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New book is out!

Ken and I have been delaying the release date for the second edition of our book ‘M is for Data Monkey’, but not anymore! 🙂 The book is finally ready and it was silently released a couple of weeks ago through various digital marketplaces. The physical copies will be available on November 1, 2021 and […]

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I’m joining Microsoft

Before I dive into the topic, let me tell you my story. The Start of it all My name is Miguel Escobar. I was born and raised in Panama City, Panama – still living here and loving it. During the year 2009 my family was having a tough financial situation. I was fresh out of […]

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Power BI REST API Connector

Since the inception of Power BI Custom Connectors, I’ve been drawn to coming up with new ones that could help my life and the lives of my customers. One of the most helpful custom connectors that I’ve created so far is the Power BI REST API Custom Connector (url). However, in order for people to […]

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Remove duplicates in a text string with Power Query / Power BI

A few days ago I was checking social media to find interesting cases where Power Query could be a good solution. I found this scenario posted by Brian in a Facebook group here (url). Imagine a scenario where you have a column with text values, but within each text string there are duplicates. Take the […]

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Second edition of ‘M is for Data Monkey’ is delayed

In 2015 Ken Puls and I (Miguel Escobar) published a book under the name ‘M is for Data Monkey’. We were (and still are!) very proud of the work that we were able to put out. We never expected our book to become the #1 book out there when it comes down to Power Query […]

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Recognized as a Microsoft MVP for the 5th time

I recently wrote a blog post where I received the news that I was not re-awarded the Microsoft MVP award. You can read that blog post here (url). Some members of the community and even some MSFT employees took my situation very seriously and raised awareness of my case to the Microsoft Team behind the […]

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No longer a Microsoft MVP. 2nd verse

Update 5-Aug-2020: Due to the overwhelming support from the community, the MSFT MVP team initiated a new process to reconsider my nomination and on August 1st I was awared the Microsoft MVP award. Read more about this from this new blog post (here). I’m writing this a few hours after I received an email from […]

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Incremental refresh for files in a Folder or SharePoint – Power BI

A few years ago I posted my first impressions on Power BI Incremental refresh that was only made available for Power BI Premium licenses. The whole idea of incremental refresh is superb: You only refresh the data that you need – never again a FULL refresh needs to take place It makes your data source […]

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Power BI Event Activity Log API – Easy way to get it!

The Power BI team recently released a new endpoint for the REST API so we can get the Event Activity Log. You can read more about it from their official blog post here (url). They also made available a PowerShell cmdlets so you can query your data from it but, what if it was easier […]

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DAX vs Power Query: Static Segmentation in Power BI / DAX / Power Query

One of the most frequent patterns that I most vividly remember using back in 2012-2013, in the PowerPivot days, was a pattern now called “Segmentation”. It can be dynamic or static, but it all relies on a table that looked like this: And then we would use one of the techniques that you can see […]

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Split / Segment / Partition / Section your table in Power BI / Power Query

The following is a pretty common scenario that I’ve seen with flat files exported from legacy systems, but it also applies to multiple other scenarios. It uses the M language inside of Power BI Desktop / Power Query, but you can follow along without knowing that much about it. The scenario: a table that contains […]

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New Artificial Intelligence Features in Power BI / Power Query

Within the past few years we’ve seen Power BI / Power Query get new features that are using Artificial Intelligence at its core. This blog post is an overview of all of these features, what experience they try to provide and what common problems they try to solve. Column from Example in Power BI / […]

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Restructure your Columns with Power BI / Power Query

I’ve just finished moving from HubSpot to ActiveCampaign. While HubSpot seems to be an amazing platform for anyone into data analytics, it simply wasn’t cost-effective for my business, not to mention that some of its features seem really limited to the point where I wasn’t even using them. The migration from HubSpot to ActiveCampaign wasn’t […]

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