Power BI Blog: Data Hub

Welcome back to this week’s edition of the Power BI
blog series.  This week, we look at the Data Hub.


The Data Hub is the
evolution of the Datasets Hub that was announced back in December 2020.  In the Data Hub, in addition to Power BI
datasets, you can now find the newly released Datamarts, which we will cover
next week.

The Data Hub is a
central location for data owners, report creators and report consumers to
manage, discover and reuse data items across all workspaces:

  • data item
    owners can see usage metrics, refresh status, related reports, lineage and
    impact analysis to help monitor and manage their data items
  • report
    creators can use the Hub to find suitable items to build their reports on and
    use links to easily create the reports
  • report
    consumers can use the Hub to find reports based on trustworthy data items.

This was in
response to feedback Microsoft received from many customers that users often
build similar data repeatedly, resulting in resource overload, governance
complexity, and difficulty in identifying sources of truth.

The Data Hub
addresses these challenges by making it easier for users to discover existing,
quality data and reuse it to answer business questions and gain insights.  Once you discover a data item that seems to
have the right data, a click on the item opens the data details page.  On the details page you can see the following:

  • metadata
    about the data item, including description, endorsement and sensitivity label
  • actions
    such as share, refresh, create new, etc.
  • related
    reports, which are reports that were built on top of the dataset.

Considering data
discovery best practices, before creating new reports, you should look at the
existing related reports.  If there are
no such reports that are suitable, there are multiple ways to create a new

  • create a report
    from a template, if a template has been defined (a template is defined by
    adding the suffix ‘(template)’ to a report built on top of the dataset / datamart)
  • create a report
    from scratch, to open a blank canvas and start creating your report
  • auto-create
    a report.  It should be noted that this
    is currently supported only for single-table datasets; moving forward, support
    for datasets with multiple tables will be added in due course
  • create a
    formatted table.

Power BI report
creators primarily use Power BI Desktop to build new content and then publish
it to the Power BI Service.  When
building new reports, instead of connecting to external data sources, the best
practice is to connect to curated data available to them in Power BI.

In Power BI
Desktop, just as in the Power BI Service, Microsoft would like to bring all
Power BI data items into a single experience.  For this reason, they have brought the Data Hub
into Power BI Desktop.

With the Data Hub,
users may find datasets and datamarts side by side, filter and search to find
the data they need, and then connect to create a report.


Check back next week for more Power BI tips
and tricks!

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