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Microsoft Power BI Performance Best Practices

By : Bhavik Merchant
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Microsoft Power BI Performance Best Practices

By: Bhavik Merchant

Overview of this book

This book comprehensively covers every layer of Power BI, from the report canvas to data modeling, transformations, storage, and architecture. Developers and architects working with any area of Power BI will be able to put their knowledge to work with this practical guide to design and implement at every stage of the analytics solution development process. This book is not only a unique collection of best practices and tips, but also provides you with a hands-on approach to identifying and fixing common performance issues. Complete with explanations of essential concepts and practical examples, you’ll learn about common design choices that affect performance and consume more resources and how to avoid these problems. You’ll grasp the general architectural issues and settings that broadly affect most solutions. As you progress, you’ll walk through each layer of a typical Power BI solution, learning how to ensure your designs can handle scale while not sacrificing usability. You’ll focus on the data layer and then work your way up to report design. We will also cover Power BI Premium and load testing. By the end of this Power BI book, you’ll be able to confidently maintain well-performing Power BI solutions with reduced effort and know how to use freely available tools and a systematic process to monitor and diagnose performance problems.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Part 1: Architecture, Bottlenecks, and Performance Targets
Part 2: Performance Analysis, Improvement, and Management
Part 3: Fetching, Transforming, and Visualizing Data
Part 4: Data Models, Calculations, and Large Datasets
Part 5: Optimizing Premium and Embedded Capacities

Power BI usage metrics

In Chapter 1, Setting Targets and Identifying Problem Areas, we discussed how report loading performance is the most obvious factor regarding the speed of a Business Intelligence platform. In Power BI, a workspace administrator can get performance information using the built-in usage metrics report, though please note this is not available for Classic workspaces. Performance information is only available for the New Power BI Workspace Experience ( (Workspace v2).

You can access usage metrics using the report drop-down menu in the content list of the Power BI workspace, as shown in the following screenshot:

Figure 4.1 – How to view the usage metrics for a report in a workspace

You can also launch the usage metrics report from the report toolbar when viewing a report. This is shown in the following screenshot:

Figure 4.2 ...