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Webinars for the week of 8/14: R for the Masses and Using Power BI to Build Financial Dashboards

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After a two week break, the Power BI webinars are back and with two of the most requested topics: R and Financial Dashboards.  The details about the sessions: 

Using Power BI to build Financial Dashboards by Avi Singh

If you work in Finance or with Financial data, it is likely that you have a love-hate relationship with Excel. The good news is, while you were not looking, Excel has been transformed. The modern Excel, teamed up with Power BI helps you quickly go from data to insights.

This means that financial analysts, rather than wrestling with data and queries, could instead, focus on serving their customer – the business – by providing smart analysis, insights and financial guidance.

In this webinar, we will cover a real case study for a Finance team and show you how you can leverage Excel and Power BI to combine multiple data sources with easy refresh, establish a single source of truth, analyze your data easily, and more!

August 16, 2016 at 10 a.m. PT
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About Avi Singh

Avi Singh is a Power BI trainer and consultant based out of Seattle. He is a Microsoft MVP, co-author of the top-selling book "Power Pivot and Power BI: An Excel User's Guide" and a regular speaker at conferences and user events.

Avi has personally experienced the transformation and empowerment that Power BI can bring, going from an Excel user to building large-scale Power BI solutions. His mission now is to share his knowledge about Power BI.

You can follow him on his blog at or video blog at


R for the masses with Power BI by Sharon Laivand

If you missed it, a new set of rich R visuals have been fully integrated into Power BI service reports, and can be filtered, cross filtered, and pinned to dashboards. In this webinar, Microsoft Senior Program Manager Sharon Laivand will show how the new R visuals can be viewed by Power BI users without users having to be aware of this underlying technology. Learn how to take advantage of R's thousands of ready-to-use packages, the& R language's extensibility, and its endless complementary capabilities for analyzing and visualizing data.

August 18, 2016 at 10 a.m. PT
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About Sharon Laivand

Before joining the Power BI Team, Sharon was a senior product manager in the AD Identity & Access Management (IAM) product group defining the next generation of Microsoft’s IAM solutions. Sharon has over 20 years of experience in the software security domain and the experience of defining a few MS products in this space, such as the authentication flows in Windows Server 2012 R2 – Web Application Proxy Role.  Sharon now specializes in making R easier to use and integrating it into the Power BI suite of Products.