Paulo Monteiro

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    Paulo Monteiro commented  · 

    Connecting to BW via Direct Query in very large BW systems has some advantages but many disadvantages, including slowness and loss of many Power BI key features such as data mashup and transformations. As such, we do not recommend this option in our environment. With Import we can bring transparently the set of data the users need closer to them and allow them to mashup (adding local groupings and hierarchies) and add useful transformations that allows fixing wrong data, adjusting formats etc. However, the Import method does not have Cloud refresh, forcing users to refresh at desktop level and re-publish the whole set again and again. The new BW connector added spedd and mass processing capabilities, which is great. However, without the option to refresh Imported data in the cloud we still have no viable BW connection option to recommend to our users.

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