How to connect local database with PowerBI?

Power BI is, for the most part, used for business reporting purposes, and the ultimate goal is to publish company data in the cloud, along with related reports, and then create reporting dashboards that provide the information necessary to support decision making. A free Power BI subscription can also be used for this, but I still recommend that you use (purchase) a Power BI Professional license. Why? More about this in the text that follows …

Grouping visuals

When working with graphical objects in MS Office applications there is often a need to integrate multiple objects within one group so that we can move and manage them more easily. As of August 2019, Power BI Desktop has the option to group two or more objects, and in the text that follows you will be able to see how it is used.

Measuring the impact

Key Influencers is a visual that has been available to Power BI Desktop users since July 2019, and allows measuring the impact of a given component (dimension) on a reporting metric. It can be useful to show us components that differ from the average, as well as segments that affect it and require additional attention. The information we receive in this way can help us rethink our sales strategy.

Success indicators

Conditional formatting is an option that has been gradually added to Table and Matrix visual. Now we can safely say that Power BI Desktop has almost everything we used in Excel to build the reports where we applied this option. As of July 2019, conditional formatting also supports icon sets, and in the text below you will be able to learn how to use all of these options.

Power BI and Python

No, it’s not about „Monty Python’s Flying Circus“, it’s about another „Python“, a programming language that has recently become part of the Power BI Desktop platform and allows creation of user-defined visuals. Do you really need to use Python? Well, really not! But you must admit that it is convenient, if you are familiar with this programming language, to get the opportunity to “raise a hood” and create visuals according to your own standards …