Split column into rows

A brilliant new feature is now available in Power BI – Split column into rows. To understand why we need it, you must go and read the article  – Analyzing badly captured Survey data or feedback forms. This method used Power Query concepts of Split and Unpivot. Now these have been combined into a single, intelligent command called Split columns into rows.  It sounds confusing at first. But soon you will realize that it is an amazing tool.  Learn it just 4 minutes.

Raw data looks like this

Split column into rows - raw data

And you get a report like this. No need to use formulas or do any manual work.

Split column into rows - Final Charts

You must have the May 2017 update for Power BI Desktop installed.

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Power BI Dates before 1900

This is a short post. It is like an FYI mail. Excel never understood any dates before 1900. We got used to that limitation over the decades. But Power BI does understand Dates before 1900. The best part is, you do not have to take any specific action. It just works.

Here is the raw data and the Power BI output.

Dates before 1900 - raw dataDates before 1900 - in a chart

If you try this in Excel, it just will not work. Now that you know this, starting using Power BI with Dates before 1900.

Mind you, the Power BI documentation says that the earliest limit is 1900. It still works for dates before 1900. Drill down is also supported. Here is the same data at Day level.

Drill Down

This ability  may make historians and archeologists partially happy. There time scales are huge and Power BI does not support that much of a range. But still, it is an improvement worth knowing about.

Skype for Business SFB Live Book

Here is a list of all the articles I have written about Skype for Business. The list is shown in recommended reading order. It is a Live Book because whenever I post more articles related to SFB, I will update this list. Your suggestions and wish-list for new articles are most welcome. Just post these as comments.

Concepts

Confusion: Which communication option to use when?

Fun

SFB audio joke – “Can you hear me?”

Etiquette

SFB Mute Mic :Meeting Etiquette

SFB Etiquette: Do not talk when you join a meeting

Pause Screen Sharing while creating Polls in SFB

Smart Usage

Differentiate yourself in SFB meeting

Stop long mail trails using Skype for Business

Office Politics: Cheat Chat

What NOT to do!

How to delight your customers by making them wait in Lync / SFB lobby :(

When to use and how

Skype for Business: SFB Use Cases

Presenting Content using SFB

How to conduct simultaneous Remote and Local Training

Just ONE CLICK to start presenting using Skype for Business

Skype chat within Outlook for Web

Lync / Skype for Business Best Practice: Polls vs. Survey

SFB mobile always on while using mobile phones

 

More articles will be added soon.

SFB mobile always on

We want Skype for Business (SFB) to work exactly like WhatsApp, Snapchat, etc. It should be available all the time and notify when someone wants to chat with me. The chats should continue. SFB on mobile keeps logging of periodically. Which makes it painful to wait every time you want to resume chat. The solution to keep SFB mobile always on is simple.

SFB Mobile always on : Change setting

Go to Settings and choose Keep running in background. That’s it.

SFB settings page   SFB mobile always on setting

Monitor this for a few days and check its impact on battery life. This is not necessarily a set and forget type of option. You may want it ON when you have good battery power and you are expecting lots of chats / meetings to happen.

If you have unreliable connection, low battery power, and are not expecting a busy day, turn off the setting.

While we are at it, here are some additional options you should think about.

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Consolidate Cross-Tab Data in minutes

Cross-tab data is where you have row headings as well as column headings. Consolidating (combining) multiple blocks of such data is a laborious process. Usually the rows and columns do not match across data blocks. You need to do a lot of copy-paste to bring them in the correct order before you can add a formula. Using a 20 year old unknown but powerful feature of Excel you can Consolidate Cross-Tab Data in minutes. You just select the data blocks and let Excel do the dirty work of matching row and column names.

Additional Resources : Consolidate Cross-Tab Data

I have already covered this topic as a step-by-step article.  Now I have created a video (9 min). You can download the sample file used in the video and try it yourself.

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Differentiate yourself in SFB meeting

In a meeting with large number of participants, there are few speakers. Questions and comments by the audience are typically typed in the chat window. Speakers take a pause periodically to view the chat and look for questions worth answering. There will be lot of people posting stuff.  The question is, how do you Differentiate yourself in SFB meeting chat?Often good questions or comments are missed by the presenters due to time pressure.

Differentiate yourself in SFB meeting chat

Solution is simple. Right click in the chat textbox and choose Font… Choose Purple color and increase the font size to 12 (default is 10). Why purple, because blue is usually reserved for hyperlinks. Red is not a good choice. Any other color which stands out is fine. I have found purple to be the best on light blue background which is default shading.

Differentiate yourself in SFB meeting - change font

Now your comments will be more prominent – visually.
Do not make the font size too big, otherwise it will appear very rude.

A simple but effective way to Differentiate yourself in a SFB meeting!

Differentiate yourself in SFB meeting - 12 font size and purple color

You can also use emoticons if relevant. But a person scanning the chat text will not take emoticons seriously – because many people use emoticons just because they like using them.

You can also use the exclamation mark to attract attention.

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Now your text is shown with the High Priority icon. No need to change font color or size. This is a one-time toggle. For next use, you have to click the icon again before sending text. DO NOT overuse it. If you do, people will ignore all exclamations!

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Try it out and let me know if it works. Of course, these are not the only ways of standing out in a crowded chat. I have thought of and used these techniques. I am sure you also have your own ideas. I would love to learn from you. Please post your methods in the comments section.

More Skype for Business stuff

  • SFB Mute Mic :Meeting Etiquette
  • SFB audio joke – “Can you hear me?”
  • SFB Mute Mic :Meeting Etiquette
  • SFB Etiquette: Do not talk when you join a meeting