Custom Visual Changes for Power BI

The Power BI team recently released a command line tool for creating and packaging custom visuals that is distinctly different from the Visual Studio solution + Playground and the online DevTools that came before. There is also a companion “Developer Visual” in Power BI service to host the live version of a visual. You can…

Power BI Format Options: Order! Order!

Navigating the Power BI visual format options is similar to shopping at a grocery store that’s not your usual store, but which is part of the same chain. When the store layout is different, you end up losing time trying to track down items that would have been easily found in “your” store. For example, pretend that…

Microsoft R: A Revolution in Advanced Analytics

One of the benefits of working on a team at BlueGranite is the collective expertise that I can tap into when needed. Whether it’s a skill that I am learning or a problem that I am stumped on, one or more of my colleagues typically has the ability to point me in the right direction. To…

5 Ways to Create Maps in Microsoft Power BI

Now there are 7 Ways to Create Maps in Microsoft Power BI…   UPDATED September 26, 2016: Announced today, there will soon be Esri ArcGIS maps for Power BI – at no additional cost. In my mind, its eventual release will make Power BI instantly relevant as a “self-service” as well as basic enterprise GIS…

Beyond Analytics: The Cortana Intelligence Suite

Goodbye Cortana Analytics. Hello Cortana Intelligence. In an announcement at the Build conference today, Microsoft revealed the changing face of Cortana Analytics for Azure. More than simple semantic changes, the Cortana Intelligence Suite now includes the new Bot Framework. Cortana Intelligence also reflects the inclusion of the Project Oxford APIs as Cognitive Services. In addition to placing greater focus on “intelligence”…