Microsoft Power Series

Microsoft Power Series

In addition to all the amazing talent in the Business intelligence space presenting at the Data & BI Summit, we have the dream team of Power BI joining us for hands-on learning! Do we have your attention? Attend the Microsoft Power Series, a series included with your Data & BI Summit registration, spanning the time of the conference. Sessions will be two and a half hours of hands-on, deep-dives from the experts from the Microsoft Power BI team. Read up and plan your conference – speakers and their sessions are confirmed and are a can’t miss.

Sessions



Shape your data into a data model with Power BI Desktop

24 April | 16:00 - 18:30

At high level this session will cover, using Power BI Desktop to import and shape data from a variety of different sources. Specifically, you will be able to: Understand the Power BI Desktop data model, the components of effective schemas, gain an understanding of the Power Query M language, import data from a variety of sources (including XLS and CSV files), create queries using toolbar navigations and Advanced Editor, understand parameters and finally, organise queries using folders.


Enhance your Model with Power BI Desktop

25 April | 09:00-11:30

In this session, conference favorite and Microsoft Power BI Program Manager Will Thompson will walk through parsing data modeling formulas, using DAX to create calculations, consequences of data model design decisions, concepts of calculated columns and measures, with particular focus on patterns & CALCULATE.

Will Thompson

Will Thompson
Senior Program Manager, Power BI Microsoft

Will is a self-confessed data geek, working his way through sysadmin and DBA roles before joining Microsoft. He spent 5 years helping customers in the UK implement and get value out of Microsoft’s BI solution. When an opportunity arose to move into the engineering world he jumped at it, and now helps translate customer and market requirements into new features as a Program Manager in the Power BI team.

Advanced Data Visualisation with Power BI Desktop

25 April | 13:00-15:30

By the end of this course with Amanda, you gain a better understanding of the components that influence communicating data visually. Specifically gain familiarity with Power BI report layouts and structure the agile process to creating Power BI data visualisations. Understand the art behind visualisations, implications behind choosing the right charts, the impact of color, shape and size, and finally the use of Power BI custom visuals.


Story Telling with Power BI Desktop

26 April | 10:00-12:30

Join us for this fun interactive session by Amanda Cofsky, Program Manager for the Power BI team at Redmond. Learn how to use bookmarks in Power BI to communicate insights in your data. Be one of the first to learn about and use this brand-new feature that shipped in the October release of Power BI to tell stories with your data and help your users navigate your dashboards and reports. Amanda will finish with real world examples and bookmark tips created by Miranda Li, Data Visualisation expert from Customer Data and Analytics team at Microsoft.

Amanda Cofsky

Amanda Cofsky
Program Manager, Power BI Microsoft

This proud-to-be an Aggie and the most popular blogger on the Power BI team started Microsoft in 2013.  In her first role, she shepherded one of Microsoft’s first BI tools Power View, a data visualisation tool built into Excel where her main focus was chart formatting and design.  From there Amanda helped create a team dedicated to BI tooling: Microsoft’s premier data analytics Power BI Desktop application, and in her latest role is driving the visualisation product area based on data and customer engagement.

Security Deep Dive

25 April | 13:00-15:30

One hot topic with Power BI is security, in this deep dive session we will look at all the aspects of security of Power BI, from users, logging to where and how your data is stored and we even look at how to leverage additional Azure services to secure it even more.

Kasper de Jonge

Kasper de Jonge
Principal Program Manager, Business Applications Microsoft

Kasper has worked developing features for Power Pivot and other Analysis Services products such as the Tabular model and Multidimensional cubes. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, and is the creator of PowerPivotBlog.com, one of the leading Power Pivot websites.

Advanced Power BI Embedded Development Topics

26 April | 10:00-12:30

In this session lead product manager Nimrod Shalit, will dig into the Power BI Embedding topics such as how to implement Row Level Security, credential handling, and application lifecycle integration such as automating workspace cloning/creation.  Nimrod's session will end with discussion of the road map moving forward.

Nimrod Shalit

Nimrod Shalit
Program Manager, Power BI Microsoft

Nimrod Shalit is a leading Program Manager at Microsoft’s Power BI Embedded team. He is highly regarded as a data and BI enthusiast, with past experience as a BI analyst and a product manager. Nimrod has built products for developers, leveraging big-data solutions for a leading AdTech company, using his exceptional skills in taking products from POC stage and up to the market, reaching thousands of web and mobile applications.

Power BI Administration & Governance
presented by Nikhil Gaekwad, Charles Sterling and Kay Unkroth

26 April | 13:30-16:00

Meant as a hands-on and interactive compliment to Nikhil’s administration session: “Enterprise BI Deployments and Governance with Power BI” where Nikhil covered enterprise-wide reporting deployments and providing structure to self-service BI activities within teams.  In this session you will use the tools for publishing and managing your BI assets. Topics being covered are using capacities in Power BI, safely sharing Power BI assets and finally using the Power BI audit log to optimise your Power BI Usage.

Nikhil Gaekwad

Nikhil Gaekwad

As Product Manager on the Power BI service team at Microsoft, his journey at the company started off in 2015 on the Windows Wireless team, where he spent two years envisioning, building, and shipping features in the Wi-Fi and IoT space to millions of customers around the world. He has always had a strong passion for working with data and transforming it into actionable business insights. With an aspiration to be influential in the Business Intelligence community, Nikhil joined Power BI in 2017. Most of you will already recognise him from the recent blogs, videos, and presentations from many conferences.

Charles Sterling

Charles Sterling

Charles came to Microsoft from being a marine biologist working for United States National Marine Fisheries doing marine mammal research on the Bering Sea. He started out at Microsoft supporting Excel and moved through a couple of support teams to being an escalation engineer for Microsoft SQL Server. Taking his love for customers (and diving), Chuck moved to Australia as a product manager and developer evangelist for the .NET Framework. In 2008 he moved back to Redmond as the Visual Studio community program manager and just recently moved to the Power BI team to continue his community passion and looking after the Power BI influencers and MVPs.

Kay Unkroth

Kay Unkroth

Kay is a Senior Program Manager in the SQL Server Analysis Services team focusing among other things on improving SQL Server Data Tools (SSAS). In this engineering role, he works closely with customers, product management, field representatives, consultants, and support engineers to gather feedback, define target scenarios and functional requirements, develop program plans, and execute on them. Kay has 20 years of experience in the IT industry as a support engineer, consultant, developer, entrepreneur, and technical author.