Early look at Power BI updates and new customization options

On this week’s show, we invite Michael Tejedor back to give us an update on Power BI. Michael explains the options for connecting Power BI to the cloud and even on-premises data sources. We share news about content packs allowing you to connect and gain insights into data from popular cloud services immediately. Finally, Michael demonstrates the new push APIs to allow Power BI to display real-time data from IoT devices.

On previous shows, we’ve highlighted the capabilities of Power BI – from quickly gaining insights to vast amounts of operational data to new dashboard capabilities in the Power BI Preview. We’ve even used Power BI to help us predict the outcome of the El Clásico match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.

This week we also give a quick recap of the Power BI Preview with its new dashboards, chart types and optional connectivity to on-premises data via SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) using the Power BI Analysis Services Connector. We highlight available and upcoming content packs to connect and quickly gain insights to Microsoft and third-party service data and demonstrate the new Power BI REST API for sending real-time push data into Power BI—like sensor data from IoT devices and more.

If you want to see all of this and more in action along with lightweight Power BI apps for iOS and Windows, check out this week’s show.

—Jeremy Chapman