Power BI Designer March Update includes Google Analytics Connector

The Power BI team have released details of their March update to the standalone Power BI designer.

You’ll find details of the update here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powerbi/archive/2015/03/26/7-new-updates-to-the-power-bi-designer-preview-march-2015.aspx

The first thing I noticed is just how much faster the tool operates. The blog post mentioned performance enhancements but I really, really noticed them.

One particular enhancement  that I wanted to call out was the additional of a connector for Google Analytics. I’ve been trying that this morning and have found it really easy to use. All the standard categories appear as available sets of data:

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I’ve picked those that I’m interested in:

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Then added them to a report:

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Very easy. And it’s clear which type of device/operating system we need to continue to ensure the best experience on at SQL Down Under.

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