Connecting from Power BI Desktop

The instructions on this page are based on the Power BI Desktop February 2021 release.

Supported Power BI Versions

The Open Data Blend Analytics database is hosted in Azure Analysis Services. We recommend that you use the latest version of Power BI Desktop to connect to Open Data Blend Analytics.

Connecting to the Open Data Blend Analytics Server

On the Power BI ribbon, click Get Data > Analysis Services.

You will be prompted for the connection details.

Enter the following details and ensure 'Connect live' is selected then click 'OK'.

Server: link://

Database: Leave blank.

Instead of 'link://' for the server, you can also use 'powerbi:// Data Blend Analytics'

You will be prompted to sign into your account. Use your Analytics User details and follow the additional prompts to complete the login.

When presented with the 'Navigator' screen, expand 'Open Data Blend Analytics', click 'Model', and then click 'OK'.

If you want to work with only a subset of the model, you can choose one of the perspectives (i.e. a named subset of the model). For example, if you want to focus on analysing the prescribing data you would choose 'Prescribing'.

Now you can start analysing the data.

This is what the Open Data Blend Analytics experience looks like in Power BI Desktop.

Open Data Blend Starter Files

We have created a set of Open Data Blend Starters which are files with a pre-configured connection to Open Data Blend Analytics. You can find the starter for Power BI Desktop here.

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