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«November 2015»

DirectQuery in Power BI Desktop

In the latest Power BI Desktop a new Preview features was released that now allows you to connect using DirectQuery to either SQL Server or Azure SQL Databases.  DirectQuery is a really neat feature that allows you to point to the live version of the data source rather than importing the data into a data model in Power BI Desktop. 

Normally when you want to get an updated dataset in the Power BI Desktop you would have to manually click the refresh button (this can be automated in the Power BI Service), which would initiate a full reimport of your data.  This refresh could take a variable amount of time depending on how much data your have.  For instance, if you’re refreshing a very large table you may be waiting quite a while to see the newly added data. 

With DirectQuery data imports are not required because you’re always looking at a live version of the data.  Let me show you how it works!

Turning on the DirectQuery Preview

Now, because DirectQuery is still in Preview you must first activate the feature by navigating to File->Options and settings->Options->Preview Features then check DirectQuery for SQL Server and Azure SQL Database


Once you click OK you may be prompted to restart the Power BI Desktop to utilize the feature.

Using DirectQuery in Power BI Desktop

Next make a connection either to an On-Premises SQL Server or Azure SQL database.

Go to the Home ribbon and select Get Data then SQL Server.


Provide your Server and Database names then click OK. ***Do not use a SQL statement.  It is not currently supported with DirectQuery***


From the Navigator pane choose the table(s) you would like to use.  I’m just going to pick the DimProduct table for this example and then click Load.  You could select Edit and that would launch the Query Editor where you could manipulate the extract.  This would allow you to add any business rules needed to the data before visualizing it.


Next you will be prompted to select what you want to connect to the data. Again, Import means the data

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The Big Data Blog Series

Over the last few years I’ve been speaking a lot on the subject of Big Data. I started by giving an intermediate session called “Show Me Whatcha’ Workin’ With”. This session was designed for people who had attended a one hour introductory session that showed you how to load data, to look at possible applications … Continue reading The Big Data Blog Series
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Ohio Business Intelligence Road Trip 2013

  • 27 June 2013
  • Author: DevinKnight
  • Number of views: 2483

imageNext month Mike Davis and myself will be making a epic road trip.  We will be flying into Columbus, OH to deliver a two day (7/16 – 7/17) workshop on advanced Reporting Services techniques.  We will then pack up and drive to Cleveland, OH for another two day (7/18-7/19) workshop on advance Integration Services techniques. 

Come join us for what should be a fun week!  I’ve already talked to a few folks that will be making the drive with us and attending both sessions.  Hope to see you there!

Columbus Master SSRS Workshop

Duration: 2 Days

Schedule: 7/16/2013 – 7/17/2013 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Price: $299


Microsoft Office 
Polaris Center 
800 Lyra Dr. 
Suite 400 
Columbus, OH 43240

Master Report Developers must hold unique traits to set themselves and their work apart from others. This two day class is designed to take you to the next level in your understanding of SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS). We use a variety of lab exercises to ensure lecture sessions are backed up by hands on experience. With the hands-on labs, you will learn how to create complex reports that use Analysis Services as a data source and custom code assemblies. This course will cover all the advanced topics of Reporting Services like scaled-out deployment, .Net integration and monitoring Reporting Services usage.


Cleveland Master SSIS Workshop

Duration: 2 Days

Schedule: 7/18/2013 – 7/19/2013 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Price: $299


Microsoft Office 
Park Center III 
6050 Oak Tree Blvd. S., Third Floor 
Independence, OH 44131

During this 2 day advanced SSIS training course, you will learn how to use SSIS in your enterprise to solve common extract, transform and load (ETL) challenges. This class assumes you know the basics of SSIS and takes you from the novice level to a more effective, advanced ETL developer. Much of this class focuses on implementing common real-world SSIS patterns taught from the experts of SSIS. You’ll also learn how to performance tune SSIS. Be prepared for a very in-depth day of SSIS that gets advanced in many areas.


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