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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

Tabular Editor

Tabular Editor is available as both a commercial offering and an open source version. The paid version offers some advanced development functionality and even dedicated support, which professional Power BI developers may find useful. The good news is that the free version contains all the useful core features at the time of writing, and it can be downloaded at the following GitHub link:

Tabular Editor is a productivity tool aimed at improving many aspects of the development experience offered by Power BI Desktop or Microsoft Visual Studio. These core features are out of scope for this book. Due to the sheer popularity of the tool with experienced BI developers, you are encouraged to learn more about Tabular Editor if you expect to build and maintain complex enterprise models over many months or even years. Please follow the product documentation to become familiar with the interface and functionality of Tabular Editor...