ArcGIS Maps for Power BI (preview)

Let’s take a look at some of the amazing features of the new ArcGIS Maps for Power BI visual that’s available with the September release of Power BI Desktop. As you know, Power BI Desktop is a free visual analytics tools provided by Microsoft. The new ArcGIS Maps for Power BI feature is also available at no cost. So what are you waiting for  ;).

You’ve probably read my blog post about the visual already, seen the product page, read some reviews as well. Now, I wanted to go into some more depth and give some insights into how I imagine users will leverage the capabilities. Let’s start with a video that gives a quick summary of feature set and shows some examples.

In the example above, I used Seattle Building Permits data that I loaded from The reference layer was found just by searching for Seattle in the ArcGIS search box. The City of Seattle already had published some layers that I was able to discover and use in about a minute.

David Eldersveld put together a nice tutorial showing how to publish your own public reference layer. The steps are easy: you sign up for ArcGIS Online, make your layer, then set the permissions to make it public. Once done, you can search for your layer in the ArcGIS tab under Reference Layer in the ArcGIS Maps for Power BI visual.

Overall the ArcGIS Maps for Power BI visual is just starting out. I know there are more features coming, as well as refinements that will make it even better.

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