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Webinar – Self-service BI, and its perils

30 November 2019 in Uncategorized

Whether you’re just starting out in business intelligence or a specialist yourself, this webinar will help you understand what you need to be thinking about as we close out 2019 and look to the year ahead.

Join Microsoft MVP Soheil Bakhshi to find out how the world of business intelligence and analytics is changing, and what you need to do to keep your data safe.

In this webinar, we’ll be talking about:

  • How access to data empowers your organization to create and share insights, and the challenges and risks that come with this.​
  • Real world scenarios where projects have gone wrong, and what to watch out for as you make data more accessible.​
  • Why governance is increasingly important when it comes to managing risk and what this means to you and your business.

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It’s our first birthday!

30 July 2019 in Uncategorized

What a year it’s been! This time last year we had a problem to solve.

People just like you told us that it simply takes too long to document, review and improve Power BI reports – so it either doesn’t get done, or costs an arm and a leg to pull together documentation that isn’t properly maintained and is soon out of date.

You were pulling your hair out. Projects were running over budget, business risks were skyrocketing and handovers were a nightmare.

We set out to solve this problem, and for more than 1000 early adopters we have taken the first steps in doing so. You have provided us with feedback, insights and your trust – and as a startup that is something we are truly grateful for.

Let’s start the party 🎉

The thing about birthdays is that gifts get given, but you don’t need to buy us one – we’re the ones doing the giving this year. Upgrade to Professional this week and get a free Data Vizioner tee-shirt and cap. Yup, that’s right – we’re kitting you out.

If it’s been a while since you’ve used Power BI Documenter, we’ve put you back on a free trial so you can jump in and test some of our latest capabilities – including bulk upload. Upload a few of your most complex PBIT files and let us know how you get on. We’re on hand to answer your questions!

What’s next? 💫

A lot has been happening in the background over the last six months. We’ve begun rolling out our new UI, and this will be competed by the end of the quarter along with the release of new features for our customers who are managing multiple users.

Are you a professional services firm? Ask us about our Partner Program.

But a lot has been happen with Power BI itself, and we’ve got a stack of features lined up for release in the run up to Christmas. Keep an eye on our blog for the latest updates, along with our feature update emails.

Until then, make sure you upgrade this week to get your free tee and cap. We’ll grab your size, you’ll tell us what colour you prefer and we’ll get it delivered.

Work with other people that might benefit from using Power BI Documenter? Please like or share our birthday update on LinkedIn to help spread the word.

The journey has been great so far, and we’re looking forward to the coming year.

– Soheil, Nima and Tim

PBIT vs PBIX – How and why they’re different

20 July 2019 in Uncategorized

As we onboard more users onto Power BI Documenter, we’re finding lots of the same questions keep popping up. One of the most common is lack of clarity around PBIT and PBIX files. In this post we’ll explain what they are, how they’re different and where each can be found.

What is a PBIT file?

A PBIT file acts as a Power BI template. It doesn’t include any data from your source systems. So, if you’re mashing up data from Excel files with some data from SQL Server and load that data into your Power BI model, when you save that file as PBIT it clears all of your data, but keeps your report structure.

What is a PBIX file?

In contrast, when you save your Power BI files in PBIX format, if your Power BI model is in Data Import mode, then not only do you store the report structure, but also you store all the data imported from different data sources into Power BI. Therefore, when you share the PBIX file with others you’re indeed sharing a report along with its underlying data. 

Its always best to take precautions

At Data Vizioner, our aim is to keep the customers’ data as safe as possible. To keep your data safe, the first step for us is not to accept PBIX files that contain your underlying data. We don’t need anything more than the report structure to help you automate your Power BI report documentation – which is why we chose to use PBIT files for Power BI Documenter.

But how do I produce a PBIT file?

To see how easy it is to export your Power BI reports to PBIT tap the button below and we’ll show you how!