How I Use the Microsoft Business Applications Release Notes For Power BI Roadmap

Microsoft has been publishing and maintaining Release Notes documents to share our plans for Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform (Power BI, Power Apps, Microsoft Flow, and the Common Data Service for Apps). You can find them here: This set of documentation is grouped to align with the semester system upon which development of […]

Introduction to R Scripts in Power BI Desktop

Since I started learning R, I wanted to play a bit with the use of R scripts in Power BI Desktop. Note that my R skills are very basic, so please don’t use this post as an example of top-notch R. At this time, there are three places in Power BI Desktop where you can […]

Power BI Customer Advisory Team – Senior Program Manager

I am beyond ecstatic to announce that, as of January 1st, I will be moving to a new role as a Senior Program Manager on the Power BI Customer Advisory Team. This is a total dream job for me. I have been a huge fan of Power BI ever since it launched. And while I […]

Processing Azure Analysis Services Using Azure Automation

Recently, I was working with a customer who was deploying a Tabular model to Azure Analysis Services. They were wondering how they would automate the processing of that model. There are certainly a few ways to do that. You can do it with C# or JavaScript via Azure Functions, as is described in this post […]

A Bully and a Hero: Depression and My Daughter

I typically blog about Microsoft data technologies, the overall Data community, and professional development topics. This is none of those. However, I think it will be the most important post I write. Note: I post all of this with my daughter’s permission and assure you she has read it before I posted it. We agreed, […]

Pig Data Analytics: Enhancing Power BI Q & A Using Synonyms

First things first: DISCLAIMER: No animals were harmed during the creation of this post. Background Power BI has long supported the ability to to use natural language queries against your data, a feature known as Q & A. You can read more about it here. There are steps you can take in building your data […]

NEW Elastic Database Jobs: SQL Agent For Azure SQL Database

Azure SQL Database is part of a strong, and strengthening overall Data story in Microsoft Azure. The flexibility of the platform, the scalability, both up and out, and the fact that so much functionality is just included all combine to show Azure SQL Database as a great offering. One thing that has been missing that […]

Passing Credential Asset in Azure Automation Test Pane

Lately, I have been learning Azure Automation. If you are not familiar with it, I encourage you to follow the link in the previous sentence. The remainder of this post will assume you have some familiarity with it. Note: The solution presented here works today. As Azure Automation continues to evolve, there is no guarantee […]

Connect Suggestion: SSAS Tabular Images In Azure VM Gallery

Greetings, noble readers. Currently, when utilizing the SQL Server images in the VM Gallery in Azure, any installations of SQL Server Analysis Services default to Multidimensional. Thus, if you want SSAS Tabular, you have additional work to perform. I was just chatting with a Senior Program Manager on the SQL Server Analysis Services product team. […]

Anyone Can SQL

I love the SQL Community. Plain and simple. I will extend that to the overall Microsoft Data community as well. We are a hugely supportive bunch. That fact that many of us refer to it as #SQLFamily is not an accident. There are so many ways to reach out for and provide help. A huge […]


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