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Free online Power BI and Excel sessions at the Data Insights Summit

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If business data matters to you, here’s where to dig in deep — and at no cost.

The Microsoft Data Insights Summit, our first Power BI and Excel user conference, lets you sit in online March 22 and 23. Your device is your free pass to the virtual event. Keynotes and select sessions will stream live at from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm PDT on March 22 and 8:00 am – 4:00 pm PDT on March 23.

The summit is designed for you to learn the latest about Microsoft Power BI and Excel from our product development teams and offers 12 online sessions to help you gain the most insight from your organization’s data. While the event is aimed at business analysts, we welcome all who want to deepen their understanding of prediction science and technologies.

James Phillips, corporate vice president of Microsoft Business Applications, opens the event with a keynote and closes day one moderating an executive panel of senior executives who will share their views on how modern BI helps transform organizations and the world. Day one also offers From Hindsight to Foresight: Machine Learning With Excel and Power BI, a look at the tools that can take you from knowing what happened to predicting what will happen. An hour with statistician Nate Silver, best-selling author of “The Signal and the Noise,” wraps up the event. Check out the full schedule below:

Tuesday, March 22

8:00 – 9:30 am: James Phillips – Your Path to Modern BI
10:00 – 10:50 am: Whirlwind Tour of Power BI
11:00 – 11:50 am: Shape External Data with Unprecedented Ease and Power in Excel
1:00 – 1:50 pm: From Hindsight to Foresight: Machine Learning with Excel and Power BI
2:00 – 2:50 pm: Monitor Your Business Using Power BI
3:30 – 4:30 pm: Executive Panel

Wednesday, March 23

8:00 – 8:50 am: Storytelling with Infographics
9:00 – 9:50 am: Excel and Power BI: Better Together
10:30 – 11:20 am: Enabling Deeper Business Decisions Using Cube Formulas and Power Pivot
11:30 am – 12:20 pm: Create Impactful Reports with Power BI Desktop
1:30 – 2:20 pm: Data Modeling with Power BI Desktop
3:00 – 4:00 pm: Nate Silver – The Signal and the Noise: Why Most Predictions Fail – But Some Don’t


We thank our Data Insights Summit premier sponsor, Alteryx Inc., and partner sponsor, ZAP, for their support.


Alteryx is the leader in self-service data analytics. Alteryx Analytics provides analysts the unique ability to easily prep, blend and analyze all of their data using a repeatable workflow, then deploy and share analytics at scale for deeper insights in hours, not weeks. Analysts love the Alteryx Analytics platform because they can connect to and cleanse data from data warehouses, cloud applications, spreadsheets and other sources, easily join this data together, then perform analytics — predictive, statistical and spatial — using the same intuitive user interface, without writing code. Thousands of companies and data analysts worldwide rely on Alteryx daily.

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With the introduction of Power BI, organizations now have an exciting tool that allows users to easily access data and present it in meaningful ways. However, just because access is easier, combining, modeling and governing your data isn’t also so easy. ZAP Data Intelligence provides the ability to model data from both on-premises and in the cloud, making use of native data sources. ZAP Data Intelligence does this in a way that allows a business to empower its people with exciting tools like Power BI while knowing that the information comes from a trusted and reliable source.