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Posts by Devin Knight

Power BI Custom Visuals - Bullet Chart

Posted Aug 23, 2016 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Bullet Chart Power BI Custom Visual. The Bullet Chart serves as a replacement for poorly designed dashboard gauges and meters you might be using now. Typical gauges do not show very much information and require a lot of space on a dashboard. The Bullet Chart overcomes these flaws by allowing you to split into multiple categories (show more information) and orient the chart to fit your needs (requires less space).

Power BI Custom Visuals - Calendar Visualization

Posted Aug 11, 2016 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Calendar Visualization Power BI Custom Visual. The Calendar Visualization is a very unique visual that allows you to show the distribution of values across a calendar.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Card with States

Posted Aug 04, 2016 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Card with States Power BI Custom Visual. The Card with States allows for you to have a value displayed with an indicator that can be manually adjusted or data-driven. Check out http://okviz.com/ for more details on this and other visuals or view my previous blog posts.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Chord

Posted Jul 28, 2016 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Chord Power BI Custom Visual. Chord diagrams show directed relationships among a group of entities using colored lines (chords); this allows for an easy representation of correlating data. If you want to learn more about Power BI Custom Visuals, view my previous blog posts.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Dot Plot

Posted Jul 21, 2016 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Dot Plot Power BI Custom Visual. The Dot Plot is often used when visualizing a distribution of values or a count of an occurrence across different categorical data you may have. Watch this module to learn more! If you want to learn more about Power BI Custom Visuals, view my previous blog posts.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Enhanced Scatter

Posted Jul 13, 2016 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Enhanced Scatter Power BI Custom Visual.  This new-and-improved scatter chart allows for more customization and better data representation over the standard scatter chart that is provided to you by default with Power BI. If you want to learn more about Power BI Custom Visuals, view my previous blog posts.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Histogram

Posted Jul 07, 2016 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Histogram, a Power BI Custom Visual. A Histogram is a column chart which shows the distribution of occurrences divided into categories, called bins. This type of chart is useful for estimating density and discovering outliers.

Power BI - Checking Query Folding with View Native Query

Posted Jul 06, 2016 by Devin Knight

A really great feature that was silently added into June update of the Power BI Desktop is a feature called View Native Query. This feature is integrated into Power BI Query Editor and appears to give you the ability to see the queries that are running against your data source when Query Folding is taking place. I’ll get back to what View Native Query does in a moment, but first for those that are unfamiliar let’s talk a bit about what Query Folding is and why it’s important.

Power BI Role Level Security

Posted Jul 01, 2016 by Devin Knight

In the June update of the Power BI Desktop, there were some really cool features that were added. I’d encourage you to review the full Power BI blog to see all the June updates. My favorite of all these new features is Row Level Security (RLS) for Power BI. The Power BI team blog didn’t go into any great detail yet (I’d expect a follow up blog from them later), so I thought I may give you a little more context here.

Power BI Custom Visuals - KPI Indicator

Posted Jun 30, 2016 by Devin Knight

In my previous post, we explored the Radar Chart visual. In this module you will learn how to use the KPI Indicator (This is kind of like saying “ATM Machine” isn’t it?) Power BI comes standard with a KPI visual but the custom visual we will cover in this post shows a few more options than is available in the standard tool. Using the KPI Indicator allows you to not only visualize key performance indicators but also include a historical trend line or bar chart with it.

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