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«February 2016»

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!

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.


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

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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.


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.


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.


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:


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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I travel, I work, I EAT

As most of you know I am a consultant with Pragmatic Works, which requires me to travel a bit.  During my travels I encounter new people, new places and what I realized recently new food.  I am not going to say this is some type of new blog series that I am starting, because I have started several and just got bored with them after a few postings.  What I am going to say is that if time allows I am going to share a few thoughts and photos on places that I eat during my travels.  With that, here are a few comments about two places that dined at during my last engagement in Houston, TX. 

The first eatery is Verona’s Pizza and Italian Cuisine, which is located at 3995 S. Gessner Rd.  Unfortunately, this restaurant does not have a website, but you can click here to view their menu.  If you enjoy Garlic Bread and Pizza this place is a must stop.  Me and a couple of guys from the client site visited this place for lunch and all I have to say is the food was excellent.  Here are a couple of photos for your viewing enjoyment:

Verona Garlic Bread  Verona Pizza

The next place is Masala Wok, which serves Indian Asian cuisine.  This intrigued me a bit so I decided to go.  What made my visit to this eatery really enjoyable was the group that I joined for dinner.  I had the opportunity to eat dinner with five guys from India and they really new what to pick from the menu.  Instead of ordering individual plates, they ordered several items from the menu and our table became a huge buffet.  My favorite item on the “buffet” was the Lollipop Chicken.  Now I have eaten Lollipop lamb chops, but never chicken.  Here is another picture for your viewing enjoyment:

Masalo Wok Lollipop Chicken 

So if you are in Houston stop by either of these fine establishments and enjoy a taste of the local flavor.  Oh yeah, Masala Wok is a chain with restaurants in Dallas, Houston and Austin. 

Talk to you soon,

Patrick LeBlanc, MVP, founder SQL Lunch, and food critic Smile.

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