Computed entities (Public Preview)  

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Dataflow entities are stored in Common Data Model-compliant folders (CDM folders) in Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2. After your entities have been loaded to CDM folders, you can generate new insights by transforming, modifying, and enriching entities, and aggregating large-scale data. These newly created entities are also stored in CDM folders. Static analysis of Power Query M expressions makes it possible to identify dependencies between entities automatically, so they’ll always be updated in the optimal order, with no need for manual orchestration.

Support for computed entities allows third parties to build Power BI apps leveraging dataflows with richer insights and AI capabilities. For example, you could enrich a customer account entity from Dynamics 365 for Sales with information from open service tickets in Dynamics 365 for Service, and relevant customer meeting information from Office 365. Refreshing computed entities requires Power BI Premium. 

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Using computed entities on Power BI Premium