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Webinars 3/30-5/31: R Script, Marketing Insights, Modeling Deep Dive, New Flow Features, Power BI Embedded, and Visualization Best Practices from Marco Russo

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We have an exciting selection of webinars coming up over the next few months! Whether you're a Power BI modelling expert, a PowerApps developer, or someone who is curious about Microsoft Flow — or anyone in-between — we've got a free webinar for you, featuring experts from both within Microsoft and your community.

In the past you've asked for us to try some different platforms for our webinars, and this Spring we're pleased to announce the addition of YouTube live video to our lineup! Subscribe to my YouTube channel to get automatic updates and reminders, or use the "Subscribe and join live" links below to be taken right to the event.

Using R Script with Power BI by Leila Etaati

In this webinar, Dr. Leila Etaati will walk us through one her favorite topics: how to take advantage of R Script with Power BI. This demo-rich session will cover a number of topics, including how to use R script as a data source in Power BI Desktop.

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When: 3/30/2017 12:00PM

About Leila Etaati

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Dr. Leila Etaati is Principal Data Scientist, BI Consultant, and Speaker. She has over 10 years’ experience working with databases and software systems. Leila has enabled Enterprise companies take advantage of cutting-edge cost-saving BI technologies and practices around the world. Leila has PhD of Information System department, University of Auckland, MS and BS in computer science. Leila is Microsoft Data Platform MVP.


Marketing Insights with Power BI webinar by Ken Puls and Miguel Escobar

Understanding your online site traffic, email marketing campaigns, newsletter subscriber signups, and Social Media performance are just a few of the challenges that modern marketers have to face. The data that we want to analyze is spread across different systems, like Google Analytics, MailChimp, Twitter, and even inside our local database or spreadsheets, and trying to consolidate all of the data into one single report is an extremely complex task. We often miss the bigger picture! Fortunately, this is a problem of the past, thanks to Power BI. In this session, we’ll showcase a real life solution that two Power BI professionals use to track their marketing efforts online, and talk about how Power BI has helped them grow their business.

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When:  4/06/2017 10:00 AM



About Ken Puls

Ken is a Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA, FCMA) in Canada, and the president of Excelguru Consulting Inc. Ken's passion lies in exploring tools to turn data into information, and teaching others how to benefit from them.  He has held the Microsoft MVP distinction since 2006, have been recognized as a Fellow of my accounting organization and as one of the “Top 20 under 40” business & community leaders on Vancouver Island and currently leading the PowerBI Usergroup in sunny Vancouver Canada

About Miguel Escobar

"Music by night and data by day" summarizes the passions of this Excel-specialist-turned-BI-expert. Miguel is the co-author of ‘M is for Data Monkey’, a frequent blogger, and also the YouTuber behind a series of powerful Excel tricks on video. 


Getting Started with PowerApp Forms

Take your form designs to the next level with PowerApp Form controls! In this webinar learn to make your mobile forms more finger-friendly, and easier to fill out. We take a simple SharePoint list and demonstrate how to make the list view friendly for laptop and desktop users, but also how to create a quick and easy PowerApp for filling out the same list data on-the-go!

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When:  4/11/2017 10:00 AM



Deep dive into data modeling using Power BI desktop and SQL Server Analysis Services by Kasper de Jonge

The Analysis Services model used in both Power BI Desktop and SSAS allows the solving of very complex modelling issues. In this session, we will look at solving several complex modelling problems, like many-to-many, using the latest version of Power BI Desktop and Analysis Services. This is a "Level 300" webinar, and you'll need to have some understanding of Power BI Desktop and data modelling to get the most out of it.

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When: 4/13/2017 12:00PM

About the Presenter: 

Kasper de Jonge is a senior program manager on the Power BI team at Microsoft, where he has worked developing features for Power BI, Power Pivot and SQL Server Analysis Services. He is a frequent speaker at conferences such as Ignite, SQLPASS, and SQLSaturday. His blog can be found at and can also be found at twitter He is also author of Dashboarding and Reporting with Power Pivot and Excel: How to Design and Create a Financial Dashboard with PowerPivot – End to End.



Getting Started with the Common Data Services by Jono Luk

This topic is based on requests from early webinars! The Common Data Services (aka CDS) is a relatively new and unique opportunity for managing data. We will learn about the value of CDS for many purposes and how to make the most of the out-of-the-box entities, as well as learn some basic principles around when to, and how to, create your own custom entities!

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When: 4/18/2017 10:00 AM

About Jono Luk

Jono is the Group Program Manager for the Common Data Service, the data and app platform for the Microsoft Dynamics 365 service and applications. The CDS is tasked with enabling the broad spectrum of business customers and partners, from citizen developers to high-end ISVs, to adopt and thrive on the Microsoft business app platform. As GPM, Jono is responsible for the definition, development and execution of the product vision and usage of the CDS, with a focus on feature and business development for the Core Entity Model, Data Access, Data Integration & Connectivity, Security/Trustworthiness and Collaboration & Productivity, Admin and ISV scenarios.


Introducing a New Flow Feature to Better Enable People-based Automation

This is an exciting webinar — we'll be debuting a new feature live, on screen! Microsoft Flow helps you automate a variety of business processes, including streamlining approvals. In this webinar, Merwan Hade, Senior Program Manager on the Microsoft Flow team, will announce and walk through a brand new Flow feature that you can use to quickly set up personnel-dependent workflows, enabling time savings through automation. The specific feature details are being intentionally withheld for pending announcements — join us to be the first to find out.

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When: 4/20/2017 10:00 AM


Getting Started with PowerApps Controls

PowerApps currently has seven media controls, including Barcode and Video controls. This webinar will present key best practices regarding the use of these controls. Don’t miss out on this session, where you'll learn how to enhance your PowerApps, and make your them stand out in a crowd!

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When 4/25/2017 10:00 AM


Microsoft Flow best practices and examples for Business Analysts by Jon Levesque

Microsoft Flow can create workflows, notifications, automation, collect data and synchronize files between practically any application, services and most data sources. In this webinar, Jon Levesque, Senior Program Manager Flow team, will focus on those activities and talk about design patterns that enable business analysts to get the most out of this do-anything software tool.

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When: 5/2/2017 10:00AM


Getting Started with PowerApps DevOps Workflows by Laura Onu 

Laura Onu, Senior Program Manager on the PowerApps team will be presenting on how to integrate PowerApps into a DevOps workflow.  Laura will cover the process testing strategies, migrating from Test to Production, deployment strategies and finish with the administration and the security best practices.
– Learn Application Life cycle Management Best Practices
– See Demonstrations on New Features and Services in the Admin Portal

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When: 5/4/2017 10:00AM



Power Apps in-depth by Archana Nair

With six months of producing PowerApps applications inside of Microsoft and with our largest customers, the team has amassed a series of best practices, tips, and tricks for PowerApps development. In this week’s webinar, Archana Nair will walk you through her list of top tips that will help you be even more productive with your PowerApps development.

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When: 5/16/2017 10:00AM


What’s New, Exciting, and Coming Next for Power BI Embedded by Aviv Ezrachi

Power BI Embedded is an Azure service that enables you to integrate impactful and interactive data visualizations built in Power BI Desktop into your web or mobile applications. In this webinar, Aviv Ezrachi will start with a level set as to what Power BI Embedded offers developers, walk through some announcements of recent and forth coming releases, and finish with the team’s future priorities.

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When: 5/18/2017 10:00 AM

About Aviv Ezrachi


Aviv is a seasoned Product Manager (MSC) with over 12 years’ experience in various roles in telecom and enterprise software development.


Power BI visualization best practices by Marco Russo

Designing great looking Power BI reports and dashboards isn’t just about beauty; it also makes the information easier to understand. In this webinar, Marco Russo will give us a sneak peek at his soon-to-be-released training series on this exciting topic.

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When: 5/31/2017 10:00AM