Marco Russo's blog posts of 2020

10 blog posts
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The hard truth in numbers

We all have biases. Personally, I kick myself whenever I identify that I have applied my biases when doing an evaluation of any kind. Unfortunately, this happens often because I work with numbers every day. Do you think we at…  Read more

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Default calculation item in calculation groups

Power BI offers several options to create filters and slicers in a report. However, it is not possible to define a default filter at the model level so that every new report on a dataset automatically applies that filter. The…  Read more

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Announcing DAX Patterns second edition

Great news! Just one year after releasing the second edition of The Definitive Guide to DAX, we just published a new website, a new book, and a new collection of videos: the second edition of DAX Patterns! DAX Patterns is…  Read more

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Introducing Analyze in Excel for Power BI Desktop

Less than a month ago, Microsoft introduced the External Tools feature in the Power BI Desktop July 2020 release. By using DAX Studio, you were already able to create a PivotTable in Excel connected to the model hosted by Power…  Read more

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Arbitrary combination of measures and calculation items

The consumption experience following the introduction of calculation groups needs to be improved in Power BI. For example, the immediate advantage of having a time intelligence calculation group is that it is no longer necessary to create multiple variations of…  Read more

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Creating Calculation Groups in Power BI Desktop

Something really big is happening! The July 2020 version of Power BI Desktop allows you to create calculation groups in Power BI Desktop, thanks to the new “external tools” feature that enables the integration with Tabular Editor. We had been…  Read more

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Standard DAX separators in Power BI Desktop

Starting from the May 2020 version of Power BI Desktop, regardless of the Windows locale settings DAX always uses standard separators by default. This change does not affect most Power BI users around the world; but if you use the…  Read more

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A small change in DAX Formatter and in DAX formatting rules

DAX Formatter was created in 2013 to help users format their code based on the Rules for DAX Code Formatting published in October 2012. Because the main goal is to make the code immediately readable and recognizable, DAX Formatter purposely…  Read more