New Map Styles in Power BI

The Power BI team recently added additional map styles for the Map and Filled Map that make them a more attractive option for data visualization. Alongside the Road and the Aerial themes, Power BI now has options for Light, Dark, and Grayscale. What do these options add, and why should you care? As I have…

In Gratitude for a Microsoft MVP Award

Humbled and honored, I received an email from Microsoft late yesterday stating that I was awarded a 2017-2018 MVP for contributions to the Data Platform! Thank you to everyone who reads this blog, follows me on social media, and has helped put me in a position to receive this award! Thank you to Microsoft as well…

Using DAX to Normalize Data in Power BI

A challenge to which I infrequently return is attempting to create various “new” chart types using only Power BI’s native visuals. For example, I have tried to replicate a Horizon chart and Slopegraph in Power BI without the use of custom visuals. In many cases, we can use DAX, selective filtering, or other tricks to…

What *Undocumented* R Packages Exist in Power BI Service?

In my last post, I examined the list of R packages supported in Power BI Service. After some additional research, it turns out that I should have titled it “documented” instead of “supported”. Why is that? In addition to the 361 documented packages, there are over 200 undocumented R packages currently available to users in Power…