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Auto-generating Date Tables in Power BI Desktop

  • by Joe Gravelyn
  • June 20, 2017

It’s common practice for data-centric companies to have a standard date table to use for reporting purposes with all kinds of useful fields to measure performance over time.

But what if you - or other users of the report - don’t have access to that date table? Power BI has a built in function that allows you to generate a date table on the fly. Combine that function with a couple of DAX formulas and parameters in the Query Editor window, and you get a reusable template you can use for almost all of your time intelligence needs.

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An Introduction to Machine Learning

  • by Jeff Scherrer
  • June 10, 2017

In just a few decades, software engineering has revolutionized human capacity for problem solving. Today, an engineer can easily write software to perform addition, subtraction, searching items in databases, and even complex algorithms. But tasks like recognizing the text on a street sign - something that is very easy for a human to do - is still very difficult for a computer to do.

The next revolution in computing - machine learning - is attacking this problem by giving software itself the capacity to solve these problems. Boosted by the power and scalability of modern hardware and the cloud, machine learning is turning the artificial intelligence theories of yesterday into reality and blurring the lines between the human brain and software.

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