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BI Office 6.40 Released

Feb 6, 2017

Release Notes 6.40

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New Features in 6.40

TOOL

FEATURE

DESCRIPTION

Data Discovery
Story Board
Publications

Caching

BI Office now provides enhanced caching facilities. There are three separate caching mechanisms:

  • Content Caching - Improves response time for accessing your books, custom members and custom sets on the content server. May be enabled/disabled by an administrator.
  • Query Caching - Improves response time for the accessing of query results from models. May be enabled/disabled by an administrator.
  • Metadata Caching - Improves response time for accessing model metadata.

Administrators may control caching timeouts for each of the three caching mechanisms (Content, Query, Metadata). For details, see the “Caching Timeout” section in the Settings page of the Admin Help.

Data Discovery
Story Board

Proprietary Actions

Support for Proprietary Cube Actions. These have been enacted to work as a combination of the standard URL and DrillThrough actions.

Data Discovery
Story Board

Multi-Element Slicer Selections in Actions

Prior to BI Office Version 6.40, Microsoft cube actions could be accessed in BI Office with single-element slicer selections only. BI Office now allows administrators to globally enable cube actions for multiple-element slicer selections on any version of Analysis Services, 2005 onwards. This applies to DrillThrough, Rowset and Proprietary Actions. The settings can be found in the new Actions dialog in the Admin Console.

HTML5

Action Results

The Action results table in the HTML5 client has been upgraded to better facilitate large data sets.

General

Performance

Performance improvements have been made in various areas: communication with Repository database; Analysis services; the HTML5 client; load up in the Main SilverLight client; log views in the admin console.

Other Features Added Since 6.30

These features were added in the minor releases 6.31, 6.32, 6.33

TOOL

FEATURE

DESCRIPTION

Query Engine

Total Optimization

Similar to the Optimize button, this optimization switch employs the NONEMPTY function but does so only within the total operation when it is used in a query. Should be used when totaling performance is poor.

Query Engine

Context Heuristics

This will inject the EXISTING MDX function explicitly into the query as needed. Highly nested queries with sibling hierarchies on a specific axis (column or row) can see dramatic improvements in performance.

Query Engine

Measure Optimization

Improve query performance when using multiple hierarchies, not from the same dimension and Measures on Columns/Rows.

Query Engine

Performance Improvement

Significant improvements in large payload handling between client and server.

ProClarity/Legacy

Default import option changed

PAS content imports without query pre-checking.

ProClarity/Legacy

New import option

An option to enable the Query PreCheck was added to the ProClarity BBK Importer.

Administrative Console

Lazy Groups Lookup

Improved login performance by getting users’ active directory groups.

Administrative Console

Use Directory Cache

Improved login performance by using server to cache settings

Administrative Console

Support Nested Groups

Improve login performance by disabling support for nested groups if not needed.

Administrative Console

Server Checks

Server status checks are now off by default.

Administrative Console

Performance Improvement

IP Resolution performance improved.

Administrative Console

Community

New switch for Community function

Administrative Console

Auto Provisioning

Added the "Get User by SID" option to the Admin/Settings/Auto Provisioning dialog.

Administrative Console

Master User Options

The Master User defined during the installation process can now view all Content tabs within the admin console.

Backstage

Import Power BI File

Added "Import Power BI File" command in the content management system to allow the import of PBIX files directly from inside the application.

Data Modeling

Multi-Value Columns from SharePoint

Added support for multi-value columns in SharePoint list data sources.

Publications

Impersonation

When performing scheduling impersonation with the "Use My Account" technique, no password is required for token-based access.

API

Custom Visuals

New landing page for custom visuals (solves security issues for both PC and mobile deployments).

Issues Addressed in 6.40

TOOL

DESCRIPTION

Backstage

  • Domain name was removed from the username information in the Account section of BI Office.
  • Fixed an issue where data sources with the same name were each treated as unique when they contained different upper/lower case characters.

Data Discovery

  • Added an option to deselect all members after a search in a hierarchy tree slicer. This is a feature which was previously removed from BI Office and which is being reintroduced in Version 6.40
  • Fixed an issue where a linear gauge was not showing its title.

Story Board

  • Fixed an issue where Dynamic Text had its slicer interaction reset when moving between slides.
  • Fixed an issue where Global Slicers stopped working after an upgrade.
  • Fixed an issue where the content of an initially loaded dashboard was not sliced according to the slicer selection.
  • Fixed an issue where a slicer selection returned no results.

HTML5

  • Fixed an issue where data points did not appear in a mobile application when there was only one data point for a given series.
  • Fixed an issue where the Back button appeared in an HTML5 dashboard even though the user requested to hide it.
  • Fixed an issue where an interaction to a text asset did not work.
  • Fixed an issue where the wrong item was selected when making a selection in a single select hierarchy tree slicer.

Other Issues Addressed Since 6.30

These items are covered in the minor releases 6.31, 6.32, 6.33

TOOL

DESCRIPTION

Data Discovery

  • Improved Clustering stability.
  • Fixed an issue where a blank space appeared in a grid.
  • Fixed an issue where an exception is thrown after clicking on “Copy Content” (when the UI language is other than English).
  • Fixed an issue where an exception is thrown after unselecting a measure in a Hierarchy Tree slicer.
  • Fixed an issue where the option to “Exclude these from the result set” does not work in the ASD when using Top and Bottom filters.
  • Fixed an issue where the cascading slicer logic breaks the parameter defaults settings.

Story Board

  • Fixed an issue where an exception is thrown when deleting a comment.
  • Fixed an issue where a variable with conditional display does not work as expected in a specific scenario.

Power BI

  • Fixed an issue where Power BI Content is not overwritten when uploading the same Power BI content with the same name.
  • Fixed an issue where PBI Content is not interactive in Story Boards.
  • Fixed an issue where PBI content is no longer available after an upgrade due to changes in the authentication setting of the PBI App in IIS.

HTML5

  • Fixed an issue where complex cascading slicers that work in Silverlight fail in HTML5.
  • Fixed an issue where complex cascading slicers produce incorrect results.
  • Improved stability for the Multi Select Drop Down Box.
  • Fixed an issue where an ArgumentNullException is thrown when making a slicer selection.
  • Fixed an issue where maps with a query based on a parameter throw a JavaScript error.
  • Fixed an issue where making a selection in a Hierarchy Tree Slicer which is based on a rugged hierarchy throws a JavaScript error in a certain scenario.
  • Fixed an issue where a 'getSlicerUniqueName' error is sometimes thrown in a dashboard.
  • Fixed an issue where printing fails in the mobile application.
  • Fixed an issue with broken interactions in a Story Board.
  • Fixed an issue where a dashboard is not printed with the slicer selections made in the slides.
  • Fixed an issue where the Close button is missing when opening PBI content.
  • Fixed an issue where the wheel menu does not respond to clicks in Chrome.
  • Fixed an issue where the HTML5 UI will not work when using HTTP and Windows Authentication.
  • Fixed an issue where an error message appears when using SSL with an invalid certificate.

Printing/Exporting

  • Fixed an issue where a Publication Flow Grid width is not constant across all pages.
  • Fixed an issue where a Flow Grid is printed on a single page.
  • Fixed an issue where when printing a storyboard, the slicers are printed in the opposite order.
  • Fixed an issue where printing/exporting would not work when using HTTP and Windows Authentication.

Administrative Console

  • Fixed an issue where Users and Roles tabs are temporarily disabled.
  • Fixed an issue where an error is thrown when creating a folder under Public Assets.
  • Fixed an issue where a “ShareFile is invalid” error appears when uploading a shape file.
  • Fixed an issue where Auto Provisioning creates a new user instead of updating an existing user (after a login name change).
  • Increased HTML5 cell limitation from 5000 to 12,000.

Backstage

  • Improved performance of importing and exporting content.

Collaboration

  • Fixed an issue where a large grid with an annotation took a long time to render.

Client Engines

  • Isolated Storage improvements and tweaks.

Legacy Content

  • PAS content import optimizations when content includes custom calculations

Grid rendering

  • Improvements in grid component rendering – especially on large query result sets

Localization

  • Improvements in English and Hebrew localization.

Content

  • Performance improvements in reading content from content store database

Mapping

  • Fixed an issue where empty address properties from a level caused the map to lock up.

Data Modeling

  • Fixed an issue where an error message appeared when trying to import multi-values columns from SharePoint lists.
  • Fixed an issue where an error appears when editing a data model that is based on a SharePoint list.
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