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Tech Tip Thursday: Connecting from Power BI Mobile to SSRS

Microsoft's Guy in a Cube has been providing tips and tricks for Power BI and Business Intelligence on his YouTube channel since 2014. On Thursdays we highlight a different helpful video from his collection. This week, Guy in a Cube shows you how to configure Active Directory Federated Services (ADFS) and the Web Application Proxy (WAP) role in Windows 2016, so that you can connect from Power BI mobile to SQL Server Reporting Services using OAuth.

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Visual Awesomeness Unlocked: Dual KPI custom visual

We have a very special new member to the custom visuals gallery: the Dual KPI. Dual KPI efficiently visualizes two measures over time. It shows their trend based on a joint timeline, while absolute values may use different scales. The reason this visualization is special is because we use it at Microsoft in executive dashboards to monitor usage and user satisfaction for each product, or when an executive wants to keep an eye on two KPIs at the same time (for example Profit and Market share or Sales and Profit).

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How Microsoft Treasury uses Power BI

The Microsoft Treasury group manages $158 billion in assets, including cash and investments, account receivable, equity, and other investments. They act as an in-house bank for operations in over 190 countries, monitor thousands of bank accounts, and provide just-in-time cash management on a global basis. With a purview this large, Microsoft Treasury relies on vast amount of data in order to make fast, accurate, and actionable decisions to keep their operations running smoothly. In the past, Treasury used a combination of Excel, PowerPoint, and third-party services to analyze and present their data, but Corporate VP, Treasurer George Zinn saw the future in the integration of a different product: Microsoft Power BI.

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Now in preview: Conversational BI with Q&A on Power BI mobile apps (iOS)

With Power BI mobile apps on iPhone and iPad, you can view and interact with all of your pre-defined reports and dashboards while on the go. But what about answering questions that are not pinned to your dashboards? Or questions that you didn’t prepare for? With this release, we are happy to add a preview of Q&A capabilities to our Power BI iOS app. With a unique chat-like experience that's tailor-made for natural language, you can ask questions of your data and receive answers in the form of charts and graphs directly on your mobile device.

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Find your data groove at Summit EMEA

Your data is powerful, which is why you need tools to harness it for smarter business decisions. Power BI and Dynamics 365 work side by side to deliver valuable insights that help you monitor your business, align departments, and anticipate customer needs. If you’re looking for new ways to use data visualizations, don’t miss this opportunity to attend Summit EMEA, a three-day experience for Dynamics users with a dedicated track for Power BI. You’ll learn about the latest Power BI updates and see what’s possible when you use Power BI and Dynamics 365 together.

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