PowerBI Service – Live Dataset Connections

The April Power BI Update has been released and there is some great new features!

In today’s blog im going to focus on one of those features in particular – Live Dataset Connections from PowerBI Service.

This small feature could have large implication for enterprise scale Power BI installations! You can now connect to datasets housed in the PowerBI Service meaning team collaboration on uploaded datasets just became a whole lot easier.

How can this help?

Lets imagine you have a nice pretty new data model built and you upload it to the Power BI Site. Also lets imagine you have 5 analysts that want to create reports and dashboards off that exact same model. This posed several troublesome issues before but now the 5 analysts can connect to the same data set via Power BI Desktop seamlessly.

So as always jump into Power BI Desktop > File > Options and Settings > Options > Preview Features and enabled the new PowerBI Service Live Connection.

First off lets Get Data and explore the PowerBI Service Live Connection options.

Get Data - PowerBI Service

Upon selecting PowerBI Service it will prompt you to login. Use the same account as you would sign into Powerbi.com with.

PowerBI Desktop Login email
PowerBI logon Authentication

After signing in we now get a populated screen with all the workspaces you account has access to. These could include you personal workspace or a team collaboration space.

You now have a live connection to a model in the cloud that you can build reports and dashboards from and that will refresh with all of Power BI’s built in process’.

After signing in we now get a populated screen with all the workspaces you account has access to. These could include you personal workspace or a team collaboration space.

You now have a live connection to a model in the cloud that you can build reports and dashboards from and that will refresh with all of Power BI’s built in process’.

Getting Closer to an Enterprise Platform?

For single users out there this may not seem like such a big deal.

However any users who are part of a development group, company user department or testing group im sure you will be able to see the benefits in terms of collaboration, management and single version of the truth.
Stay tuned for more exciting features.

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Dominic has over 6 years IT experience with a background of programming and BI Development. He has completed end to end Microsoft BI stack solutions in the retail industry leveraging SQL Sever, SSIS, SSAS and tabular/Power BI models.