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Who doesn’t want updates to technology? This guy. I mean, I love them- they are great – I work for a tech company! Haha. But honestly, sometimes updates can induce a feeling of dread as often an “update” is just a euphemism for “something new to learn.” And don’t these updates seem to come out JUST when you finally feel comfortable with the *last* version that came out?
That’s what happened a month ago with the July Power BI Desktop update. The Power BI team put out a fantastic new Azure Maps visual. I was excited to start using it but then realized very soon that my data set would not work. Why? I didn’t have the latitude and longitude coordinates for my geography table. This was an easy fix though because I know I could do a merging of queries as long as I could find a good data source of latitude and longitude.
If you are looking for a free resource that has a numerous amount of US latitude and longitude information check out https://simplemaps.com/data/us-cities. Don’t worry, I’m not getting sponsored by the website. It’s just the best one I could find for free to help my reports.
In this week’s video, I will walk you through connecting to several data sources, some data cleansing, merging sources together, and looking at the new Azure Map visual.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Matt Peterson is a Trainer for Pragmatic Works specializing in the Power Platform. He graduated from the University of North Florida in 2006 and comes with 15 years of teaching experience in high school algebra. Matt earned the accomplishment in 2013 of being named the Florida Gifted Teacher of The Year. His primary focus is helping our customers learn the ins and outs of Power Apps and Power BI.
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