John’s Session Picks for MS Ignite 2017

BI In General

Self-service BI and enterprise reporting on-premises with Power BI Report Server

https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/53403

Chris Finlan

Session code: BRK2156

 

Love Power BI but need an on-premises solution today? Meet Microsoft Power BI Report Server—self-service analytics and enterprise reporting all in one on-premises solution. Design beautiful, interactive reports in Power BI Desktop, publish them to Power BI Report Server, and view and interact with them in your web browser or the Power BI app on your phone. And, since Power BI Report Server includes the proven enterprise reporting capabilities of SQL Server Reporting Services, it can even run your existing Reporting Services reports. Join us for an overview of Power BI Report Server and demos of its features in action.

 

BI in the age of artificial intelligence

https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/56556

Kamal Hathi, Rafa De Los Santos

Session code: GS08

 

Equip your organization today for the future of data analytics. See how users of Microsoft Power BI, for example, can experience their data in a natural way by simply asking questions and getting answers with stunning interactive visuals. Engineering General Manager Kamal Hathi will give you an inside look at how customers across multiple industries use advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and a new class of business intelligence (BI) experiences to help people in their organization easily understand data and find insights.

 

Creating enterprise grade BI models with Azure Analysis Services

https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/55738

Christian Wade

Session code: BRK3360

 

Microsoft Analysis Services enables you to build comprehensive, enterprise-scale analytic solutions that deliver actionable insights through familiar data visualization tools such as Microsoft Power BI and Microsoft Excel. Analysis Services enables consistent data across reports and users of Power BI. This session covers new features such as improved Power BI Desktop feature integration, Power Query connectivity, and techniques for modeling and data loading which enable the best reporting experiences. Various modeling enhancements are included, such as Detail Rows allowing users to easily see transactional records; and deployment and application-lifecycle management (ALM) features to bridge the gap between self-service and corporate BI.

 

Hybrid BI

Keeping your on-premises data up to date with the on-premises data gateway

https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/53571

Miguel Llopis, Robert Bruckner

Session code: BRK3118

 

The session covers the on-premises gateways, how you can keep your data fresh by connecting to your on-premises data sources without the need to move the data. Query large datasets and benefit from your existing investments. The gateways provide the flexibility you need to meet individual needs, and the needs of your organization.

 

Enterprise BI deployments and governance with the Microsoft Power BI service

https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/53387

Sirui Sun, Nikhil Gaekwad

Session code: BRK3112

 

Whether you’re planning an enterprise-wide reporting deployment or providing structure to self-service BI activities within teams, Power BI has you covered. Learn about tools for developing, publishing, and managing your BI assets. We cover the data gateway, managing report lifecycle, publishing options, administration and governance controls, and end-user capabilities across devices and platforms.

 

Bridge the cloud divide with hybrid business intelligence in SharePoint 2016 & Microsoft Office 365

https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/55155

John White, Jason Himmelstein

Session code: BRK3250

 

On premises or in the cloud, rich data visualizations are essential to most business processes and decisions. But frequently, key data may live on premises, although tools like Microsoft Power BI provide a cloud-based surface to view dashboards and reports. Join us for an overview of how to extend on-premises data to the cloud and how to integrate cloud-based visualizations into Microsoft SharePoint on premises.

Honorable Mentions

Unlock the power of your data by integrating analytics into your line-of-business apps

Lukasz Pawlowski and Miguel Llopis

https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/53503

Session code: BRK3152

 

Business users need data in their applications. Learn how Microsoft Power BI makes it easy to integrate world-class analytics into your packaged applications, line-of-business applications, and internal or external portals. See how quickly and deeply you can integrate Microsoft Power BI into your application workflows and unlock your data by seemlessly plugging into Power BI using the Power Query SDK

Treb Gatte’s Session Picks for MS Ignite 2017

Dive into effective report authoring using Microsoft Power BI Desktop

https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/53124

Miguel Llopis and Will Thompson
Session code: BRK2111

Microsoft Power BI Desktop is a tool that allows data analysts, data scientists, business analysts, and BI professionals to create interactive reports that can be published to Power BI. Join us during this session for a deep dive into the report authoring, data preparation, and data modeling in Power BI Desktop. Topics covered include third-party connectors, data exploration, and data visualization. This session includes lots of demos, including what’s new in Power BI Desktop and what’s coming.

Managing Space and Time with Visio and Power BI

https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/55898

David Parker, Scott Helmers
Session code: THR2177

You’re attending Ignite. You’ve registered for 15 sessions. The sessions are located in more than 300 meeting rooms. The meeting rooms are spread across nearly three million square feet in the Orange County Convention Center. What tools do you have that can help you to maximize your time and minimize unnecessary walking?

• You have a list of sessions.
• You have a floor plan.
• You have a clock.
• Best of all, you also have Visio Professional and Power BI!

Learn how you can use the data mining, operational intelligence, and data visualization capabilities of those products to navigate the cavernous convention center more effectively.

Mining Yammer data for gold using Microsoft Power BI

https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/53789

Melanie Hohertz, Dean Swann, Becky Benishek, Simon Denton, Loni French

Session Code: BRK2148

It’s a noisy conversation around enterprise social right now. But when you cut through to the signal, Microsoft’s data says Yammer is growing faster than ever. If you want data-driven decisions and value in social collaboration, analytics have never been more critical. Join a group of Yammer experts as they explore the importance of taking the broad view of Yammer data. Attendees get an overview of Power BI and a review of the Office 365 Content Pack, focusing on Yammer. We take an in-depth look at the “art of the possible” with Yammer data in Power BI, with real-world examples. Come see the power of Yammer, expressed in data that mines the gold for hands-on community managers and executive stakeholders.

Learn how to apply advanced analytics for Microsoft Project & Portfolio Management (PPM)

https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/53818

Jackie Duong,  Rick Bojahra,  Michael Patrick
Session code: BRK3025

Empower decision making by unlocking business insights. Take your reporting capabilities to the next level through Power BI and other analytics tools, with easy-to-use live data monitoring to show your data in a simple and compelling way. Hear directly from the global leader in designing and manufacturing water parks, WhiteWater, who deployed Project Online alongside Microsoft Dynamics and Power BI to optimize their business.

Episode 14 – Surveying the scene

This is episode 14 recorded on September 8th, 2017 where John & Jason talk about Power BI Drill through Reports, Timeline Storyteller Visual, Microsoft Forms with Microsoft Flow and Power BI, and Microsoft Ignite.

Show Notes:

Episode 13 – Back to On Premises

This is episode 13 recorded on August 31st, 2017 where John & Jason talk about Power BI Embedded, Hurricane Harvey, and the new Power BI Report Server.

Show Notes:

Hurricane Harvey and the SharePoint Community

I just blogged about the Hurricane Harvey relief effort that I have been working on for the past week. I know it isn’t about Business Intelligence, but if you have a moment please give it a read.

Hurricane Harvey and the SharePoint Community

While you are at it, if you have an extra minute to watch the following video (in the blog post as well) about an urgent need for the JCC of Houston I would be eternally grateful.

Best,
-jase

Episode 12 – Time after time

Recorded on August 23rd, 2017

This is episode 12 recorded on August 23rd, 2017 where we talk about the new SharePoint Communication Sites, OneDrive’s new sharing functionality, when times are not times, and the difference between embedding reports & Power BI Embedded.

Show notes:

  • SharePoint Communication Sites and Power BI – a security nightmare? Where to put the report…..
    • Comm sites do not tie to an Office 365 Group, therefore no Power BI Workspace to publish to
    • Rollout complete: https://twitter.com/SharePoint/status/897189016470118400
  • OneDrive new sharing functionality
    • Sharing from Explorer
      • Current version: Build 17.3.6963.0807
    • Hans Brender – https://hansbrender.com/onedrive-for-business-engl/
  • Time zone fun
    • Date/Time/TimeZone renders differently
    • https://whitepages.unlimitedviz.com/2017/08/power-bi-time-values-browser-desktop/
  • When is embedded not embedded
    • https://whitepages.unlimitedviz.com/2017/08/power-bi-embedded-embedding-power-bi-reports/
  • EM1 & EM2 SKU availability
    • Only available on a yearly basis now except for E3
  • ISV Accelerator program
    • https://info.microsoft.com/power-bi-embedded-accelerator-offer-register.html

Episode 11- Garden full of news

Recorded on August 18th, 2017

This is episode 11 recorded on August 18th, 2017 where John & Jason talk about the News in Power BI including Desktop update, a new version of the onPrem Data Gateway & the Power BI Research panel.

Power BI Licensing and the Power BI Web Part in SharePoint

John White recently published a couple of posts to help clarify the licensing requirements around the Power BI web part for SharePoint. The first, “What License is Needed to Use the Power BI Web Part?” deals with the nuances of using Power BI Pro vs the Premium licensing model.

The second, “Power BI Embedded is not for Embedding Power BI Reports” discusses the Premium model in Power BI Embedded, and why it’s not appropriate for use with SharePoint.

Episode 10 – May I see your license please sir?

Recorded August 17th, 2017

This is episode 10 recorded on August 17th, 2017 where we talk about the new Power BI licensing model & Microsoft Ignite.

Show notes:

  • The new licensing model & its implications
    • Old
      • Had different features & limitations (storage, refresh, sharing, and data access)
      • Free (but licensed)
        • Included sharing dashboard
          • Gave access to underlying Reports in read-only
      • Pro ($10 per user per month)
  • New
    • Free (but licensed)
      • Author
    • Power BI Pro
      • Share & Collaborate
        • Build dashboards that deliver a 360-degree, real-time view of the business
        • Collaborate on share data

Audit and govern how data is accessed and used

  • Package content and distribute to users with apps
  • Power BI Premium
    • Scale large deployments
      • Distribute and embed content without purchasing per-user licenses
      • Publish reports on-premises with Power BI Report Server
      • Unlock more capacity and higher limits for your Pro users

Episode 9 – Dog Days

Recorded August 3rd, 2017

In this episode, John and Jason look talk about about SQL Server 2017 RC2, PowerApps, and updates to the Power BI service.

Show notes:

  • SP Fest appearance
  • Ignite – Sept 26, 2:00 PM somewhere in the Orange County convention center