Microsoft Power BI

Exporting DSS Datasets to Microsoft Power BI (online)

Microsoft Power BI is a cloud-based business analytics service that gives you a single view of your most critical business data.

This DSS Plugin offers the ability to export Dataiku DSS data to Power BI, using the regular Export infrastructure.


Microsoft Power BI and Dataiku DSS are 2 complementary solutions. In a typical usage scenario, users will be able to:

  • build workflows in DSS to create complex data transformation pipelines and build machine learning models, possibly relying on other Microsoft technologies (such as Azure Blob Storage, Azure Data Lake Store, Azure HDInsight or SQL Server)
  • then push the outuput of these workflows directly to Power BI to be consumed by end users, using its interactive visualization and dashboarding features.

The Power BI custom Exporters can be used directly from the Export menu of the Dataset, or through an Export Recipe. If the latter is used, it will be usable in a DSS Scenario and the data could be refreshed automatically on scheduled basis.

Export your DSS Datasets to Power BI
Export your DSS Datasets to Power BI.


Plugin Information

Version 1.1.1
Author Dataiku
Released 2018-05-03
Last updated 2018-05-03
License Apache Software License
Source code Github repository

Obtaining Valid Power BI Credentials To Use The Plugin

The Plugin uses the Power BI REST API to interact with Power BI, and requires a valid access token to be able to submit requests. The information required to get an access token are:

  • the username (email address) of the user authorized to access to Power BI
  • the associated password
  • the Client ID of the Power BI client application
  • the associated Client Secret

You will need to register a client application. The main steps are as follows:

  • (optional) In your Azure Active Directory, create a “generic” user that will be used as a service account for Power BI
  • Navigate to and login using this account
  • Register a new “Server-side Web app”, ticking all Dataset APIs boxes, and write down your application Client ID and Client Secret
  • Go back to the Azure portal
  • In the Azure Active Directory section, go to “App registrations”
  • Select the App you created above (you can filter by application ID)
  • Under Required permissions, select Power BI Service, select all permissions, then click Grant permissions

Please refer to this official Azure documentation in case of questions, and contact your Power BI administrator.

How To Use

The Plugin provides the following components:

  • A template of DSS Web App to generate and save a valid Power BI access token
  • A DSS Macro to generate and save a valid Power BI access token (prefered method to get an access token)
  • A DSS Exporter to export a DSS Dataset to Power BI, using an existing access token (generated using the Web App or the Macro)
  • A DSS Exportet to export a DSS Dataset to Power BI, generating a new access token at each build using the user’s Power BI credentials

Getting a Power BI access token

You can either use the Web App template to create a new Web App, or use the DSS Macro. The Macro is the preferred way, as it can be used in conjunction with DSS Scenarios for automation, and automatic refresh. It is available directly in your Project Macros once the Plugin is installed. Here is a screenshot of this Macro:

Power BI access token generation Macro
Power BI access token generation Macro

Once run, a valid acces token is generated and stored in the current Project Variables.

Exporting a DSS Dataset to Power BI

The Plugin will appear through the regular Export facility of DSS. For one-off export, just click on the Export function of a Dataset, and under “OTHER (CUSTOM)”, you will be able to see the 2 custom Power BI exporters:

One-off export to Power BI
One-off export to Power BI

To automate the Export to Power BI, an Export Recipe can be used. The 2 Exporters will be also available there, but will now be part of the Flow and can then be automated via Scenarios. Here is a screenshot:

Export Recipe to Power BI
Export Recipe to Power BI

Using DSS data in Power BI

Once the export has completed, the data will be available for consumption in Power BI. The table associated with the dataset is called “dss-data” (default value), and the data types will be inferred from the DSS Dataset. Visualizations can be built from there:

Power BI
Power BI

Additional instructions are available in our Github repository

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