Over the past few years, the BI industry has come up with new file formats, such as Parquet, ORC, and Avro, which are widely used today. To facilitate its vision for cross-industry data integration, Microsoft introduced a few years ago the Common Data Model (CDM) and CDM Folders. Power BI dataflows output CSV files to CDM folders and each table is saved in its own folder. You can bring your own data lake to directly access these files. If do so, you’ll find the following folder structure:
Although accessing the dataflow files might open all sorts of data integration scenarios, here are some things to watch for concerning the dataflow output:
Read on for five things.