Frederik Aerts

28 Nov 2018 How to Automatically add measures to Power BI

Some time ago I wrote a blogpost to retrieve all the measures from your tabular cube or from your open Power BI files. I made a simple addition to this blog, enjoy! And don't forget to watch the how-to video.

21 Feb 2018 There’s always an insight with Power BI: CONCATENATEX

Not so long ago, I was working with a client who had a specific Power BI request. They wanted to do a lookup of a column in another table, but if there were multiple hits, they wanted to display all the matching rows in the same cell. I came with a solution using ConcentrateX.

16 Oct 2017 Use PowerShell to get all the Measures from a 2016 Tabular Cube

With Analysis services 2016 and Analysis Services Management Object (AMO) we now have some powerful tooling to automate our cube with, for example, PowerShell. In fact, it's now even (relatively) easy to retrieve all the measures from a cube in just a few seconds.

18 Sep 2017 How to create your own Power BI visual

In this video our Senior BI Consultant Frederik Aerts is discussing how to start with the creation of your own custom Power BI visual. You can choose from a wide range of default visuals, but you can also create them yourself.

03 Jan 2017 Power BI – Ranking with ‘Other’ group

Not so long ago a client asked me to rebuild a report of theirs in Power BI. It contained the top 5 countries ordered by number of visitors and … an Other group at the end.

20 Dec 2016 Power BI – From data to information

We live in a world where an enormous amount of data is available. But having access to the data is not the same as having insight. If we combine this data access with the right tools and a little bit of effort, you might be able to transform your data into information in no time.

13 Dec 2016 SSIS – Boosting Range Lookups with a script component

Did you ever needed to use a lookup in SSIS that was not the standard equi-join and there was no possibility to do the lookup directly in the source?

07 Dec 2015 Emailing SSRS reports on a scheduled basis, without using subscriptions (or attachments)

In the Microsft BI world, SSRS is a very much integrated product. We can find SSRS reports in many companies. A question that we encounter often as BI consultants is to render some of these SSRS reports on a scheduled basis and save them in a shared location or email them as a pdf file. Subscriptions can do this for you. However, with subscriptions, we are missing some flexibility, like dynamic report names or sending the rendered report only when certain conditions are met.

18 Mar 2015 Boosting self-service BI: Microsoft Power BI

Susan walks into her office and wants to assign a job to Tom about absenteeism. But ironically it seems he's not at work because he's ill. So she decides to try doing the job herself. She takes her laptop and opens Power BI Designer for the first time. It looks enough like Excel to make her confident about using it. In no time she works through the data that the IT department has prepared, creates a report about employees and absenteeism over time and publishes it to the internal HR portal.

31 Jan 2015 How to get Google Analytics data in Power Query

Microsoft Power Query is an Excel add-in that helps you gather, transform and analyse data from various sources. It's a very powerful tool and a must have for anyone interested in BI, no matter how experienced. Microsoft also releases frequent updates of this add-in, including new source connections. Google Analytics is a powerful tool for monitoring and analyzing your website traffic. It helps you know who is visiting, what they are looking for and how they are getting there.