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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

Chapter 6: Third-Party Utilities

In the previous two chapters, we used tools and data provided by Microsoft to get insights into report performance. In this chapter, we will cover some popular freely available third-party utilities that complement the built-in offerings and improve your productivity when investigating report performance issues.

These tools have a range of features, such as documenting our solutions, analyzing them to give recommendations, the ability to modify Power BI artifacts, capturing performance traces, and running queries. It is beyond the scope of this book to cover the full functionality of these tools, so we will limit our coverage to features and techniques that help us assess and improve performance.

The utilities introduced in this chapter are largely maintained by community contributors and are often open source. All the utilities described in this chapter are widely used to the point where they are formally acknowledged by Microsoft. Power BI...