Here’s a summary of the updates Microsoft released for Power BI Desktop in February 2019. Full details on this months updates can be found on the Power BI blog May-19.

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The feature we’ve picked out as the highlight for February is the ValQ visualisationWatch the below video to see this feature in action, the video will automatically start and end in the relevant places.

We don’t yet have a great understanding of this visual, and it’s precise use cases, but it looks very interesting. It actually appears to offer a somewhat similar experience to the Decomposition Tree that was available in PerformancePoint some years ago (for those who remember that). However, this visual appears to go way above and beyond the Decomposition Tree by giving the users the option of applying “what if” style analysis, and the ability to access more more detail data when and where required.

As mentioned in the below video, although the ValQ visualisation is a custom visual its actually more of a self contained app/platform that runs within Power BI. We’ll be trying out this visual and we may well write a blog dedicated to it if we find a good use case for it.

The Performance Analyser pane is well worth a mention and a look too, particularly when report developers find themselves with a slow responding/refreshing/rendering report (we know we have in the recent past). How well this feature highlights problems, and how much it helps developers fix these problems is yet to be seen, but its certainly a useful feature that we’re sure Microsoft will develop further – and it may become an area of specialism in itself.

We do think there are a couple of features (particularly new custom visuals) covered this month that are worth avoiding but we won’t name or shame these. Anything that puts form over function will always seem a little pointless to us.

Please do post any questions or comments you have below, we’d love to hear from you

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