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Microsoft Power Series at the 2019 Power Summit Europe

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In addition to the 20 tracks lead by the community, technical experts and Industry luminaries presenting at the upcoming Power Platform Summit in Amsterdam, the Microsoft Team will be there in full force presenting the Microsoft Power Series track– over 15 hours of deep dive and hands on content.  These sessions are included in both the  Power Platform Summit and Dynamics User Group Summit Europe conference passes and give you the unique opportunity to learn from the source and gain a view into the future of these products.

If you are not familiar Power Platform Summit Europe, 27-29 March 2019! This conference will be held at the RAI Amsterdam located in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Power Platform Summit delivers the can’t-miss annual conference for users of the Microsoft Power platform – featuring education on Power BI, PowerApps, and Microsoft Flow. Learn how Power BI can help you make sense of your data, produce beautiful reports, and uncover hidden insights for your business. Listen in as peers talk through how they have created apps that extend and mobilize their business using the no code PowerApps option. Then take it one step further by finding out how to automate processes, making your business more efficient with Microsoft Flow.

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A preview of these sessions below:

Getting Hands On and going deep with Microsoft Data Flows

Description: Preparing and defining ETL for insights is significant challenge for businesses today—ingestion, cleansing, transformation, and enrichment are labor-intensive and time-consuming tasks, which require deep technical skills. Power BI now introduces advanced data prep with dataflows—a suite self-service low-code/no-code features and capabilities for business analysts to easily process and unify their data and store it in Azure-based data-lake storage. With these new capabilities, Power BI offers a solution for any business need—whether you want to prep your data with ease, using a familiar built-in Power Query experience, or to leverage the full Azure stack for more advanced use-cases. Join this session to learn how to easily prep your data, leverage Microsoft’s standardized schema, improve time-to-value, eliminate data silos, and create one source of truth for your organizational insights.

Presenters: Anton Fritz & Mahesh Prakriya

Anton Fritz is an experienced program manager, nowadays focused on delivering innovative problem detection capabilities in cloud applications and infrastructure monitoring domain, leveraging machine learning and data mining technologies. Before coming to the Power BI team Anton worked on the Azure Monitoring team, working on advanced detection and diagnostics capabilities powered by ML algorithms for monitoring hybrid workload environments.

Mahesh Prakriya is a Group Progam Manager, Dynamics 365 at Microsoft.  An experienced engineering leader with focus on metrics/data driven results and P&L. Shipped databases, operating systems, applications, services and data platforms/analytics with a focus towardsbuilding great teams, efficiency/agility/focus and fun.

Mahesh Prakriya Anton Fritz

Power BI Administration & Performance Tuning Deep Dive

Description: Need to come up to speed fast on the administration and want to get a grounding in Power BI Performance Tuning for Power BI? Then this all day course is for you!

In this Hands on Session, Kay Unkroth, is going to walk through the Microsoft Power BI administration and the management of a Power BI tenant, including the configuration of tenant settings, usage monitoring, and provisioning of licenses, and other organizational resources. This session covers the typical admin tasks and tools, such as Power BI admin portal and Office 365 admin center, and how to automate them by using administrative APIs and PowerShell cmdlets.  Specific Hands on labs around  using capacities in Power BI, safely sharing Power BI assets and finally using different tools to optimize your Power BI Usage.

Presenter: Bhavik Merchant and Kay Unkroth | Senior Program Manager at Microsoft

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.

Bhavik Merchant I work at Microsoft as a Senior Program Manager within the Power BI Engineering team. I’m responsible for shipping relevant and timely features to make the platform better and increase user adoption.  Prior to that I was a Cloud Solution Architect (Data Platform, BI, Advanced Analytics) at Microsoft Australia. That role focused on helping large clients modernise and better leverage their investments in any data, analytics and visualization technologies. On-premises, in the cloud or hybrid deployments.


Bhavik Merchant

Power Platform Solution Building 101

Presenter: Jon Levesque | Senior Platform Evangelist Microsoft

BIO: Jon manages the pillars of community, evangelism and engagement for the Microsoft Flow product. Through Blogging, Video Production, Storytelling and Community Building, he takes pride in growing the every day awareness of, and more importantly, usage of Microsoft Flow.
Description: Want to understand what the new Solutions tab in Microsoft Flow Power BI and PowerApps is all about?! Join this introductory session to learn about solutions, how to enable them for your tenant, and of course… most importantly, how to use them to your advantage!

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Deep Dive into Power BI Embedded

Alon Baram | Senior Product Manager at Microsoft.

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.

BIO: 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).

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Debugging common DAX and Model performance issues

Description: In this session, we will explore real world DAX and Model performance scenario’s.  These scenarios range from memory pressure to high CPU load. Once we identify them using the monitoring tools, watch as we will dive into the model and improve performance by going through concrete examples. Will it be fixed by optimizing the DAX statement or by making changes to the model? Come watch to find out!

Presenters: Kasper de Jonge  and David Magar Programs Manager at Microsoft

Kasper de Jonge is a principal 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, and is the creator of, one of the leading Power Pivot websites

David Magar is an seasoned Program Manager with extensive experience in cloud application delivery in the BI space as well as Infrastructure and consumer services. He currently leads the improvements in Power BI Premium capacities.

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Advanced Data Visualization & Storytelling with Power BI Desktop

Description: Join us for this fun interactive session by Charles Sterling and Sujata Narayana, Programs Manager at Redmond, where you will 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, implications behind choosing the right charts, the impact of color, shape and size, and finally the use of Power BI custom visuals. Learn how to use bookmarks in Power BI to communicate insights in your data.

Presenter: Sujata Narayana  & Charles Sterling| Program Managers at Microsoft

Sujata Narayana, a data nerd at heart, joined Microsoft’s User Analytics team in 2016 and is now a Program Manager on the Power BI Desktop team.

She is currently focused on Power BI’s end-user experiences, such as ad-hoc exploration and new filtering experience. Sujata strives to democratize analytics by making it easy for data consumers to understand their data to unlock powerful insights.

Charles Sterling (Chuck) 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 team as a program manager and recently moved to the Power BI team to continue his community passion and looking after the Power BI influencers and MVPs.

Sujata Narayana

Collaboration features in Power BI Service

Description: Program Manager Nikhil Gaekwad host this amazing tour of the collaboration features in Power BI Service and how best to take advantage of them. In this informal demo laden roller coaster session Nikhil will demo features like the all new Comments, Power BI Home, Search questions and secure embedding to extend the reach of your data insights content. If you haven’t looked at it, the improved Power BI home navigation experience makes it easy to monitor and analyze your key business metrics. The Power BI Home landing page and our new Global Search feature in the Power BI service provide a one-stop shop for all your Power BI content and a quicker way to dive into your insights. One of the best parts is the new Power BI Home automatically surface your most important content and let you search for it in a single page!  Additionally, Power BI Program Manager Nikhil Gaekwad will look at how you can directly add comments to dashboards and specific visuals to discuss your data.  You can also pull people into your conversation by @mentioning others within your organization. Commenting is tightly integrated with Power Bi mobile, so those you’ve @mentioned will quickly receive a notification and email with your message.

Presenter: Nikhil Gaekwad | Program Manager & Jason Tremper Software Engineer at Microsoft

BIO: 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.

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From Apps, to Data to Artificial intelligence: The True Value & Opportunity of the Power Platform

Description: In a world where data is fast becoming the new oil, learn how the low-code no-code platform revolution can help businesses to leverage their business data and derive insights.

In this session we’ll cover the full end to end opportunity of the Power Platform, especially:

  • Presenting and leveraging Data – PowerBI and predictive intelligence
  • The Entry Point – Apps
  • Creating a Seamless experience – Logic Apps & Flow
  • Delivering value from data with the Common Data Service and the open data initiative

We’ll do this with some great stories from the field including customers, ISVs and System Implementors. The journey has only just begun for the Power Platform, come hear from 2 Microsoft employees at the forefront of this journey.”

Presenters: Bryony Wolf, Product Marketing Manager and Bruce Nicholson, Partner Technical Architect

BIO: Bryony is currently the UK Product Marketing Lead for the Power Platform (PowerApps, PowerBI & Flow) and the Program lead for the UK Dynamics 365 Digital Skills Program.  She joined Microsoft in 2017, after completing her MBA at the University of Cambridge, initially with a Partner focus prior to moving into her current role. Bryony’s prior experience has seen her as a dual qualified SA attorney and UK Solicitor, within private and public law Litigation and International Residential Development.

Bryony Wolf

AI in Power BI Service: Data Flow and Machine Learning

Learn about the integration of Machine Learning in the Power BI Service. This feature has been added recently to Power BI service. In this session, first, some concepts regarding machine learning and AI will be provided. For instance, the audience will learn what is Classification, Regression, Clustering, and Forecasting will be presented. Next, how we able to get data in Data Flow in Power BI service from blob storage, how to use Data Flow to clean the data, then how to apply machine learning to cleaned data will be provided.

Presenters: Leila Etaati and Sarina Stevens

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Leila is Data Scientist, PhD, MVP, and BI Consultant, and Speaker. She has over 10 years’ experience working with databases and software systems. She was involved in many large-scale projects for big sized companies. Leila has PhD of Information System department, University of Auckland, MS and BS in computer science.

She worked in Industries including banking financial, power and utility, manufacturing … She is a lecturer and trainer in Business intelligence and data base design course in University of Auckland.



Empower Your Business with PowerApps

Building apps with PowerApps helps everyone from business analysts to professional developers work more efficiently together. In this deep-dive session, learn how to solve business problems with intuitive visual tools that require little or no code, work faster with a platform that enables data integration and distribution, and extend the platform with building blocks for professional developers. Learn how you can easily create and share apps that run on any device.

Presenter: Brian Dang

Program Manager, Microsoft PowerApps

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Interested in Dynamics 365? Good news, Power Platform Summit is collocating with the Dynamics User Groups on User Group Summit 27-29 March, eXtreme365 which will offer Dynamics Partner readiness technical training 25-27 March and the Dutch Power BI Day 30 March. User Group Summit and Power Platform Summit only require one registration. eXtreme365 and the Dutch Power BI Day will require an additional registration. Don’t miss this full week of learning and networking!