Posts categorized: Features

Here’s how Microsoft executives are using Power BI

The Customer Data and Analytics (CDnA) team at Microsoft enables strategic data insights that shape the entire organization, from high-level leadership policies to small product decisions. Both CDnA and the Power BI product have mutually benefited from a close relationship since the Power BI public preview in 2015. In fact, the early and ongoing input from this internal Microsoft team and its users has helped make Power BI the “enterprise ready”, robust, and feature-rich platform it is today. Learn more about the relationship between Power BI and CDnA, and how they use reports and dashboard to help run one of the world's largest and fastest moving companies.

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Happy Second Birthday to Power BI

Today, Power BI is two years old! When we released the new Power BI service, Power BI Desktop, and Power BI Mobile on July 24, 2015, we knew we had an innovative business intelligence solution, but we didn't expect to create such an inspiring community of data and reporting professionals. Over the last year we've continued to add new features, improve existing tools, and integrate even better with our fellow Microsoft products, while maintaining the same commitment to quality. See some of our highlights from the past 12 months, and a special video from Microsoft to our awesome community.

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Introducing dashboard email subscriptions: a 360-degree view of your business in your inbox every day

Today, I am excited to announce the public preview of email subscriptions for dashboards in the Power BI service. Power BI dashboards pull together reports, images, Excel workbooks, and more, to provide a 360-degree view of your organization in a single pane of glass. Now, you can set up a dashboard subscription in seconds, and that same pane of glass can be delivered to your inbox every day. Keeping tabs on your critical data has never been easier.

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Announcing Data Refresh APIs in the Power BI Service

Today, I am excited to announce the general availability of new APIs for managing data refresh in the Power BI service. These new APIs will allow you to programmatically trigger data refreshes and retrieve refresh history for any dataset that you own. With these versatile new tools, you’ll be able to easily automate and scale out Power BI data refresh management – no more clicking through dataset settings or flipping through refresh histories. In addition, these APIs open the door to integrating data refresh into your existing ETL or deployment processes. You could, for example, trigger Power BI data refresh as the last step in your Azure Data Factory ETL pipeline. And, as an ISV, you can easily manage the data for all your embedded analytics solutions.

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Community Blog Highlights

Have you visited the Power BI Community blog lately? Along with rapidly growing forums, event listings, and ways to leave feedback, the Community blog is a platform for you to share ideas with your peers, industry experts, and us here at Microsoft. To get started, simply message me, @Jessica, with a rough title for your post and a couple of sentences to describe your topic. Now, let's check out some of the great posts from the last month!

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