Introduction to Power BI Desktop – Recording Now Available

Thank you to everyone that attended this past Tuesday’s webinar hosted by Pragmatic Works called Introduction to Power BI Desktop. We had a great turn out! If you missed the webinar, you can view the recording here.

Check out these five Power BI tips!

There were lots of great questions and far too many to answer during the webinar so I thought I’d answer a few of the questions here.

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June 2016 Release of Power BI Desktop is Here!

POWER BI DESKTOPLast night at approximately 9:28 PM EST the June 2016 release of Power BI Desktop dropped, which you can download here.  The June update is pretty extensive and includes a bunch of new features and improvements. Here’s some of the biggest new features and some of my favorites.

Check out these 5 Power BI Tips

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5 More Power BI Tips

I’ve had this blog post in my mind to write for the past month or so and I’m finally just getting around to it while I’m waiting to board my flight back home.

Check out my first 5 Power BI Tips here

These are just five more Power BI tips and tricks that I think everyone should know in order to get the most out of Power BI and produce better, more useful, and more powerful Power BI reports for their users. So without further ado, here are five more Power BI tips in no particular order. Enjoy!

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Power BI Architecture Diagram v2 is Now Available

Update: My Power BI architecture diagram v3 is now available! Head over to here get the latest version!

I finally finished putting together version 2 of my Power BI architecture diagram. I previously put together an architecture diagram but as fast as Power BI is changing, v1 of the diagram was quickly obsolete. I always wanted to come back and add more to the diagram to make it more complete but now that SQL Server 2016 is generally available and enhancements have been made to Power BI to facilitate integration with Excel and SSRS, it made sense to do another diagram.

The reason I originally created this diagram was to use as a tool during conversations with my customers. But I’ve also used the diagram in other presentations and found it beneficial while teaching about how Power BI works. I wanted to make this resource available to others for their benefit. So here’s v2.

Click here to download a .zip file with the .pdf and .png files.

Power BI architecture v2

I’ve included a few new things to make the diagram up to date with the latest changes to Power BI, SQL Server Reporting Services, and Excel.
This document includes components to illustrate:

  • Publishing Power BI desktop files and Excel workbooks to Reporting Services
  • Publishing Excel workbooks to a Power BI site
  • Browsing Power BI data models with Excel
  • Publishing Reporting Services content to the Report Server
  • Browsing Reporting Services mobile reports and KPIs using Power BI apps

Feel free to download this content and use it in your presentations, discussions, and for your own learning. I hope you find it useful and if you do, share it with a friend.


Do you have any feedback on this diagram or anything you’d like to see me change? Leave a comment or let me know! Thanks!

What’s New in Reporting Services 2016

Today I had the pleasure of presenting to the Higher Ed Data Warehousing and BI Group. We discussed the long list of new features and enhancements included with SQL Server Reporting Services 2016. The webinar has been recording and I’ve uploaded it to YouTube for your viewing pleasure.

If you’d like to download my PowerPoint slide deck, you can do that here.

And you can download my portal brand package here.

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Power BI Desktop May 2016 Update Info: Conditional Formatting and Quick Calc

*Update: The Power BI team has finally published a blog post with all the new features and its glorious! Read about all the new enhancements and changes to Power BI Desktop right here.

So it appears that the May 2016 update to Power BI Desktop has dropped without any notification from the Power BI team on their blog or  a notification within Power BI Deskop. So I figured I’d take a moment to point out of the new enhancements to Power BI Desktop.

New to Power BI Desktop? Get started here.

1. Conditional Formatting on Tables

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10 SQL Server Data Warehouse Design Best Practices to Follow (Part 1 )

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of speaking at SQL Saturday #552 here in beautiful Jacksonville, Florida. My good friend, Mitch Pearson (blog | twitter) and I presented our session, Designing a Data Warehouse from the Ground Up. We had a great crowd and lots of great questions from the audience!

Watch Designing a Data Warehouse from the Ground Up Webinar Recording

With all the talk about designing a data warehouse and best practices, I thought I’d take a few moment to jot down some of my thoughts around best practices and things to consider when designing your data warehouse. Below you’ll find the first five of ten data warehouse design best practices that I believe are worth considering. This list isn’t meant to be the ten best “best practices” to follow and are in no particular order. Of course, each design scenario is different so you may find that some of the best practices listed here aren’t optimal in your specific situation.

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Dustin Ryan is a Data Platform Solutions Architect with Microsoft interested in Azure, SQL Server, and Power BI.

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