New Features in Power BI From June 2017 Release

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Figure 1 – Explanation of Power BI from https://powerbi.microsoft.com

On June 12, Amanda Cofsky, Program Manager for Power BI, provided an overview of the new reporting features available as of June.  The link to download Power BI is…. http://powerbi.microsoft.com/desktop?WT.mc_id=Blog_Desktop_Update.

Here’s the complete list of June updates from Cofsky’s blog posting.

Reporting
  • Data bars for new table & matrix (preview)
  • Markers on line, area, & combo charts
  • Accessible reports
    • Consume Power BI reports with keyboard navigation and screen reader support
    • Create accessible reports
  • Visuals font family setting
  • Horizontal Image Slicer
  • Combo chart formatting updates
    • Force zeros to align between the two axes
    • Shade area of the line
  • Bing maps improvements
    • Map themes
    • Improved geo hierarchy experience
  • High density line sampling
Data connectivity
  • Custom Data Connectors support
  • Power BI service Live Connect to On Premises and Push streaming datasets
  • Impala connector is now generally available
  • Amazon Redshift connector is now generally available
  • SAP BW connector – DirectQuery support (beta)
  • IBM Netezza connector (beta)
Query editing
  • “Add Column from Examples” enhancements

You can watch a video of the new features by clicking on https://youtu.be/YlNVE5dgcSI (Power BI Desktop Update – June 2017).  Remember that YouTube links can change from time to time so this link may change over time.


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File Transfer Manager will not Open to Download Dynamics GP and Related Files in Windows 10 and IE 11

If you are a customer or partner of Microsoft, you may be finding it difficult to download files for Dynamics GP 2016 and GP 2015 because the File Transfer Manger WILL NOT OPEN.

I tried to download some files today, and was getting nowhere when I suddenly remembered that WALDO’s BLOG http://www.waldo.be/2016/10/27/microsoft-dynamics-nav-2017-ready-for-download-and-how-to-do-it/ had instructions for downloading the Dynamics NAV 2017 files.

I went back to his instructions, followed the steps, and, after closing and reopening Internet Explorer 3 times, and putting the Microsoft sites into compatibility mode, the File Transfer Manager worked.

Thank you, Waldo, and keep writing those great blogs!

Microsoft Dynamics 365 – Business Edition

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When is Dynamics 365 Business Edition Available?

Dynamics 365 – Business Edition is scheduled to be available in Canada and the US sometime in October 2016.

 

What is the Base Software?

The Business Edition  will be based on Dynamics CRM and a NAV-type Finance and ERP application, optimized for 10-99 employee SMBs.

The Business Edition is made up of 3 parts:

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Dynamics 365 for Financials – NAV-based (what was called Project Madeira). A release for the US and Canada will go live in October 2016, with 4 countries (the UK is strongly expected to be one of them) in EMEA and APAC likely to be Feb-March 2017 (unconfirmed).

Dynamics 365 for Sales (no firm dates have been announced when this is likely to be released, but sometime in 2017)

Dynamics 365 for Marketing (again no firm dates – likely sometime in 2017)

 

Why Is This Exciting?

Some companies are wanting their CRM and ERP systems to be totally cloud based.  This eliminates a technology worry around software errors and who will solve them, as well as ensuring the software stays up to date since the cloud provider manages the updates and upgrades.  Hotfixes will be applied to proactively deal with errors. 

References:

1.  www.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics/dynamics-365

2.   www.365talentportal.com/blog/nav-2017-project-madeira-and-dynamics-365-update-microsofts-erp-roadmap-for-the-next-12-months/

3.  https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2016/07/06/turning-business-process-into-business-advantage-for-organizations-everywhere/#sm.000lnawap16dqcztpm61rym3p1s4c

Ever Have Your Download Get Stuck In the Windows Store?

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Pretty much everything that we want to put on our laptops or phones or other portables is available as a download from somewhere.  I tend to us the Windows store.  And, yes, things have become stuck.  Sometimes I know the reason, and other times, I do not.

It this ever happens to you, HOW-TO GEEK has the answer.  You can check out their article “How to Fix A Stuck Download In the Windows Store”  at http://www.howtogeek.com/249690/how-to-fix-a-stuck-download-in-the-windows-store/

Get Some Information on Windows Server 2016

 

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Figure 1 – picture from Microsoft Virtual Academy, from the course “What’s New In Windows Server 2016 Preview”

Microsoft is releasing a lot of new technology between June and December 2015 including Dynamics AX 7.  All of the new releases are built to work together in the cloud. 

Some of us don’t need to install Windows Server, but would like to have an understanding of the features and how the features might be used to support what we are doing in ERP or CRM.  Microsoft’s course in the Virtual Academy gives an overview of some cool features.

  • Explore enhanced virtualization functionality.
  • Explore  automated processes and configuration to help you spin up compute, storage, and networking resources faster.
  • Preview new features that reduce system downtime.
  • Find out how rolling upgrades can help you adopt updates and operating systems faster for Hyper-V and Scale-Out File Server.
  • Learn about the zero-footprint, cloud-optimized Nano Server technology, along with scripting with the new PowerShell Desired State Configuration features.

Other resources:

Google and How to Put Your Music Collection Online and Access It From Any Device

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From the article….

Music streaming is the hot new thing, with many services offering access to millions of songs for a monthly fee. If you have your own music collection on your computer, you can put it online and stream it from anywhere — free. 

See more at:

http://www.howtogeek.com/227211/how-to-put-your-music-collection-online-and-access-it-from-any-device/

How To Synch OneDrive Folders and Your Computer

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I use OneDrive to keep track of all those files that I may want to pull up on my computer, iPad, or Samsung Galaxy phone.  You can sign up for OneDrive at https://onedrive.live.com.  I also use it to share files with my family and friends.

You can add folders shared with you to your OneDrive so they sync down to your computer. They’ll look like any other folder, but when you edit files in shared folders the changes will show up to everyone else with permission for that folder.

Here’s how it works:

1 Go to your Shared list on OneDrive.‍com to check if folder(s) have been shared to you with the ability to edit.  If there are none, create a folder and share it with edit permissions to your friends.

2 From the Shared list, select the folder you want to sync and click ‘Add to my OneDrive’.

3  If you have the OneDrive app installed on your PC or Mac, the folder will also sync down unless you have opted to only sync some folders in OneDrive settings.

4  The folder will also be accessible from your main OneDrive folder on OneDrive‍.com and on the OneDrive mobile app, if you have it installed.

You can sync shared folders on Windows 10, Windows 7 and Mac.