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Power BI – Recent Feature Updates

Power BI has been getting a lot of love from Microsoft recently, and that’s not surprising with its place in both the Power Platform as well as Azure Modern Data Warehouse.

Some recent feature updates caught our eye and we want to share them with you.

Updates to Data Loss Prevention Policies (DLP) in Power BI

We’re happy to share with you two significant enhancements to DLP policies:

1. CPU Metering for DLP Policy Evaluation

Today, if the DLP feature is enabled, it will take an extra 30% CPU over and above the normal processing for a data set. This is from the premium capacity associated with the workspace the evaluated dataset resides in. This fixed percentage of additional CPU consumption for the DLP evaluation enables you to better predict the impact of DLP policies on your overall Capacity CPU utilization. A big aid in performing capacity planning for DLP policies in your organization.

2. Override Policy Tips and Report False Positives

Power BI now has the ability for users to give feedback on the policy rules evaluating their datasets. This enables users to offer insight to the Security Admins on the datasets met with rules defined in the Microsoft Purview Compliance Portal. This feature aims to smooth operations between teams through a built-in line of communication.

The options available are:

  • Report an issue
  • Override
  • Report and override

Learn more about Data Loss Prevention Policies for Power BI

Azure Analysis Services Migrations

In a move to aid migrations from Azure Analysis Services to Power BI, the introduction of explicit Dataset Write permissions has been announced. With this new feature, admins and members can grant Write permissions to other users on a single dataset rather than at the workspace level with full server admin rights.

This means you can now assign granular dataset rights which is comparable to the permission levels of an Azure Analysis Services database, thereby aiding in the move. As Power BI is a superset of Azure Analysis Services, this is the logical route to take to make the most of the Power BI capabilities.

Multiple Audiences in Power BI App

Multiple Audiences in the Power BI App are now available in public preview. With this new feature, a Power BI App author can create multiple audience groups within the same app and assign different permissions to each audience group.

Previously, multiple apps were required to cater to each audience, creating content duplication and additional work. Now, each content artifact such as a report or dashboard can be shared specifically with an audience, allowing granular access for users based on the group permissions.

Find out how to get started and some limitations here: Announcing Public Preview of Multiple Audiences for Power BI Apps

Post Terms: Azure Analysis Services | DLP Policy | Power BI

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Marketing Manager, Leah Monterroso, has been writing blogs and articles for the last six years. Since working with Ballard Chalmers, she has immersed herself in Microsoft tech news and bringing value to clients and the wider community through content.

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