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How to: Build a SQL Server Dashboard with Power BI

Posted by denglishbi on February 20, 2018

NOTE (2/25/18): one thing to mention is that this example will work with SQL 2016+. in my example the script I use to get the database table information uses the DROP IF EXISTS and that was introduced in SQL 2016. If you check the comments there is a link to the SQL file that contains the four scripts that are being used.

A couple of years ago when Power BI Desktop was released I did a blog post on How to: Build a SQL Server Dashboard with Power BI Desktop.  Today I will be presenting to the local MN SQL Server User Group on this very topic.

The example I will be doing is an enhanced version of the original blog post I did back in 2015, wow! (seems like just yesterday)

This by no means is a complete solution to cover everything a DBA or accidental DBA would need, but it is a starting point to show the possibilities and get you thinking.

The updated version is based on the February 2018 release of Power BI Desktop. I have included table information, current connections (based on last refresh), drillthrough, and bookmarks.

The Power BI Dashboard that I created in the Power BI Service is for the most part the same:

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For the reports I made a modification to the Database Detail to included bookmarks and created a toggle button to switch between a table and chart. Nothing too fancy and I simply created the toggle button images with the Snagit Editor, so pretty basic.

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Then I added two additional pages for Table Info (has Drillthrough filter defined for Database Name) and Connections.

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For the Drillthrough if you are on the Dashboard or Detail pages you can right-click on a database in a visual and see the Drillthrough option that will allow you to jump to the Table Info page and automatically filter the results based on your selection.

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The presentation materials as well as a Power BI Desktop Template file are available for you to download from my OneDrive here – Power BI SQL Dashboard files.

When you open up the Power BI template file you will be asked for the name of the SQL Server Instance you want to connect to, click load, and you might be prompted about encryption with the connection as well.

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You will just need to make sure that you have the necessary permissions to run the queries I have included;)

Be sure to check out the presentation materials, I have included a bunch of good resources to check out as well at the end.

Enjoy and hope you like it and I hope it gets you thinking about the possibilities with using Power BI.

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PASSMN February 2018 Meeting

Posted by denglishbi on February 12, 2018

The next Minnesota SQL Server User Group meeting is on Tuesday, February 20. This month I will be doing a presentation on how to use Power BI Desktop to build reports off SQL Server database information and creating a dashboard.

Be sure to register so that your name badge will be available for you at the Microsoft Technology Center when you arrive and so that we will have an accurate headcount for ordering food.PASSMNLogo

The sponsor for this month’s meeting is DallasDBAs.

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Location: 3601 West 76th Street, Suite 600 Edina, MN 55437

Agenda:

  • 3:30-4:00 : Registration, Networking, and Food
  • 4:00-4:10 : Kickoff / Announcements
  • 4:10-5:25 : How to: Build a SQL Server Dashboard with Power BI (Dan English)
  • 5:25-5:35 : Closing

Please click here for meeting details and to RSVP for the event

Presentation

How to: Build a SQL Server Dashboard with Power BI

Abstract: This session will provide an overview of Power BI tools including the Desktop, Service, and Mobile application. We will use Power BI to pull some information about SQL Server databases such as the count, sizes, last backup, recovery model, and file information. We will explore some of the recent capabilities that were added to Power BI Desktop like drill through and bookmarks. The example will be provided after the meeting so that you can review the code, try it out, and enhance the reports on your own.

About Dan: Dan is the Sr. Data Warehouse Architect at Constellation, Inc., a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, speaker, author, technical editor, and community leader. He has been developing with Microsoft technologies for over 20 years, and over 13 years with Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence. He has been working with SQL Server since version 6.5 and now using 2017! Dan has videos on YouTube and Vimeo, is blogger, and tweets. Dan is the group leader for the PASS Business Analytics Virtual Group and the Director of Technology for the MN SQL Server User Group.

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PASS Business Analtyics Virtual Group Jan 25 “Power BI: How to take advantage of ArcGIS Maps, SandDance and Synoptic Panel”

Posted by denglishbi on January 22, 2018

The next PASS Business Analytics Virtual Group meeting will be this week on Thursday, January 25.  We welcome Marek Matuszewski who will be showing us some of the new cool data visualizations in Power BI.PASSBA_Logo

–> REGISTER NOW <– (Login with PASS account first to register for webinar)

January 25 – Power BI: How to take advantage of ArcGIS Maps, SandDance and Synoptic Panel

Session Abstract

Join us and learn best practices and some of the most powerful features which are available in all 3 Power BI visuals: ArcGIS Maps, SandDance and Synoptic Panel.

Speaker Bio –

Marek is the Managing Partner & Head of Business Intelligence at the Efexcon AG,+8 years Software Development Experience, Business Intelligence Specialist, Entrepreneur, extraordinary performer, Visionary leader. In 2017 at – O365 Business Tag, Microsft Munich; CeBIT 2017 Hannover, Microsoft Partner stand; SQL Saturday 656 in Denmark, Microsoft Kopenhagen. First person in Germany who gave a speech at ALL German Power BI User Groups. One of his biggest audience was 40 000 people hearing him live, broadcasting an Audition about IT in the local radio station. He is very energetic and always give a lot of positive energy for the Audience. Power BI expert -one of his report “Regular Crimes in Central London” was featured on Microsoft Power BI blog.

–> REGISTER NOW <– (Login with PASS account first to register for webinar)

Also, we will be doing a random drawing after the webinar and giving away eight $50 Amazon gift cards to anyone that attends and fills out the survey!

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PASS Business Analytics Virtual Group October 19 “R visual in Power BI: with pbiviz and ggplot2”

Posted by denglishbi on October 18, 2017

The next PASS Business Analytics Virtual Group meeting will be this week on Thursday, October 19.  We welcome back Leila Etaati who will be showing us how to use R to visualize data in Power BI.PASSBA_Logo

–> REGISTER NOW <– (Login with PASS account first to register for webinar)

October 19 – R visual in Power BI: with pbiviz and ggplot2

Session Abstract

The integration of R inside Power BI provides lots of possibilities for doing machine learning and providing more data visualization options. In this session, I will first show how to write R code inside the R visualization area. Then, how to create some visuals that we do not have currently in Power BI visualizations like Slope chart, Facet chart and Column width chart with the help of ggplot2 package. Moreover, there is a possibility to create your own custom visual as pbiviz file by writing R codes and importing it into your Power BI report. I will go through the process of creating a pbiviz file.

Speaker Bio –

Leila is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, PhD, mentor, speaker, trainer, and consultant. She spoke in some important SQL server conference such as Data insight Summit, SQLNexus, SQL Rally and Microsoft ignite New Zealand, PASS BA, PASS 24 H, and so on. She has over 10 years’ experience working with SQL server. She was involved in many large-scale projects for big sized companies as SQL server and BI consultant. She worked in Industries including banking financial, power and utility, manufacturing .Leila is PhD of Information System department, University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is a lecturer of BI and Machine Learning courses.

–> REGISTER NOW <– (Login with PASS account first to register for webinar)

Also, we will be doing a random drawing after the webinar and giving away eight $50 Amazon gift cards to anyone that attends and fills out the survey!

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Microsoft Data Insights Summit 2017 Sessions Available On-Demand

Posted by denglishbi on June 14, 2017

If you missed out on attending or watching the live streaming event the last two days you can now watch the content on the MS Power BI YouTube channel.

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And if you missed out on the 2016 event, those videos are also available.

Enjoy!

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MN PASS Microsoft BI User Group Meeting – Jun 19

Posted by denglishbi on June 12, 2017

The next MN Microsoft BI User Group meeting is on Monday, June 19. There will be two presentations, the first one is Analyzing Healthcare Open Data with Power BI (presented by me) and the other is Time Intelligence in DAX (by Marco Russo!).

Please Register Now (Please register so that your name badge is pre-printed)

MN Microsoft BI User Group June 2017 Meeting

Date: Monday, June 19, 2017

Check In: 3:45 PM Event Time: 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Location: Microsoft Technology Center – 3601 76th St W, Suite 600 Edina MN 55435

Please Register Now (Please register so that your name badge is pre-printed)

Agenda:

  • 3:45-4:00 : Check-In
  • 4:00-4:15 : Microsoft BI User Group Updates and Announcements
  • 4:15-5:15 : Analyzing Healthcare Open Data with Power BI (Dan English)
  • 5:15-6:00 : Break, Dinner, Networking
  • 6:00-7:00 : Time Intelligence in DAX (Marco Russo)
  • 7:00-7:30 : Closing / Prizes

Presentations:

Session 1: Analyzing Healthcare Open Data with Power BI

In this session we will explore and evaluate Healthcare data that is freely available to the public. You will see how easily we can consume and integrate the data to analyze and investigate. In the demos you will see some of the latest enhancements and features that have been included with Power BI such as ArcGIS (Esri) maps, forecasting, Top N filtering, grouping / binning, custom R visuals, and maybe a few more along the way. If you are interested in Open Data, Healthcare, or have to perform a lot of data manipulation in Excel or other tools to provide analysis for your job then this is the session for you. Leverage the free capabilities of Power BI, advanced analytics, and help simplify your everyday workload and wow your boss!

Speaker: Dan English, Sr Data Warehouse Architect and Microsoft Data Platform MVP

Dan is the Sr. Data Warehouse Architect at Constellation, Inc., a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, speaker, author, technical editor, and community leader. He has been developing with Microsoft technologies for over 20 years, and over 13 years with Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence. He has been working with SQL Server since version 6.5 and now using 2016 and test driving 2017! Dan has videos on YouTube and Vimeo, is blogger, and tweets. Dan is the group leader for the PASS Business Analytics Virtual Group.

Session 2: Time Intelligence in DAX

Time Intelligence is probably the most interesting feature of any analytical solution. Quick measures in Power BI can help you up to a certain point, because if you have more than one date column in your data model, it is also important creating the right data model, having the right Date table, and using the right DAX function to compute calculations such as Year-To-Date, Month-To-Date, Same-Period-Last-Year, and others.

In this session, you will see how to properly use time intelligence calculations in Power BI, avoiding data modeling and DAX mistakes, and using the right work around for the missing “Mark as Date table” feature that you have in Power Pivot.

Speaker: Marco Russo, Microsoft Data Platform MVP

Marco Russo is a Business Intelligence consultant and mentor. He has worked with Analysis Services since 1999, and written several books about Power Pivot, Power BI, Analysis Services Tabular, and the DAX language. With Alberto Ferrari, he writes the content published on www.sqlbi.com, mentoring companies’ users about the new Microsoft BI technologies. Marco is also a speaker at international conferences such as Microsoft Ignite, PASS Summit, PASS BA Conference, and SQLBits.

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Power BI Wide World Importers Demo Walk-Through

Posted by denglishbi on March 28, 2017

Last August at the MN Microsoft Power BI User Group I presented a walk-through of Power BI based on the new SQL Server 2016 sample database Wide World Importers.  I thought I had done a follow up post to share the content, but I believe I just posted this on the LinkedIn Group and possibly on Twitter and it might have been posted on the old user group site.

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I apologize for not posting this on my blog as well for reference.  All of the files for the walk-through are available out on my OneDrive and this includes the presentation slides, Power BI sample files, instructions, logo, and DAX calculations. You can download the files individually or simply download the single zip file.

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In this example I walk through the process of getting the data, building out the data model, and then performing the report development with the visualizations.

Here is a screenshot of what the final output looked like:

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Sorry for the delay on posting this content and I hope you find it useful. If you like the example let me know and I can include some additional updates to this material and build it out a bit more.

Thanks and enjoy!

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Analyzing Healthcare Open Data with Power BI

Posted by denglishbi on March 24, 2017

Back in December I presented the topic Analyzing Healthcare Open Data with Power BI at the PASS BA Marathon. I want to apologize for not posting this follow up post sooner, December was just a busy month with the holidays, vacations, and after that I just kept putting this off. Well no more, here is the follow up finally. In addition to this post I have also posted the Power BI example I prepared into the Data Stories Gallery.

Here is a screenshot of the demo that I presented which was based on the World Health Organization world wide expenditure data

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The presentation material and a recording of the presentation is available on the PASS web site here – Analyzing Healthcare Open Data.

Just a heads up that during the presentation I lost my Internet wifi signal but it was only for a couple of minutes and I was able to get reconnected and resume the content from where I left off.

Here is a list of some of the Healthcare Open Data sites that I shared:

I would have liked to have spent more time on reviewing some of the sites listed above to showcase some of the data that is freely available, but with the technical difficulty I had to skip over that to allow time for the Power BI demo that I had planned and to allow time for Q&A. In the demo I showed some of the new capabilities in Power BI that were released such as the dropdown slicer option, forecasting, clustering, R visuals, Top N filtering, and a few more.

I will plan on revising the content and doing an updated version that hopefully I can present for the PASS Business Analytics Virtual Group later this year. There were a bunch of great questions asked and I am appreciative for the feedback that was provided from all of the attendees. I am glad people were able to walk away with a few nuggets of information regarding Healthcare Open Data and Power BI capabilities.

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PASS Business Analytics Virtual Group March 21 – Excel to Power BI

Posted by denglishbi on March 14, 2017

The next PASS Business Analytics Virtual Group meeting will be next week on Tuesday, March 21.  We welcome Avi Singh who is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, trainer, and author and he will be presenting on taking the leap from Excel to Power BI.PASSBA_Logo

–> REGISTER NOW <–

March 21– Excel to Power BI: 5 lessons you need to Unlearn to unlock Analytical Superpowers

Session Abstract

Are you struggling to make the transition from Excel to Power BI? As Avi Singh found out, through his own experience and that of hundreds of his students, there are key habits you need to UNLEARN before you can embrace the awesomeness of Power BI. Join us to learn what’s been holding you back.

Speaker Bio –

Avi Singh is a Power BI trainer and consultant based out of Seattle. He is a Microsoft MVP, co-author of the top-selling book “Power Pivot and Power BI: An Excel User’s Guide” and a regular speaker at conferences and user events. Avi has personally experienced the transformation and empowerment that Power BI can bring, going from an Excel user to building large-scale Power BI solutions. His mission now is to spread the word and share his knowledge about Power BI. You can follow him on his blog at www.avising.com or video blog at https://www.youtube.com/ModernExcel

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Also, we will be doing a random drawing after the webinar and giving away one $25 Amazon gift card to anyone that attends and fills out the survey!

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PASS Business Analytics Marathon–March 29

Posted by denglishbi on March 6, 2017

The next PASS Business Analytics (BA) Marathon is coming up this month on March 29 and there is a great list of topics and speakers lined up. Register now and get the sessions on your calendars in preparation for the big event.image

Register here – http://bit.ly/passbaspring2017

Here is the schedule:

  • Compelling Visuals in Power BI

    • 29 Mar 2017 17:00 GMT – Prathy Kamasani
    • In this demo-focused session, Prathy Kamasani will be using Airbnb dataset to walk through most of built-in and custom visualisations available in Power BI Desktop.Prathy will walk through how to use and format these visualisations to create compelling visualisations.We will also look at how we can use R visualisations in Power BI with minimal knowledge of R.

  • Power BI Twitter Brand Awareness Dashboard

    • 29 Mar 2017 18:00 GMT – David Moss
    • Just launched a media campaign, monitoring your brand awareness and you need to understand LIVE social media insights?David Moss Power BI Solutions Architect will show you how to summarise your live social media twitter streams in a single Power BI dashboard.Visualising and monitoring live Twitter trends and comments can assist to control social insights by addressing social interaction when and where it arises, help monitor positive & negative sentiments on your Twitter feed and drill down into specific tweets to reach out to your customers to manage & control your social brand awareness. Even find engagement opportunities and discover influencers and monitor @brand mentions and #hashtags.In this session you will learn about the Azure Power BI & Cortana Intelligence Suite architecture solution required for your Social Media Power BI dashboard.An exciting technical social media marketer’s brand awareness toolset.

  • Hands-On Data Analysis With Power BI Desktop

    • 29 Mar 2017 19:00 GMT – Koen Verbeeck
    • There are lots of flashy Power BI demos everywhere. But most of the time, you don’t see the internal mechanics. In this demo-heavy session, we’re going to build a Power BI demo from scratch. We’ll combine data from various sources, build a simple data model and start creating data visualizations. We’ll also take a quick look at the analytical capabilities of Power BI Desktop. After this session, you’ll have a good overview of the features Power BI Desktop has to offer and you can start your own data analytics journey.

  • Storytelling with Infographics

    • 29 Mar 2017 20:00 GMT – Jen Underwood
    • Visual storytelling and depiction of information has existed for hundreds of years in various forms and formats. In today’s era of unprecedented data volumes, variety and velocities, infographics can help us make sense of the ocean of data. Telling an effective story through infographics requires accurate data, planning, compelling design, and visualization choices. Please join me in this fun, visual eye candy session to learn the art of storytelling with infographics.

  • Three Data Preparation Essentials for Predictive Modeling

    • 29 Mar 2017 21:00 GMT – Dean Abbott
    • Every predictive modeler or analytics professional knows the importance of data preparation; experts place the time expended in this stage from 50% to even 90% of the time one spends building predictive models. It is time-consuming and daunting because there are so many ways data can be wrong. Yet there are many principles that are reused in nearly every data set.This session focuses on three essential steps in data preparation, taking into consideration the data itself and how algorithms sometimes dictate the kinds of data preparation we do. The principles apply not only to predictive models, but also to data visualization and dashboards. Examples from actual modeling projects will illustrate the principles.

 

Register here – http://bit.ly/passbaspring2017

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