Long-term historical and near real-time performance and usage analytics


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Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Jun 30, 2021 To be announced

Business value

Customers need visibility within the Power BI environment. Power BI administrators need to monitor performance, understand usage and adoption growth, support audits, and ensure compliance within their Power BI environment. This requires access to detailed historical metrics. Customers also need to ensure business continuity by accessing recent activity data to respond to issues immediately.

Feature details

By integrating with Azure Log Analytics, administrators and workspace owners have access to detailed real-time and historical metrics. With these new metrics, tenant administrators, capacity administrators, and workspace owners can analyze performance and activity to better understand usage and to resolve problems. Data streams are sent directly to Azure, which allows users to respond to issues quickly by accessing a near real-time source of Power BI performance and activity data.

The historical data is maintained for up to two years and uses functionality available in Azure for alerting and more. The metrics are visualized using a Power BI template app.

The following data points are available:

  • Analysis Services engine: Provides insights into activities performed against the Power BI datasets for reports and ad-hoc queries. Allows you to investigate query and refresh activity, load, and performance.

  • Report usage and performance metrics: Provides insights into the user actions performed on Power BI reports through the Power BI portal, mobile apps, or embedded within custom applications. Usage and performance are logged at the report page level and include a breakdown of time spent on queries and report rendering. This helps you understand if an issue is related to an external data source, the Power BI data model, or design choices in the report.

  • Audit logs: Provides information on asset lifecycle activities (create, access, modify, delete). The information will match what's available in the Power BI activity log and Microsoft 365 audit log. This Azure integration provides access that doesn't require Microsoft 365 admin rights to view the audit data. The Power BI administrator can control who has logging ability.

See also

Using Azure Log Analytics in Power BI Preview (docs)