If you are new to Power BI then you may not yet have come across Power BI community support.
The great thing about Microsoft of yesterday, today and tomorrow is the great developer community that has always existed. If you had a problem, it was always easy to search the internet for a solution… and from a technical perspective that has always been fantastic.
The better thing about Microsoft of today and tomorrow is great new focus around the business or end user. This is evident in the way that Microsoft has a clear support or focus to those users. When you start using Power BI you will eventually come across the end user community and this is also Microsoft’s way of getting direct feedback from end users.
The community I am speaking of, can be found by way of:
- Power BI Community site; and
- Power BI User Group
Power BI Community – sheer awesomeness !
So you’ll find the official Power BI Community site at the url https://community.powerbi.com/
Here you will find a few very useful things:
Firstly, you should take note of the page menu that highlights the content on the site – Forums, Ideas, Events User Groups and Community Blog.
Secondly you should take note of the very humble welcoming paragraph, that conveniently has a search field 🙂
It is here that you will be initially directed to:
- Community Knowledge Base
- An IDEAS forum
- An ISSUES forum
Also on the landing page are:
- Forums on various topics
- A variety of showcase galleries
This page is jam packed with Power goodies. Let’s take a spin through each of the key elements – Community Knowledge Base, IDEAS forum and ISSUES forum.
Community Knowledge Base
Clearly this is the core searchable support on how-to, resolved problems, etc. Basically it is to tap into the knowledge of those who have been before you.
This is simply a fantastic way to have a direct relationship with Microsoft. It gives you the ability to raise a new idea and vote on existing ideas as well as see which ideas are progressing. Below is a screenshot of what to expect …
Of course here is where we can log issues experienced in Power BI and not only can you log new issues but you can give Kudos to those issues raised by others (basically a form of voting). It is here you will find moderators from Microsoft who will be responding to these issues raised.
… and don’t forget to check out the showcase galleries for some ideas e.g. Data Stories Gallery
Power BI User Group
This is really a separate site from the official Power BI Community, however you will find a link to it from the PBI Community site by way of the menu item “User Groups”
The good new is that membership is free!
Why join… well I think their website highlights this clearly …
So start getting more value from Power BI and engage with the community !