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Power BI Publish to Web for Anonymous Access is Here

Earlier this week on Wednesday the Microsoft Power BI made an incredibly exciting announcement and released Power BI “publish to web” as a preview feature. This is HUUUUGE news! This was probably the top requested feature and its finally here thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Microsoft Power BI team!

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Power BI “publish to web” allows you to easily expose a Power BI report to the world through an iframe that can be embedded wherever you like.

To publish your Power BI report to the web, log into your Power BI site.

Find the report that you want to share and click File in the top left.
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You’ll see a message pop up box similar to below. Click the yellow button to create the embed code.
Power BI publish to web preview

This is where you’ll see a very important warning!
WARNING: Reports that you expose through the “publish to web” feature will be visible to everyone on the internet! This means NO AUTHENTICATION is required to view the report that is embedded in your application.
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Once you do that, you’ll receive an embed code that you can then use to expose your Power BI report within your blog as seen below!

https://msit.powerbi.com/view?r=eyJrIjoiYTNjNzcwNjctNTczMy00ZDMxLWFlMGUtMDViODA1NGZiNmI0IiwidCI6IjcyZjk4OGJmLTg2ZjEtNDFhZi05MWFiLTJkN2NkMDExZGI0NyIsImMiOjV9

As you can see the report maintains all the interactivity features of Power BI. And as your Power BI report updates and changes, those changes will be reflected in your embedded Power BI reports!

Pretty awesome!

Additional Resources

Read the Power BI “publish to web” announcement here.

Read the Power BI “publish to web” documentation here.

Feedback

Let me know what you think of this feature or if you have any questions. Leave a comment down below.


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MDX NON EMPTY KEYWORD VS NONEMPTY FUNCTION

Non Empty vs NonEmpty

Hey everyone, in this blog I want to address a very common MDX Question. What is the difference between the NON EMPTY keyword and NONEMPTY function? To take it a step further which one should you use?

Non Empty keyword VS NONEMPTY Function.

The big difference between the NON EMPTY keyword and the NONEMPTY function is when the evaluation occurs in the MDX. The NON EMPTY keyword is the last thing that is evaluated, in other words after all axes have been evaluated then the NON EMPTY keyword is executed to remove any empty space from the final result set. The NONEMPTY function is evaluated when the specific axis is evaluated.

Should I use NON EMPTY keyword or NONEMPTY function?

Ok Mitchell, so you told me when each of these are evaluated but really you haven’t told me anything up until this point. Can you tell me which one I should use already? Well, unfortunately, it depends. Let’s walk through an example of each using the BOTTOMCOUNT function.

BOTTOMCOUNT FUNCTION with NON EMPTY Keyword

In this example I’m returning the bottom ten selling products for internet sales. Notice that I have returned all products that have no internet sales, this is not necessarily a bad thing, maybe you want to return products that don’t have sales.

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However if you don’t want to return these products then we can try using the NON EMPTY keyword. In the below example you can see the results when I add NON EMPTY to the ROWS axis.

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WHOOOAAA, what happened?? A lot of people would have expected the results here to show the bottom ten products that DID have sales. However, that is not the case, remember that I said the NON EMPTY keyword is evaluated LAST after all axes have been evaluated. This means that first the bottom ten selling products which have $0 in sales are first returned and then the NON EMPTY keyword removes all that empty space from the final result.

BOTTOMCOUNT function with NONEMPTY function.

So let’s try this again, if you want to return the bottom ten products that had sales then we must first remove the empty space before using the BottomCount function. Take a look at the code below:

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In this code we first remove the empty space before using the BOTTOMCOUNT function. The result is we return the bottom ten products that had internet sales. Once again neither one is right or wrong here it just depends on what you want in your final result.

NON EMPTY Keyword vs. NONEMPTY Function – Performance

There is a very common misconception that the NONEM

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Excel 2013 Inquire Add-in

  • 11 February 2013
  • Author: DevinKnight
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What is Inquire

The Inquire Add-in for Excel 2013 helps you analyze and review your workbooks for things like relationships, invalid formulas, and to compare .xlsx files for differences.  Let’s take some time to review how to enable the add-in and then how to use it.

Enabling the Add-in

If you are using Office Professional Plus, the Inquire add-in comes installed with Excel you simply need to enable it.

The Inquire add-in is already installed with Excel 2013 you simply need to enable it by going to File –> Options –> Add-Ins.  Then Select COM Add-ins from the Manage dropdown and click Go

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Check off Inquire from the Add-Ins available list then click OK.

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Once you have enabled the add-in the INQUIRE tab will appear in the increasingly crowded Office ribbon.

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Let’s take a look at what this new add-in has given us.

What does it do?

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Workbook Analysis

The Workbook Analysis tool is used for analyzing details of a workbook for reporting on the things like the workbook structure, formulas, cells, ranges, and warnings.

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One odd thing here that a lot of people notice a workbook structure property called “Very hidden sheets”.  This is simple another way of hiding sheets through VBA.  See here for more details on how to do a Very hidden sheet.  http://j-walk.com/ss/excel/usertips/tip036.htm

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Workbook Relationship

The Workbook Relationship tool shows links between multiple workbooks that you may have.  This can be especially helpful when you have dozens of cell references to an external workbook.  Trying to untangle that mess can be very difficult and this tool visualizes those dependencies.

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Worksheet Relationship

The Worksheet Relationship tool works exactly the same as the Workbook Relationship but now visualizing dependencies at the sheet level.

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Cell Relationship

Again the Cell Relationship tool is very similar but it only shows relationships of cells that you have highlighted prior to click on the command.  These are often dependencies are often displayed because a cell is referenced in a formula.

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Compare

Compare Files

The Compare Files command lets you see the differences, cell by cell, between two workbooks. You need to have two workbooks open in Excel to run this command.

Any differences that the compare tool finds color coded by content type in a grid view.  Here’s an example output:

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Miscellaneous

Clean Excess Cell Formatting

If you've developed an Excel workbook that’s gotten out hand with how large it is and how much logic is built in use the Clean Excess Cell Formatting tool to remove extra formatting on cells that you may not be aware of. 

This can actually help increase the performance and file size of workbook that have become bloated with this kind of leftover formatting.  You can test it out by putting a background color on a couple irrelevant cells and then run the tool.

Workbook Passwords

If you are using the Inquire add-in for analyzing workbooks that are password protected you must add the workbook password to the Password Manager.

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Help

This is the standard Excel Help that will walk you through what the add-in does.

I’ve found the Inquire add-in has a couple nice features that i can definitely see myself using in our increasingly Excel centric world we live in.

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