Power BI, Microsoft’s business analytics and data visualization tool, has been a game changer for businesses looking to make data-driven decisions. And with the release of Power BI in March 2023, Microsoft is making it even easier to tell compelling stories with data. The new release will make story telling in Power Point generally available, allowing users to seamlessly integrate their Power BI visualizations into Power Point presentations.
One of the biggest challenges when working with data is communicating insights effectively. This is where data visualization comes in, as it allows us to present complex data in an easy-to-understand format. With Power BI, users can create interactive and dynamic dashboards and reports, but until now, it hasn’t been easy to integrate these visualizations into presentations or reports.
The new release of Power BI changes all of that. With the ability to export Power BI visualizations to Power Point, users can now create stunning presentations that combine the best of both worlds – the interactivity of Power BI and the storytelling capabilities of Power Point.
To export a Power BI visualization to Power Point, simply select the visualization you want to export and choose the “Export to Power Point” option. This will create a new Power Point slide with the selected visualization embedded in it. From there, users can customize the slide with additional text, images, or other visualizations as needed.
One of the key benefits of this new feature is that it enables users to tell a more complete story with their data. Rather than presenting static graphs or tables, users can create interactive and engaging presentations that allow their audience to explore the data in real time. This not only makes the presentation more engaging, but it also helps to drive better decision making by enabling the audience to see the data in context and make connections that might not be immediately obvious.
Another benefit of the new Power BI release is that it streamlines the process of creating presentations. Rather than having to manually copy and paste visualizations into Power Point, users can now export them directly from Power BI, saving time and reducing the risk of errors.
Overall, the new release of Power BI is a game changer for anyone looking to tell a more compelling story with their data. With the ability to seamlessly integrate Power BI visualizations into Power Point presentations, users can now create dynamic and engaging presentations that drive better decision making and help their audience to understand the insights more clearly.
When I am working on, building and/or designing my Microsoft Power BI reports, I go back and forth between my desktop PC and my notebook. If my data source is a local file, like an Excel file, it can be tricky. Tricky, that is, if you do not use parameters for the file path. I use this feature now, EVERY time I work with local data. Saves me oodles of time and frustration! Check it out!
Recently I was asked how to only show the data for the last date in a Microsoft Power BI dataset. I immediately said “DAX”, but ended up with some complexity that was not necessary. After some rounds with DAX and M, my “aha” moment occurred. Actually, it was more my “inner data modeler” saying “Belinda…. Get With It!”
Filters… Filters is all that is needed. Watch this video and see how easy it is
Microsoft Power BI has a cool feature in Preview, that allows you to split a single visual into multiple visuals based on a filter. In this video, I take Sales by Customer Class (Group/Category), create small multiples based on the class, and make the axis a class for Items sold. This feature works on several of the “out of the box” visuals. In the attached video, I will use a clustered column chart and a line and clustered column chart.
I love using this feature when the visual (using the small multiples) is the only visual on the page, taking the entire page.
I will also show you some formatting options for small multiples as well.
In this Tiny Tip, Belinda will show you how to use a new feature to do something cool, using Microsoft Power BI.
In this report, there is a page that is Sales by category, with a slicer that displays countries. There is a similar page, that displays a table with sales line details. The slicer on the detail page is sync’d with the first page.
Belinda will Insert > Shape, selecting a triangle. The April 2021 update has many more shape options. Another great option for this example, opposed to the Triangle, would have been right arrow or the chevron.
Belinda will format the triangle and add an Action to the shape, on the Format shape pane. The action assigned will be Page Navigation, then select the detailed page.
Now, with a simple click in the web service (or a Ctrl+click in the desktop), users can easily navigate from one page to the next.
In this Tiny Tip, I will show you how to break up a big flat query in the Microsoft Power BI Query Editor using Reference. This will prevent you from having to import the same data into your data model multiple times.