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News from Pass Summit 2016

While it looks like there was a pretty good attendance from Tennessee, it was certainly not everyone. So we’d like to share with you some of the great things that happened this year during Summit.

Announcements from Pass

2017 Pass Summit

Next year’s Summit will be in Seattle again and will run from 10/31-11/3. Check it out here.

Pass Rebranding, New Logo

Pass announced that we are going through a rebranding. Sometime in early 2017 our new website will launch! This is a peek at the logo; Someone got a great picture during the keynote.


Thanks Hans Geurtsen ‏@HansGeurtsen for the great photo.

Announcements from Microsoft

Power BI reports in SSRS

Preview of Power BI reports in SQL Server Reporting Services! The Technical Preview is a pre-configured Virtual Machine in the Azure Marketplace that includes everything you need to get started, even sample reports and data. With this update, you can visually explore data and create an interactive report using Power BI Desktop, and then publish that report to an on-premises report server (SQL Server Reporting Services). Read the blog to learn more about this announcement.

SSAS As A Service

They were pleased to announce the availability of Microsoft Azure Analysis Services preview. With Azure Analysis Services, BI professionals can create BI semantic models based on data that resides in the cloud or on-premises. You can access Azure Analysis Services models from Power BI Desktop the same way you connect to SQL Server Analysis Services models today — simply publish from Power BI Desktop to the Power BI service to share insights with others in your organization.

R visuals in Power BI Embedded

This week they also announced support for R visuals in Power BI Embedded. R visuals not only enhance Power BI Embedded with advanced analytics depth, but also offers developers endless visualization flexibility. Embedding data visuals within an app provides analytics in the right user context and with the right timing. Now you can add advanced analytics R visuals such as business forecasts, clustering, and decision trees. See our step-by-step guide on using R in Power BI Embedded.