Author Archives: Joel

Separate Data Models And Reports • Power BI Concepts I Wish I Knew When I Started

Splitting Data Models and Reports into separate .pbix files should be standard for any Power BI implementation. Thank you for coming to my TED talk. Ok, fine. Details forthcoming. I’ll Have Two .pbix, Please The premise of this design is that each file is the owner of different components of the combined solution. It’s very common because many times a

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Make It Pretty • Power BI Concepts I Wish I Knew When I Started

Visual design – finally a topic we can all disagree about… Most Power BI users aren’t competing for likes on Dribbble when building out Power BI reports. They want a design that’s simple, maintainable, and useful to the report consumers. Below are a few tips on the basics. Visual Design Is The Last Step There are quite a few prerequisites

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Table Relationships • Power BI Concepts I Wish I Knew When I Started

In preparation for my (hopeful) DynamicsCon nomination, I’m starting a blog series about concepts and tips I wish I’d understood better when I started working with Power BI – aptly titled “Power BI Concepts I Wish I Knew When I Started”. If you’d like to see this written content made available via a live presentation and YouTube, please vote for

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DynamicsCon: Putting The “F-U-N” In “Dynamics User Group” If You Rearrange Some Letters And Add An F

I recently had to change the title of this site and remove the “Microsoft MVP” title; unfortunately I was not re-awarded this year. It felt like one of those detective movie “Turn in your gun and badge!” scenes – only in nerd speak “Turn in your stickers and NDA!” I’m not sure if I’ll ever get my stickers again, but

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Choose Your Own Adventure

As a kid I read books from a series called Choose Your Own Adventure. In the books, you’d come to a decision point, and the book would offer you some relevant choices: To fight the ninja, turn to page 48. To scream and run away, turn to page 92. With all the uncertainty, chaos, and change happening right now, I’ve

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