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Community in action: the Annik Power BI Challenge

The Community plays an invaluable role in extending the reach of Microsoft Power BI and its capabilities through the palette of custom visuals. One of Microsoft’s preferred suppliers for Business Intelligence solutions, Annik, has been driving advanced Power BI capability across its organization and for the benefit of its customers, using an internal community-focused approach including training, champions and culminating with a competitive contest. Learn about their event, and see some of the unique visuals created during the Challenge!

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Explore your JIRA Data with Power BI

JIRA Software provides bug tracking, issue tracking, and project management capabilities for teams and organizations. The JIRA content pack for Power BI helps you quickly import JIRA data so you can get an instant dashboard to analyze workloads, see how quickly you're resolving issues, visualize velocity over time, and more. Power BI helps you quickly filter by project or component to generate new insights into your JIRA data.

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Congratulations to this month's Featured Data Stories Gallery submissions

Last month we put out the call for education-themed submissions -- along with other topics that interest you -- to the Data Stories Gallery, and we got some fantastic entries! Congratulations to the grand winner and six runners-up. The inspiration topic for this month is "mystery": show us your best data story about haunted houses, Sasquatch sightings, and other spooky data!

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Return of the Dashboard Makeover Webinar!

Back in May we held one of our most popular webinars ever: a live Dashboard Makeover to review, revise, and improve entries from our Community. This month, we're doing it again! Ask the experts at Microsoft and find out if the visual design of your work is helping to project your data story, or just creating confusion. Attend the live webinar on October 13, 2016 to see how our Power BI pros turn dashboards and reports from standard to shiny, sharing insights more efficiently and making a bigger impact on your audience.

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Help Improve Power BI Desktop

We are constantly using feedback from the community to improve Power BI Desktop. This helps us understand how we’re doing and what we can do to make your experience even better. Once a quarter, we run a survey to get insight into your level of satisfaction with Power BI and to get feedback on how to make the Desktop experience even better. This is a great chance to provide direct feedback to the product team and help shape future releases of Power BI Desktop. In addition, you’ll have the chance to win some prizes.

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Power BI Community blog highlights

Did you know that the Power BI Community has its own blog? Along with rapidly growing forums, event listings, and feedback systems, the Community blog is a platform for you to share with your peers, industry experts, and us here at Microsoft. Every month, we’ll post highlights from the Community blog so you can catch up on any of the posts that you may have missed previously. Check out these great posts from September:

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