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In September last year I had already written an article on how to dynamically adjust the values of a measure, for example in millions, thousands or without scaling:

Dynamic scaling of a measure in Power BI with DAX

The approach at that time with the FORMAT function had a big disadvantage, the value is always converted to a text with FORMAT. This means that the measure can only be used in tables, because bar and line graphics cannot display texts.

With old approach representation only possible in tables

In the meantime, however, there is a much better way to display a measure with dynamic formatting using Calculation Groups. With Calculation Groups I can also create the formatting dynamically

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Last week I had investigated why a what-if parameter sometimes skips values and how to bypass this. In a discussion with my valued friend Bernat Agulló, we came across the topic of single values in slicers and he directed me to a tweet on how to do this with Tabular Editor.

Single values as slicer with tabular editor

In order to do this, the experimental features must first be activated in Tabular Editor. This can be done under File > Preferences:

Enable experimental features in Tabular Editor
Enable experimental features in Tabular Editor

After that, the desired

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I like working pretty much with the what-if parameter in Power BI. With the help of this, it is possible to run through corresponding scenarios in a very fine-grained manner. What would my operating result look like if I can increase my sales by a factor of 2? How would it look with 1.5? And how about 2.35? I am aware that these increases are extremes. But with the what-if parameter, such evaluations go very easily with a single slider.

Problem the what-if parameter does not work, the exact number cannot be set

However, there is occasionally the case that exact values cannot be set. Let’s take the case just mentioned as an example. I would like to evaluate the development of my sales, accurate to

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Although the feature has been in Power BI for a while, Measure Tables are not used enough in my opinion. Also during my trainings or in conversations with customers, I often notice that the feature has not really reached the minds of the report developers yet.

What is a Measure Table and what does it look like?

A measure table is an independent table that does not contain any columns and only the measures themselves:

Example of a Measure table
Example of a Measure table

When should I use a Measure table?

I personally use them when I have more than 4-5 measures. I find it more clear to have a large number of measures in a separate table instead

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Normally, I write about updates in the Power BI universe quite rarely, and when I do, it’s only when it’s a significant improvement from my perspective. So it is in this case.Last week, Microsoft introduced in Preview the ability to access Power BI datasets and Azure Analysis Services via DirectQuery. What doesn’t sound all that spectacular could actually be Power BI’s next big unique selling point!

Combination of multiple Power BI datasets and flat files

But what exactly are the new possibilities of the new composite model and what does that mean in real life? So far we have been able to connect “live” to multiplerelational databases. Once we connected to a Power BI dataset, there was only the option to connect to a single dataset.

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For a while, it was only possible to provide a Power BI report in multiple languages using workarounds. Recently, the enhanced dataset metadata has made it very easy to change the language of a report in Power BI, making it multilingual, for example in German and English. Since the Power BI September Update, the enhanced dataset metadata is now the standard for metadata, upgrading a Power BI report almost to the level of an SSAS Tabular Model.

Enhanced dataset metadata enables SSAS Tabular functionalities

One of these new capabilities is to offer the data model of each Power BI report in multiple languages.

The easiest way to maintain multiple languages is currently using