Using CUSTOMDATA and On-Premises SSAS with Power BI Embedded

Another Power BI embedded blog post while I have a playground up and running. Often when you want to use SSAS with Power BI embedded you have a “authentication issue”. Power BI and SSAS both leverage AD so that means that any user you pass from Power BI to SSAS needs to be known in AD. Now that is great in enterprise scenario’s where this usually is the case (and even required) but for ISV’s... Read more

Filter data based on a comma separated list using CALCULATE and PATHCONTAINS, even with external models!

Another interesting question I got this week kind of extends on the previous blog posts where I used disconnected slicers to filter data  but this time instead of having the data already in the model the request was to allow to write a filter based on a comma separated list. So off we go again into the DAX rabbit hole  Read more

Use calculated tables to show only used rows in dimensions

I got an interesting request this week, to improve the usability of the tabular model they wanted to filter the dimension table to only contain the rows that have data in the fact table. That way the slicers and other filters will never have data where you don’t have any sales or any facts. Often this is taken care before loading the data by creating view or writing queries but in this case this would... Read more

Dynamic data comparisons using disconnected slicers, TreatAs and inactive relationships

Got a good question this week that had me scratching my head for a bit but then I remembered a new function that was added to Power BI (and SSAS) recently called TreatAS. Marco covered it in detail here. So what they wanted to do is have a visual where they can view the sales and compare it with sales of different colors. So let’s get too it. Read more

Building the Power BI Strava data connector

I love cycling, both watching and doing it myself. One of the cool things is that is very data driven sport and thanks to Strava much of this becomes available to anyone, not just the elite athletes. Of course I would love to do more and get this data into Power BI. Thanks to Strava’s API’s and the new Power BI custom data connector SDK this is now possible! I started building this connector the... Read more

DAX SelectedValue function

With the new Power BI desktop release (July 2017) comes a new DAX function called “SelectedValue”, this DAX function is a convenience feature to help you with working with selections. Today when you want to use the value of a selection you always have to be careful, to get the value of the selection you can use the VALUES function, this works great when you always have a single value but when more than one... Read more