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Microsoft Power BI Data Integration Options: Comparison Chart

If you’re struggling to figure out which of the data integration and transformation tools in the Microsoft Power BI platform is the right one for your organization, we can help. Our comparison chart of five Microsoft options summarizes cost, ease of use, cloud/on-prem, product maturity, feature set, use cases and more.

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Power BI Composite Models: True Reporting Agility

Power BI composite models is a game changer, fundamentally changing how organizations will merge self-service and corporate business intelligence. Authors can bring in their own local data sources while still leveraging the authoritative Power BI or Azure analysis services datasets created by others in their organization.

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Power BI Dataflows vs. Azure Data Factory

Get an easily digestible synopsis of Power BI dataflows and Azure Data Factory, two more popular cloud-based options from Microsoft for enterprise data integration, data prep and data transformation. We provide information for each including the typical audience, the editor used, methods for preparing and transforming data, how the technology works and pricing.

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Using Sensitivity Labels to Safeguard Data in Power BI

Power BI sensitivity labels are a useful tool that can help your organization enhance data security with minimal effort. We tell how you to enable this feature and review file export types, feature limitations, administration and monitoring.

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Power BI Report Distribution Options by License

Power BI has many strong options when it comes to report distribution. But, puzzling out the right Power BI license to address your reporting requirements is complex. We created a matrix that makes it easy to match up methods of report and dashboard distribution to license.

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Reference Guide Comparing Tools in the Microsoft BI Suite

Microsoft has a dizzying array of relevant, high-impact analytics products. It’s easy to get analysis paralysis trying to decide how to get the most out of their BI offerings. Fear not! our comparison matrix lets you easily view functionality across the tools and cut through the noise.

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3 Common Mistakes in Power BI Premium Deployments

The potential for deployment failure with Power BI Premium is high if you don’t properly plan capacity and put governance practices in place. We outline three common mistakes we see with clients who have deployed Power BI Premium.

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Power BI: Four Ways to Connect to & Prep Data

Power BI offers many ways to pull in data for analysis. But what approach should your organization take? The answer depends on considerations that include whether or not your organization has an existing data warehouse, your need for real-time dashboarding and the ease-of-use factor for your analysts. We explore four options, outlining the pros and cons of each.

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Power BI Premium Demystified

Power BI Pro licensing often works well for small- and mid-sized organizations focused on enabling self-service BI. But for larger organizations that want to leverage paginated reports or require enhanced administration tools, an upgrade to Power BI Premium is needed. We tell you about included features, pricing and admin functionality.

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How to Create & Publish Paginated Reports in Power BI Service

For organizations looking to move away from on-premise SSRS, you can now leverage Power BI service with premium capacity to run your RDL formatted reports. In this blog, we provide the options for purchasing premium capacity along with the steps needed to create, publish and set up email subscriptions for paginated reports in Power BI service.

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A Power BI Licensing Journey

Get a better understanding of Power BI licensing. Our fictional customer account provides tangible scenarios for when to use Power BI Desktop, Power BI Pro, Power BI free, Power BI Embedded, Power BI Premium and the availability (or not) of the paginated reporting feature.

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Work Around for Printing Power BI Reports

Despite its many unique strengths, Power BI has some frustrating shortcomings. First on our list is the printing experience. Read on for a first-hand account of the ironic workaround we needed to implement.

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Power BI Advanced Buttons For Salesforce

Clean, straightforward and well-integrated, the advanced buttons capabilities in the April 2019 release of Power BI enable integration with Salesforce and let you up your Salesforce reporting game. We’ll take you through a simple exercise that scratches the surface of the types of Salesforce reporting you can do with Power BI. Slick stuff. Check it out!

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Power BI’s Paginated Reports – Pixel Perfection Is Here

Hallelujah! The latest releases of Power BI resolve many of the pixel perfect, burstable and paginated report issues that have been chapping our hides. While not entirely hitting it out of the park, Microsoft gives us a much better transitional process.

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Microsoft BI Tool Overview & Comparison

The Microsoft BI front end tools are rich and varied and have also changed and grown over the years. In this blog, we give an overview of the Microsoft business analytics tools, from Power BI to Excel and SQL Server and include a chart that compares their features.

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