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How to use Incremental Refresh on ANY data source!

A few days ago, a colleague asked me if it would be possible to have more data from the Azure Cost Management API than only the last 30 days. Obviously, my first thought was sure, let’s use Azure Synapse and store it in a Data Lake. But then the real challenging question was asked: Would […]

How to loop through an API with Power BI without knowing last page

Recently a customer reached out to me with a challenge because he knows I love challenges and especially solving them. In his case he got access to the Clarksons Research API, and he would like to connect with Power BI to it. So far so good, pretty straight forward. But in his case the API […]

The Power BI Championship Switzerland

For the first time in Switzerland, we organized the Power BI Championship which crowned the top 3 teams based on their solution. In this post I’m going to share what the Championship is all about, what the challenge was (feel free to challenge yourself and create a report on your own), and how the jury […]

Power BI and Activity Logs with Python

One of the most asked questions when I talk with Power BI Admins / Service Owners is how can they analyze which reports are (most) used. Power BI respectively Microsoft offers you different ways to get such insights. In this blog post I’ll give you an overview of the different ways and walk you through […]

Multilingual Reports in Power BI

Creating Power BI reports in Switzerland can be challenging when it comes to the question: In which language should we display the report? The reason behind is that Switzerland has 4 official languages and if we consider English, it’s even 5. Therefore it’s not easy to fulfill this requirement with one report – or is […]

Refresh a Power BI Dataset with Python

As you probably know Power BI Datasets can be refreshed manually, on a scheduled base or through the Power BI REST API. Depending on the data source you will require a Power BI Gateway to be able to update your dataset. Manually refreshing a dataset can be handy if you need an instant refresh but […]

Power BI and Paginated Reports – beyond usual use

A lot of customers are asking me what are the differences between Power BI and Paginated Reports, why should they use one OR the other. My answer is mostly: It’s not one OR the other, why not combine and get the most out of both worlds?! I suggest in many cases that Power BI can […]

Power BI Object-Level-Security

Many users are aware that Power BI offers Row-Level-Security to secure their data. As example you can use RLS so users from a specific country can only see the sales numbers from this country and not others. I did already a blog post about the different possibilities (see https://pbi-guy.com/2021/10/12/power-bi-row-level-security/ & https://pbi-guy.com/2021/10/15/power-bi-row-level-security-organizational-hierarchy/ & https://pbi-guy.com/2021/10/15/power-bi-rls-configuration-in-service/). But many […]

Power BI Theme with Background Image

A few weeks ago I saw a small but very useful hack if you’re working with Power BI Themes. Did you know that you can create a Theme with a background image? Let me show you how! What is a Theme in Power BI? Power BI Report Themes helps you to apply design changes to […]

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