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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.
Power BI publish to web

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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Getting Started With PerformancePoint 2010

  • 3 August 2010
  • Author: DevinKnight
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PerformancePoint is a great tool for monitoring and analyzing the performance of your business at a high level but also has the ability to dig into the details.  It makes it simple to create quick dashboards using KPIs, scorecards, charts and graphs.  PerformancePoint 2010 has also added a very impressive feature called a Decomposition Tree (shown below), which makes it possible to see what is driving your company’s numbers.  PerformancePoint has come a long way since its origin.  You can learn a little about those origins from  Mark Stacey  who has a great post on the timeline of how PerformancePoint came to its current existence. 

When talking with BI specialists I find that more often than not they think PerformancePoint is a very intimidating tool to pick up.  Fortunately, it is not a difficult tool to understand but I think the reason it is so daunting to many people is because of the integration with SharePoint.  SharePoint seems to be the Achilles heel of BI developers but has become more necessary than ever to understand with the release of SharePoint 2010.

The easiest way to get started with PerformancePoint is to create a new SharePoint site using the Business Intelligence Center template.  This site template already has a PerformancePoint content list built in so all you have to do is select PerformancePoint content from the navigation pane and then hit Add new item. 

 

When you hit Add new item it will take a few moments but will automatically download and open the PerformancePoint Dashboard Designer.  You’ll notice that PerformancePoint has the same looks and feel of other Office tools.  The Office ribbon is utilized here just like it would be in Excel or Word.

In this post on getting started with PerformancePoint I just wanted to introduce you to tool.  Look for my next post that will walk you through creating your first objects in PerformancePoint.  For more information on PerformancePoint make sure to pre order my latest book that focuses on the whole BI stack including SharePoint BI.

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