Whether you’re a seasoned data analyst or a business user just getting started, Power BI offers a suite of powerful tools designed to enhance your data visualization, reporting, and analysis capabilities. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the most useful tools and features within Power BI that help us maximize our productivity and make data-driven decisions.

1. Measure Killer


Measure Killer is one of our favourite handy tools designed to help you identify and remove unused measures from Power BI model. This can be particularly useful for optimizing model’s performance and reducing file size. It helps to save a lot of time on repetitive operations.

Key Features:
    • Detects Unused Measures: Quickly scans your Power BI model to find measures that are not used in any reports or dashboards.
    • One-Click Removal: Allows to delete unused columns and measures with a single click.
    • Performance Optimization: Helps streamline your model, making it faster and more efficient.
License: open source.

2. DAX Studio


DAX Studio is an advanced tool for executing and analyzing DAX queries in Power BI, Power Pivot, and SSAS Tabular models. It provides a powerful environment for debugging, testing, and tuning DAX queries.

Key Features:
    • Query Execution: Run DAX queries against your data model and view the results.
    • Performance Analysis and Optimization:
      – Query Performance Insights: Provides detailed insights into the performance of DAX queries, helping identify bottlenecks and optimize query performance.
      – Query Plan and Server Timings: Displays query execution plans and server timings to analyze the efficiency of DAX queries and understand how they are processed by the engine.
    • Export Data: Export query results to CSV or Excel for further analysis.
    • Advanced Query Development:
      – IntelliSense: Offers IntelliSense features for DAX, including syntax highlighting, auto-completion, and function suggestions, which make writing and debugging DAX code easier and faster.
      – Query Builder: Allows users to build and test complex DAX queries interactively, facilitating experimentation and refinement of calculations.
    • Advanced Scripting: Use scripting capabilities to automate repetitive tasks.
    • Model Exploration:
      – Metadata Browser: Offers a metadata browser to explore the structure of the data model, including tables, columns, measures, and relationships.
      – Dependency View: Visualizes dependencies between different elements of the data model, aiding in understanding and managing complex models.
License: open source.

3. Tabular Editor


Tabular Editor has two versions: free and commercial one. You can check the website to check the most recent ones. In general this is lightweight, powerful tool and can be used for managing Analysis Services Tabular Models. It provides a more efficient and user-friendly way to build, maintain, and document your data models.

Key Features:
    • Model Management: Easily create, edit, and manage your tabular models.
    • Scripting and Automation: Use the C# scripting language to automate tasks.
    • Best Practice Analyzer: Ensure your model adheres to best practices with built-in rules and checks.
    • Metadata Management: Efficiently manage and document your model’s metadata.
    • Bulk Editing: Modify multiple properties across columns, measures, and tables simultaneously, saving significant time compared to the Power BI desktop.
    • Measure Dependencies: Visualize measure dependencies to understand and troubleshoot relationships between different measures and calculations.
    • Performance Tuning: Analyze and optimize model structures and DAX queries to improve the performance and efficiency of the models.
License: free and commercial.

4. Power BI Helper


Power BI Helper is a comprehensive tool designed to assist with various aspects of Power BI report development and management. It offers functionalities to help document, analyze, and troubleshoot Power BI reports.

Key Features:
    • Documentation: Generate detailed documentation of your Power BI reports and datasets.
    • Dependency Analysis: Analyze dependencies between various elements in your reports.
    • Data Model Analysis: Inspect and optimize your data model structure.
    • Error Detection: Identify and resolve common issues in Power BI reports.
License: open source.

5. Power BI Performance Analyzer


Power BI Performance is a feature included in the May 2019 release of Power BI Desktop that helps you analyze the performance of your Power BI reports. It provides insights into how your report is performing and identifies areas for improvement.

Key Features:
    • Performance Metrics: Collect and display performance metrics for your reports.
    • Visual-Level Analysis: Analyze the performance of individual visuals within a report.
    • Optimization Recommendations: Receive suggestions for optimizing report performance.
    • Detailed Reporting: Generate detailed reports on performance findings and recommendations.
License: N/A (built in Power BI Desktop).

6. Power BI Model Documenter


Power BI Documenter by Data-Marc is a tool that automatically generates comprehensive documentation for Power BI models, reports, and datasets. It helps maintain transparency and facilitates easier report management.

Key Features:
    • Automated Documentation: Generate detailed documentation with minimal effort.
    • Customizable Outputs: Customize the format and content of the documentation.
    • Dependency Mapping: Visualize dependencies between different elements of your Power BI projects.
    • Change Tracking: Track changes in your Power BI environment over time.
License: open source.

7. Bravo


Bravo for Power BI is a valuable tool designed to enhance the experience of managing and optimizing Power BI datasets.

Key Features:
    • Optimized Data Model Management:
      – Table Optimization: Provides recommendations for optimizing table structures, helping to improve performance and reduce the size of the dataset.
      – Column Management: Identifies unused columns and offers the option to remove them, streamlining the data model.
    • DAX Code Optimization:
      – Measure Optimization: Analyzes DAX measures and provides suggestions for optimizing their performance, ensuring faster and more efficient calculations.
      – DAX Formatter: Formats DAX code for better readability and maintainability, making it easier to understand and debug complex calculations.
    • Data Model Documentation:
      – Automatic Documentation: Generates comprehensive documentation for the data model, including tables, columns, relationships, and measures, which can be shared with Stakeholders.
      – Metadata Export: Exports metadata to various formats (such as Excel or PDF), facilitating better communication and documentation practices.
    • Performance Analysis:
      – Performance Metrics: Provides detailed performance metrics and insights, helping to identify and address performance bottlenecks within the data model.
      – Query Performance: Analyzes query performance and offers recommendations for improving query efficiency.
    • Best Practices Enforcement:
      – Guidance and Recommendations: Offers best practice recommendations for data model design, DAX coding, and performance optimization, ensuring that users follow industry standards.
      – Consistency Checks: Performs consistency checks on the data model to identify potential issues and suggest corrections.
License: open source.


These tools can greatly enhance your Power BI experience by providing specialized functionalities that streamline your workflow, optimize performance, and improve the manageability of your Power BI projects. By incorporating them into your toolkit, you can become more efficient and effective in your data analysis, writing DAX code, building and even documenting your data models.