2017 Review and 2018 Blog Goals

This past week, I’ve been looking back on DataVeld posts from 2017 and thinking ahead toward next year. Goals for 2018: More consistency – I write when I have an opportunity to write and do not follow a schedule. I would like to post regularly rather than publish a few quick posts one month and…

Add Audio or Video to a Power BI Report

Here’s a quick post on how to add audio or video to your Power BI report. In general, media should be used sparingly, and I cannot emphasis that enough. Let your data do the talking. If you are convinced that having media serves your report though, you can use the HTML Viewer custom visual to add…

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…