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Microsoft Deep Drive Track at the Data and BI Summit April 22-26

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Join Business Analysts, Data Professionals & Power BI Users at the inaugural Data & BI Summit, located in Dublin, Ireland 24-26 April 2018 at the Convention Centre Dublin.

Microsoft Deep Drive Track

In addition to all the amazing luminaries in the Business Intelligence space the Microsoft Team will be at the BI Summit in full force!

Check out the members of the Power BI team already confirmed and their deep dive sessions being delivered specifically for the Data & BI Summit.

  1. Shape your data into a data model with Power BI Desktop by Will Thompson
  2. Enhance your model with Power BI Desktop presented by Will Thompson
  3. Advanced data visualization with Power BI Desktop presented by Amanda Cofsky
  4. Story telling with Power BI Desktop presented by Amanda Cofsky
  5. Power BI administration & governance presented by Charles Sterling, Nikhil Gaekwad and Kay Unkroth
  6. Advanced Power BI Embedded development topics by Alon Baram
  7. Security deep dive presented by Kasper de Jonge

Shape your data into a data model with Power BI Desktop by Will Thompson   

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 organize queries using folders.

Enhance your Model with Power BI Desktop presented by Will Thompson   

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

Advanced Data Visualization with Power BI Desktop presented by Amanda Cofsky

By the end of this course, 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 visualizations. Understand the art behind visualizations., understand 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 presented by Amanda Cofsky

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 Visualization expert from Customer Data and Analytics team at Microsoft.

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

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 optimize your Power BI Usage.

Advanced Power BI Embedded Development Topics by Alon Baram

In this session senior product manager Alon Baram 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.  Alon’s session will end with discussion of the road map moving forward. (Editors Note: The development team may send out another of the PMs).

Security Deep Dive presented by Kasper de Jonge

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.

The Presenters:

About Alon Baram

Senior Product Manager at Microsoft.  Seasoned product manager with substantial inbound and outbound skills.
A profound catalyst, possessing excellent matrix management and execution capabilities.
Vast experience in driving various products throughout their life cycle stages, from inception to successful launch.
Expertise in the areas of cloud-based enterprise services and Telecom Value Added Services (VAS).

About Amanda Cofsky

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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 visualization 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 visualization product area based on data and customer engagement.

About Charles Sterling

Charles Sterling 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.

About Kasper de Jonge

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Kasper de Jonge is a senior program manager on the Business Applications team at Microsoft, where he 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 such as TechEd, SQLPASS, and SQLSaturday, and is the creator of, one of the leading Power Pivot websites.

About Kay Unkroth

Kay Unkroth 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.

About Nikhil Gaekwad

Nikhil Gaekwad is a 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 recognize him from the recent blogs, videos, and presentations from many conferences.

About 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.

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