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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doesn’t get done, or costs an arm and a leg to pull together documentation that isn’t properly maintained and is soon out of date.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? đź’«

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!

Data Vizioner Kicks Off 2019

18 April 2019 in Announcements

Less than a year after launching a beta version of Power BI Documenter, Data Vizioner is entering its next phase of growth with a new brand identity, a growing user base and an exciting pipeline of new features to be rolled out over the coming year.

“The past 9 months have been incredible for Data Vizioner. The uptake of our first product Power BI Documenter has far exceeded our initial expectations with people trying the product in over 20 countries and providing insights that are helping us better understand our users.”

Soheil Bakhshi, Data Vizioner Co-founder

Growing up

Whether you’re creating reports, or using them to make key business decisions, Data Vizioner instantly lets you see how they are built and gives you confidence that you can trust the data you are seeing.

Over the coming year Power BI Documenter functionality will continue to improve, including a complete overhaul of the user interface designed to better map to the way you work, whether you’re a developer building dashboards or using them to make key business decisions.

Pricing

During the beta launch of Power BI Documenter, access has been free – and we will continue to offer a free version of the Data Vizioner tools with our Starter package going forward to ensure everyone has access to essential tools that make your life as a Power BI user easier!

The start of the new year also means the introduction of a new Professional edition which will include all our latest enhancements, such as best practice features that not only offer you advice on how to improve your PBIT files, but also fix them for you at the click of a button! The Professional edition is available to new users today for US$49 per month with a 14 day free trial.

Existing users

Your support has helped us grow – and we want to acknowledge and thank you for your contribution to the Data Vizioner community! As a thank you, all users that started using Power Documenter before 1 April 2019 who upgrade to Professional before 15 May 2019 will be eligible for a discounted rate of US$29 per user, per month for the life of your account!

We want to minimise the impact of these changes on your business, so please get in touch if you have any questions or comments.

Spread the word

As an early adopter we really value your support and feedback. Please keep sending us your thoughts – the good, the bad and the ugly! We hope that you will continue to spread word about Data Vizioner to your colleagues and networks. As a startup, this is essential to our continued growth!