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Monday, October 29
 

10:45am PDT

Intro to Power BI - Tell your Story
In this session Power BI introduces me. Yes, you read it right. Come along as I introduce myself through Power BI while I introduce Power BI to you. In this unique session I will take you through a story about me and you will learn different components and services of Power BI. You will leave this session with several questions for the rest of the conference and well focused to get the most of these two days.

Speakers
avatar for Manohar Punna

Manohar Punna

Consultant, LobsterPot Solutions
Manohar Punna is an Data Platform Geek and Vice President of DataPlatformGeeks by passion and a Data Platform Consultant by profession. He is a speaker at various conferences like PASS Summit, SQLBits, DPS. He has authored over 150 blogs and has written a One DMV a Day series which... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am PDT
1202 Cascara

1:30pm PDT

Power BI Rookie Mistakes You Don't Want to Make
Do you want to look like a rookie or a Microsoft Power BI Pro? Come and learn the top rookie mistakes you need to avoid when starting out with Power BI. This session will not only save you from some embarrassment but also save valuable time and money that is spent going down the wrong paths.

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Monday October 29, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
1202 Cascara

2:45pm PDT

Building Enterprise-Grade BI Models with Microsoft Power BI
Enterprise-grade intelligence is no longer out of reach! In this session we will take a look at the new enterprise modelling capabilities in Power BI that can help you unlock new insights from your data including some of the latest features such as aggregations for big data which enables interactive analysis over petabyte scale datasets, incremental refresh for faster refreshes, composite models to combine Import and DirectQuery, XMLA Endpoints for connectivity and programmability, and tooling for complex models.

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Monday October 29, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm PDT
1202 Cascara

4:00pm PDT

Q&A Session: Getting Started with Power Query - Transform Your Data!
This is a Q & A style session , so bring your questions! Session highlights the core fundamentals of Power Query and how it can transform your efforts relating to Business Intelligence. Together we will talk about what it is, how it works, and how you can put it to good hard use in your organization. Power Query is a powerful tool that can help do the dirty work for you! It’s easy to learn and get started! Whether you want to use large complex datasets for Excel, Power BI or Power Pivot, Power Query is definitely a tool to help get you where you want to be!

Speakers
avatar for Brian Grant

Brian Grant

Analytics Consultant, CSG Pro
avatar for Paul Turley

Paul Turley

Paul (Blog | LinkedIn | Twitter) is Principal Consultant for Intelligent Business LLC, a Mentor and Microsoft Data Platform MVP. He consults, writes, speaks, teaches & blogs about business intelligence and reporting solutions. He works with companies around the world to model data, visualize and deliver critical infor... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
1202 Cascara
 
Tuesday, October 30
 

8:30am PDT

Power BI Modeling Best Practices for Business Users
Power BI is a great tool for Business users everywhere. However, when I walk into a client and open their existing Power BI Models, I cringe! In one word, I find them "ugly". Learn-on-your-own business users, often lack the core principles and guidelines for Power BI Modeling. In this session, I want to share with you the key best practices and guidelines for building Power BI Models, which would make your Power BI models "beautiful", inside and out :-)

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Tuesday October 30, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am PDT
1202 Cascara

9:45am PDT

An All Demo View of Microsoft’s Power Platform
While you are probably already familiar with Power BI, PowerApps and Microsoft Flow; you may not know that Microsoft is bringing these tools together into a unified brand called: the Microsoft Power Platform. In this session Microsoft Senior Program Manager, Charles Sterling will give an all demo introduction to these products AND how you can use these products together with other offerings such as their new database engine called Common Data Service for Apps and Microsoft Forms to create very sophisticated “no code/low code” for citizen developers.
  • 3-5 Bullets, explaining what the attendee will learn from presentation (learning objectives)
  1. An introduction to Microsoft Flow
  2. An introduction to App Development with PowerApps
  3. A high level introduction to Power BI
  4. An introduction to Common Data Service for Apps
  5. A grounding in how to integrate these tools + Office Forms

Speakers
avatar for Charles Sterling

Charles Sterling

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
http://aka.ms/chucksbio


Tuesday October 30, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am PDT
1202 Cascara

11:00am PDT

Data Visualization Best Practices for Power BI
Power BI dashboards should simplify the data analysis process for busy business managers and workers who do not necessarily have the time or inclination to dig deeply into data. The purpose of charts, graphs, gauges and alerts are to make BI data easy to grasp. However, building dashboards can be a daunting assignment for BI teams, in no small part because the intended user base often consists of corporate executives and the heads of business units. In addition, they can be a demanding audience.

A dashboard is a visual display of the most important information needed to achieve one or more objectives consolidated on a single computer screen so user can monitor the information at a glance, but how do you make all of this information easy to understand? In addition, more importantly how to do you make it compelling to use?

In this session, we will look at some key best practices that will make it easier to deliver your message to our audience and make your dashboard compelling to use.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Edwards

Dan Edwards

Senior Manager, Crowe LLP
Dan is a CPA with over 25 years of experience in the ERP industry. During this time he has worked in many different roles allowing him to truly understand the complete industry. The combined experience of marketing, sales, presales, consulting and training allows him to provide a... Read More →



Tuesday October 30, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
1202 Cascara

1:00pm PDT

My Favorite Pie (Chart): Simple Rules for Clear Visualizations
Dataviz guru Stephen Few once stated that we should “save the pies for dessert”. What he meant is that pie charts are good in some specific use cases, but they should not be used in others. The same is true for other chart types. Using the wrong type of chart will make it harder for report users to understand the story behind the data. To enable insights, information must be presented in the most intuitive way possible. You will leave this session with five easy-to-implement rules, which will guide you through the process of creating clear and attractive visualizations. Every rule will be applied through live demos in Power BI Desktop, where you will learn how to avoid pitfalls from the defaults and turn the right knobs to build clear and helpful visualizations.

Speakers
avatar for Markus Ehrenmueller

Markus Ehrenmueller

Founder & BI Architect, Savory Data


Tuesday October 30, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
1202 Cascara

2:15pm PDT

Telling a Story with Data
Got lots of data, but not sure of what to do with it?
This session will walk you through the best steps to get the most insightful story from your dataset.

Demo will be using free data from a variety of data sources; we will transform the data into a story that will either raise aditional questions or solve an existing issue. 

Bonus** 
Get best practices on report development and query editing. 




Speakers
avatar for DeNisha Malone

DeNisha Malone

BI Solutions Architect & Consultant
Recent graduate from the University of Memphis. Fell in love with data modeling and management while tutoring SQL in college. Self taught Power BI after Business Intelligence internship in fall 2015 - and has been sticking with it ever since; growing tremendously as the application... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm PDT
1202 Cascara
 
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