(Shared via Microsoft’s Power BI Blog) Microsoft business analytics service, Power BI, has announced a comprehensive round of updates and new features. Updates include advanced data selection in Azure maps, updates to background settings on small multiples, a refined model view UI, new certified connectors, refreshed dashboard visualizations and the first Facebook ads template, among many other new features.
Power BI has made changes to how relationships appear in model diagrams. According to the full update release, “the cardinalities are now shown at the end points of a relationship and the direction of the relationship is shown at the center. These icons have been increased in size to be more readable.” Error icons tooltips and limited relationships UI are also part of the new Modeling updates. These changes work to further simplify Power BI’s ability to build custom calculations based on metric definition and create connections between data sources.
In terms of general Power BI Service, metadata is now included as featured content on the homepage in addition to endorsed content in the same workflow. Dataset details can be opened from the workspace content list view, with information that includes the data set’s last refresh time, a report list built on top of the dataset, and usage metrics for the last 30 days. Additionally, users can now access quick actions, such as the ability to view lineage, create from a template and create a report in Excel.
Facebook and Power BI users can now access the Facebook Ads template, which connects the two platforms via Ads Insights API. Automatic data refresh helps marketers gain insight into their campaigns and live ads, with search customization that includes being able to breakdown metrics by location, age, device and more.
Tallan has been facilitating workshop and webinars to help users better understand how to apply the benefits of Power BI to their businesses. Coming up this April, we’ll be hosting a virtual Hartford Power BI User Group as well as a Microsoft Power BI: Dashboard in a Day. Check our Events page for new additions as we keep you up to date with Power BI’s latest developments. Click here for the full March 2021 Feature Summary.