Power BI and SharePoint Online – together at last!

Microsoft recently released a feature to enable organizations to easily insert Power BI reports into their SharePoint Online pages.

In his blog post Senior Program Manager, Lukasz Pawlowski, identified that the new web part for SharePoint Online will enable the addition of Power BI reports without requiring any coding by SharePoint authors.

The way the feature will work is simple.

  1. Publish your Power BI report to your Power BI service account
  2. Get the URL to the report from the File menu in Power BI service
  3. Add the Power BI (preview) web part to your SharePoint Online page
  4. Paste the URL of the report when prompted
  5. To finish, save and publish your page

This new feature is currently in preview and is only available to Office 365 tenancies that are set to “First Release” as it uses a new authentication method that has only been made available to First Release tenancies. This authentication will allow users to see reports based on their organization authentication without having to sign in again.

The use of this new feature requires users to have a Power BI Pro license as well.

Further details on how to use this new feature have been provided by Microsoft here.

Power BI Service Updates

Microsoft recently released an announcement highlighting changes that had been made to the Power BI service environment. These included:

Power BI admin role

–          An O365 admin can now assign a Power BI admin who will have access to tenant-wide usage metrics, and be able to control tenant-wide usage of Power BI features.

Power BI audit logs globally available

–          In public preview are audit logs for Power BI to enable admins to track usage of the platform

Public preview: Email subscriptions

–          Power BI will regularly send screenshots of a subscribed report page directly to your inbox whenever the data changes and a link back

New APIs available for custom visuals developers

Real-time streaming generally available

–          Real-time streaming has moved from preview to general availability. This allows users to easily stream data to Power BI via the REST API, Azure Stream Analytics, or PubNub

Push rows of data to Power BI using Flow

–          Power BI Flow connector which pushes rows of data to a Power BI streaming dataset without writing a single line of code

New Microsoft Azure AD content pack

–          A new content pack for Microsoft Azure Active Directory to quickly visualize how it is being used within an organization.

Further details can be found here: http://bit.ly/2lwYHsu

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