SAP variables experience now generally available • Vena connector • SiteImprove connector • Product Insights connector • Web By Example connector – support for extracting linksData Preparation • AI functions in Power Query (Preview)Template apps • LinkedIn Sales Navigator for Sales OperationsIdeasDark Modehttps://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/37882726-option-to-use-either-light-or-dark-interface https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/34628386-dark-mode-for-power-biJason's pick - Votes: 601No Ctrl-Click on Buttons Needed for Bookmarks View ModeWhen editing in Desktop, you have to Ctrl-Click a button to trigger the assigned action - very good. But when you have multiple bookmarks and you go into "View" mode, you are effectively in "PowerPoint Mode". When in this mode, there should be just a single click for a button (no ctrl needed).https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/38773519-no-ctrl-click-on-buttons-needed-for-bookmarks-vie

38mins

19 Nov 2019

Rank #1

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BIFocal Episode 3 - Select * from On-Prem Where Version='2016'

SharePoint 2016 is now generally available!!!Jason and John welcome guests Kay Unkroth and Gregory Appel from Microsoft to discuss the BI changes in SharePoint 2016. Kay is a senior Product Manager responsible for BI intergration in SharePoint, and Greg is a senior PM in charge of Excel Online.The big topic discussed is the fact that Excel Services have moved over to the Office Online Server. Our guests tackle the questions and repercussions of this, as well as many other topics including Microsoft’s renewed focus on SQL Server Reporting Services. Recorded March 24, 2016Check out the show notes at https://bifocal.show/2017/07/20/episode-3-select-from-on-prem-where-version2016/

56mins

30 Jun 2017

Rank #2

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Episode 109 - Interview with Reid Havens

This is episode 109 recorded on July 18th, 2019 where John & Jason review some community news, and John interviews Reid Havens of Havens consulting about the Power BI community, consulting in the Power BI world, and template apps. For show notes please visit www.bifocal.show

39mins

23 Jul 2019

Rank #3

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BIFocal Episode 4 - The Power BI Development Story

The excitement for Power BI continues to build. The driving force behind this is its ease of use, the from zero to insight speed. It’s easy to overlook the fact that Power BI also has a strong development story too. Join Jason and John as they welcome special guest Ted Pattison of Critical Path consulting to discuss the developer landscape in Power BI. Recorded April 28, 2016Check out the show notes at https://bifocal.show/2017/07/20/episode-4-the-power-bi-development-story/

1hr 1min

30 Jun 2017

Rank #4

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Episode 84 - Databricks & External Dataflows

This is episode 84 recorded on January 21, 2019 where John & Jason talk about Azure big data technologies, the Ignite world tour, and Power BI external dataflows.For show notes please visit www.bifocal.show

27mins

2 Feb 2019

Rank #5

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Episode 59 - Interview with Will Thompson

This is episode 59 recorded on July 31st, 2018 where John & Jason talk about SPSNYC, sessions for Ignite, and interview Will Thompson from the Power BI Desktop Team at Microsoft.For show notes please visit www.bifocal.show

33mins

2 Aug 2018

Rank #6

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Episode 83 - The death of inappropriate anonymous embedding

This is episode 83 recorded on January 11th, 2019 where John & Jason talk Workspace Management in the Admin portal & the death of inappropriate anonymous embedding.For show notes please visit www.bifocal.show

22mins

18 Jan 2019

Rank #7

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Episode 68 - Live from Ignite with Adam Saxton

This is episode 68 recorded on September 26th, 2018 where John & Jason talk to Adam Saxton, Microsoft's "Guy in a Cube", live at Microsoft Ignite 2018 about the new XMLA end points, Certified Data Sets, the shift to focus on Enterprise BI with Power BI Premium, the new ALM Toolkit, and much more.For show notes please visit www.bifocal.show

22mins

4 Oct 2018

Rank #8

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BIFocal Episode 12 - Time after time

This is episode 12 recorded on August 23rd, 2017 where John & Jason talk about the new SharePoint Communication Sites, OneDrive's new sharing functionality, when times are not times, and the difference between embedding reports & Power BI Embedded.For show notes please visit bifocal.show/2017/09/05/episode-12-time-after-time/

30mins

6 Sep 2017

Rank #9

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Episode 19 - Dummy proofing for Executives

This is episode 19 recorded on October 12th, 2017… where John & Jason talk to about the news including a new version & way of deploying Power BI Desktop and what's interesting in the release of SQL Server 2017.For show notes please visit https://bifocal.show/2017/10/17/episode-19-dummy-proofing-for-executives

32mins

16 Oct 2017

Rank #10

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Episode 67 - Interview with Josh Caplan

This is episode 67 recorded on September 25th, 2018 where John & Jason talk to Josh Caplan, Sr. Program Manager for Power BI, live at Microsoft Ignite 2018 about Power BI Premium, the new XMLA end points, and much more.For show notes please visit www.bifocal.show

23mins

3 Oct 2018

Rank #11

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BIFocal Episode 10 - May I see your license sir?

This is episode 10 recorded on August 17th, 2017 where we talk about the new Power BI licensing model & Microsoft Ignite.For show notes please visit http://bifocal.show/2017/08/18/episode-10-may-i-see-your-license-please-sir

25mins

22 Aug 2017

Rank #12

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Episode 77 - Interview with Arun Ulag

This is episode 77 recorded on November 21st, 2018 where John & Jason talk about some new blogs posts from John and interview Arun Ulag, General Manager of Power BI Engineering at Microsoft, about all things Power BI at Microsoft Ignite on September 25th, 2018.For show notes please visit www.bifocal.show

30mins

27 Nov 2018

Rank #13

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Episode 72 - October Desktop Update

This is episode 72 recorded on October 19th, 2018 where John & Jason talk to about the October release of Power BI Desktop, and a little about publish to web reports.For show notes please visit www.bifocal.show

33mins

23 Oct 2018

Rank #14

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Episode 58 - Power BI Desktop Update & the Road Ahead

This is episode 58 recorded on July 25th 2018 where John & Jason talk about Business Application Summit after-the-fact, The Road Ahead for Power BI & SharePoint blog post, and do a deep dive on the Power BI Desktop update for July.For show notes please visit www.bifocal.show

33mins

27 Jul 2018

Rank #15

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Episode 78 - Interview with the SPFest BI Speakers

This is episode 78 recorded on December 5th, 2018 live from SPFest Chicago where Jason talks with the other speakers on the BI track Treb Gatte, Liz Sundet, and Daniel Glenn about their perspectives on BI in the SharePoint space & their predictions for 2019.For show notes please visit www.bifocal.show

37mins

7 Dec 2018

Rank #16

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Episode 71 - Interview with Amanda Cofsky

This is episode 71 recorded on September 26th, 2018 where John & Jason talk about some new & exciting stuff they are each working on & interview Amanda Cofsky, Program Manager for Power BI, at Microsoft Ignite about what is coming to Power BI Desktop like Copy & Paste visuals between PBIX files.For show notes please visit www.bifocal.show

38mins

18 Oct 2018

Rank #17

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Episode 22 - Power BI Report Server release news

This is episode 22 recorded on November 2nd, 2017… where John & Jason talk to about the brand new release of Power BI Report Server, PowerApp visuals, & Power BI Licensing.For show notes please visit http://bifocal.show/2017/11/06/episode-22-power-bi-report-server-release-news

26mins

7 Nov 2017

Rank #18

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Episode 70 - Interview with Kent Weare

This is episode 70 recorded on July 24th, 2018 where John talks to Kent Weare, Principal Program Manager for Microsoft Flow, at the Business Application Summit about Microsoft Flow & the announcement that was made at Microsoft Ignite on September 27th about Power Query Online Integration for Microsoft Flow.For show notes please visit www.bifocal.show

25mins

9 Oct 2018

Rank #19

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Episode 69 - Interview with Sundeep Meda

This is episode 69 recorded on September 26th, 2018 where John & Jason talk to Sundeep Meda, Senior Software Engineer at Microsoft, about RDL in the Cloud, field listener questions, the Power BI webpart in SharePoint Online, updates to Report Builder & Report viewer, Row level security in Power BI Report Server, and much more.For show notes please visit www.bifocal.show

28mins

5 Oct 2018

Rank #20