What’s new in Azure Data Catalog


The Azure Data Catalog (aka previously PowerBI Data Catalog) has released in public preview on last monday(July 13th) @WPC15, which typically reveals a new world of storing & connecting #Data across on-prem & azure SQL database. Lets hop into a quick jumpstart on it.

Connect through Azure Data Catalog through this url  https://www.azuredatacatalog.com/ by making sure you are logging with your official id & a valid Azure subscription. Currently , it’s free for first 50 users & upto 5000 registered data assets & in standard edition, upto 100 users & available upto 1M registered data assets.

Provision

 

Lets start with the signing of the official id into the portal.

Signin

Once it’s provisioned, you will be redirected to this page to launch a windows app of Azure Data Catalog.

AzureDC

 

It would start downloading the app from clickonce deployed server.

ADCapp

 

After it downloaded & would prompt to select server , at this point it has capacity to select data from SQL Server Analysis service, Reporting Service, on-prem/Azure SQL database & Oracle db.

Servers

For this demo, we used on-prem SQL server database to connect to Azure Data Catalog.

Catalog

We selected here ‘AdventureWorksLT’ database & pushed total 8 tables like ‘Customer’, ‘Product’, ‘ProductCategory’, ‘ProductDescription’,’ProductModel’, ‘SalesOrderDetail’ etc. Also, you can tags to identify the datasets on data catalog portal.

metadata-tag

Next, click on ‘REGISTER’ to register the dataset & optionally, you can include a preview of the data definition as well.

Object-registration

 

Once the object registration is done, it would allow to view on portal. Click on ‘View Portal’ to check the data catalogs.

Portal

Once you click , you would be redirected to data catalog homepage where you can search for your data by object metaname.

Search

 

SearchData

in the data catalog object portal, all of the registered metadata & objects would be visible with property tags.

Properties

You can also open the registered object datasets in excel to start importing into PowerBI.

opendata

Click on ‘Excel’ or ‘Excel(Top 1000)’ to start importing the data into Excel. The resultant data definition would in .odc format.

SaveCustomer

 

Once you open it in Excel, it would be prompted to enable custom extension. Click on ‘Enable’.

Security

From Excel, the dataset is imported to latest Microsoft PowerBI Designer Preview app to build up a custom dashboard.

ADC-PowerBI

Login into https://app.powerbi.com & click to ‘File’ to get data from .pbix file.

PowerBI

Import the .pbix file on ‘AdventureWorks’ customer details & product analytics to powerbi reports & built up a dashboard.Uploading

The PowerBI preview portal dashboard has some updates on tile details filter like extension of custom links.

PowerBI-filter

 

The PowerBI app for Android is available now, which is useful for quick glance of real-time analytics dashboards specially connected with Stream analytics & updating  real time.

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About Anindita
Anindita Basak is working as Big Data Cloud Consultant in Microsoft. Worked in multiple MNCs as Developer & Senior Developer on Microsoft Azure, Data Platform, IoT & BI , Data Visualization, Data warehousing & ETL & of course in Hadoop platform.She played both as FTE & v- employee in Azure platform teams of Microsoft.Passionate about .NET , Java, Python & Data Science. She is also an active Big Data & Cloud Trainer & would love share her experience in IT Training Industry. She is an author, forum contributor, blogger & technical reviewer of various books on Big Data Hadoop, HDInsight, IoT & Data Science, SQL Server PDW & PowerBI.

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