Data connectivity and preparation
- The Power BI Connector in Power Automate
- AssembleViews (GA)
- Azure Databricks (Connector Update)
- Bloomberg Enterprise Data and Analytics (GA)
- Drill Down Network PRO by ZoomCharts
- Thunder and lightning, very very frightening
- Service Principal support for read-only Admin APIs
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The Power BI Connector in Power Automate
We are happy to announce that the Power BI Connector in Power Automate is now in general availability. This connector allows Power BI users to use Power Automate to perform actions within Power BI including refresh a dataset, perform exports on Power BI reports or perform an action when a data driven alert is fired. Over the coming months, we will add additional actions to the connector so stay tuned.
This connector is now generally available.
Azure Databricks (Connector Update)
This update adds support for export and import of PBIDS files
Bloomberg Enterprise Data and Analytics (GA)
This connector has been updated.
The in-app purchase of this visual, enables a seamless upgrade to PAFnow Enterprise for advanced analysis features, additional visuals, and unlimited events., there are no purchases required to use the visual itself.
You can check this visual out on AppSource and watch the following video to learn more about the PAFnow Process Mining visual.
Drill Down Network PRO by ZoomCharts
Introducing Drill Down Network PRO by ZoomCharts – the visual that will make it easy to explore networks of category-based data.
This visual for Power BI will have no trouble turning your multi-level pie chart into a network chart that lets you view relations and spot outliers.
Microsoft has published the preliminary findings for what it calls “the South Central US incident”, but what many will call “the day the Azure cloud fell from the sky” and it doesn’t make for happy reading.
Thunder and lightning, very very frightening
As is well known now, high energy storms hit Southern Texas early in the morning on 4 September, with multiple Azure data centers in the region seeing what Microsoft described as “voltage sags and swells.” A lightning strike at 0842 UTC caused one data center to switch to generator power and also overloaded suppressors on the mechanical cooling system, shutting it down.
The data center struggled on for a bit, but as its thermal buffers were depleted, temperatures rose, and a shutdown started.
It gives you user access information for various Power BI assets across all your workspaces.
To learn more about these APIs, please read up on this blog post!
Service Principal support for read-only Admin APIs
To better support the security constraints of some organizations, we added service principal support for the scanner Admin APIs. Service principal is an authentication method that can be used to let an Azure AD application access Power BI APIs. This gets rid of the need to maintain a service account with an admin role.
To allow your app to use the Admin APIs, you only need to give your approval once as part of the tenant settings configuration. We made this a Public Preview feature last December and are happy to announce GA now. The difference for GA is the added support for new Admin APIs to determine who has access to what Power BI artifacts.
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Complaints about different parts of the healthcare world not being joined up – a separation between health and social care, or between primary care and hospital medicine and so on – isn’t new. But the pandemic has intensified another emerging disconnect: between virtual care and face-to-face care.
“Some of the more interesting questions that we’re working with our partners and customers to help solve are, how do you now make virtual care, as a point-of-care engagement, better connected to the physical care? We know that patients want a more connected experience, and we know they don’t want to have to have the same discussion in multiple settings,” says McGuinness.
With the virtual-physical separation in mind, Microsoft launched its first vertical cloud product, Cloud for Healthcare, late last year.
Apple’s turning the iPhone into a patient engagement and diagnostics tool, while Google’s parent company Alphabet is betting heavily on healthcare through its investment arm, AI and analytics.
And the other big tech giant isn’t getting left behind either: Microsoft has also got big plans. It’s been looking at healthcare in the hope that technology could play a role in helping to address some of the health industry’s most pressing problems.
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“Some of the longest-standing challenges are around disconnectedness of data, disconnectedness of care teams, and frankly disconnectedness of patients to their own care,” says Tom McGuinness, corporate VP of global healthcare & life sciences at Microsoft.
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One of Microsoft’s biggest bets in healthcare comes in the field of natural language input. In April this year, Microsoft acquired AI-powered speech-technology company Nuance for $19.7bn.
While Nuance powers the likes of Siri, nearly two-thirds of its revenue comes from the healthcare industry. It’s Microsoft’s second-biggest acquisition ever.
According to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, the deal will take Microsoft into a new part of healthcare: clinician-patient interactions, and give the company a $500 billion market to aim at.
This update also includes a number of accessibility fixes related to keyboard shortcuts and screen reading tools. Please note that previously installed third-party data providers may need to be updated to their 64-bit versions.
Download – Microsoft Download Center.
Download – Microsoft Store App.
Ideas forum updates
In the last few weeks, we’ve heard feedback about some issues on the Ideas forum, particularly around rich format of text in comments and ideas. We discovered an issue with the rich text editor used in the forum, which means we will have to disable rich text while we find an alternative.
Until we do, ideas submissions will be plain-text only.
Designated in the Azure portal as Other.
Service categories across region types
Azure services are grouped into three categories: foundational, mainstream, and strategic. Azure’s general policy on deploying services into any given region is primarily driven by region type, service categories, and customer demand.
- Foundational: Available in all recommended and alternate regions when the region is generally available, or within 90 days of a new foundational service becoming generally available.
- Mainstream: Available in all recommended regions within 90 days of the region general availability.
Every tenant can request an opt out for each protocol (or set of protocols in the case of Outlook), until the start of September 2022. Starting September 1, 2022, we will remove the opt out option, and starting October 1, 2022, we’ll begin turning off Basic Auth in all tenants, regardless of usage.
Note: Self service re-enablement of Basic Auth does not currently work for GCC tenants. For GCC tenants, please open a ticket with our support team to re-enable Basic Auth.
To reiterate, requesting an opt out for protocols you aren’t sure about, or just in case, puts your tenant data at risk.
If you really aren’t sure, let us turn it off and wait to see what happens (or use Security Defaults or Conditional Access to do it today).