Episode 125 – Microsoft Ignite Round up with Adam Saxton

This is episode 125 recorded live at Microsoft Ignite on November 8th, 2019 where John & Jason interview Adam Saxton, Microsoft’s “Guy in a Cube”, about the Power BI community, what announcements Microsoft made this at Microsoft Ignite, and expand upon Adam’s Guy in a Cube Round Up for November 11th.

Show Notes

Killer Power BI updates at MS Ignite (Guy in a Cube Roundup | November 11, 2019)

Weaving Business Intelligence into the fabric of the organization with Microsoft Power BI

Large models in Power BI Premium public preview

Microsoft Power BI: Distributing insights and governing self-service analytics with the Power BI service

Episode 123 – Microsoft Ignite “Know before you go” with Anna Chu

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This is episode 123 recorded on October 31st, 2019 where John & Jason talk to Anna Chu about Microsoft Ignite. She shares information about the upcoming event including lots of tips & tricks, clarifies some information about the event, and we all make some session picks.

Show Notes

6 More tips and tricks for Microsoft Ignite 2019

Ignite Session Picks


Unleashing your organization’s creativity and innovation with a deep dive into the Microsoft Power Platform

Monday at 11:00 AM

James Phillips

The Power Platform (Power BI, PowerApps, Microsoft Flow) represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to unleash organizational creativity and innovation, by arming those closest to your business processes with the tools to analyze and transform them. And unlike past approaches to “low-code” application development and business intelligence, the Power Platform avoids chaotic “application sprawl.” Join James Phillips, CVP, Business Applications Group, to see how IT organizations retain control through an administrative approach that centralizes governance and policy enforcement – offering “guard rails” while empowering business users with intelligence – giving them the best of both worlds. Learn how some of the world’s leading organizations across industries have harnessed the Power Platform to eliminate their application backlogs, enhance insights, improve productivity, and transform their organizations at a pace previously impossible.

Power BI Data modeling fundamentals

Monday at 2:15 PM

Peter Myers, Ayush Rathi, Angela Dobrea

This instructor-led session covers important topics in relation to scalable and well-performing Power BI models. It targets business analysts and IT pros, and provides them with foundational knowledge of Power BI modeling and Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) basics. This workshop builds upon these foundations by introducing model design best practices, describing row and filter context, exploring practical uses of the CALCULATE function, and solving real-world business challenges with the Time Intelligence functions and iterator functions. This workshop is suitable for those looking to gain an understanding and appreciation of Power BI modeling and DAX.

Microsoft Power BI: Business intelligence strategy, vision, and roadmap update

Tuesday at 2:15

Amir Netz, Christian Wade, Arun Ulagaratchagan, Sarina Stevens, Tim Depledge

Power BI enables customers and partners to do more with their data. Come to this session and join our business intelligence leadership as we share the latest information about our strategy, vision, and roadmap for Power BI.


Azure Active Directory: New features and roadmap

Tuesday at 9:00 AM

Alex Simons, Melanie Maynes, Sadie Henry, Libby Brown 

For anyone working on or looking in to identity and access management in the cloud, come to this can’t-miss session to get updates on Azure Active Directory and our vision and roadmap areas for identity in the next year. You’ll hear about the newest features and experiences that provide seamless access for any identity, protect your organization from breaches, and use the latest open standards.

Shut the door to cybercrime with identity-driven security

Wednesday at 10:15 AM

Mark Morowczynski, Rohini Goyal 

Today, in most organizations, there exists an abundance of security solutions and yet what will actually make you secure remains obscure. Come to this session to get your much needed answers on the steps you can quickly take to protect yourself against the most prevalent current and emerging threats!

Office 365 and Microsoft Teams adoption from the real world

Wednesday at 5:35 PM

John Peluso 

Oak Ridge National Laboratories is mainly an Office of Science lab and as such, research and collaboration are key to the lab’s success. They had integrated Skype into their environment when it was still Lync, so naturally, end users had utilized it heavily throughout the years. It was then natural to move towards Microsoft Teams when it became available given its additional features, but many challenges stood in their way. While Skype for Business is easy to use because of its simplicity, Teams picks up the slack (no pun intended) from what Skype was missing. Learn how ORNL navigated the many challenges of transforming their team collaboration and created a new model for accomplishing their mission.

Stop doing these four things in SharePoint and start doing them in Azure

Thursday at 3:40 PM

Mark Rackley 

For well over a decade now, Microsoft SharePoint has been used as the silver bullet for a multitude of business needs around data, storage, and workflow. However, all too often attempts are made to shoehorn SharePoint into a process that it was never designed for. Developers become frustrated trying to make SharePoint work the way they want and users become frustrated that their business needs aren’t fully met. There is a better way using Microsoft Azure. In this session, learn about four common business scenarios you are probably trying to do in SharePoint today that you could easily move to Azure and get better performance, improved scalability, and even reduce costs.

Making the most of out-of-box approvals in SharePoint Online

Friday at 9:00 AM

Laura Rogers 

Do your SharePoint power users create approval processes for documents or forms? The approvals action in Microsoft Flow is an extremely useful and versatile action for these scenarios. The requirements of your workflows may range from simple to complex, and they all vary when it comes to flexibility and functionality. In this session, learn the capabilities of Microsoft Flow approvals, and how to successfully build your various business processes in SharePoint. For example, learn how to build parallel versus serial, one or many approvers, or escalate/reassign approvals when out-of-office.


An introvert’s guide to the IT industry

Tuesday at 2:15

Sonia Cuff

Conferences, co-working spaces and collaboration – today’s tech career essentials or an introvert’s worse nightmare? Come and learn how to effectively navigate social media and in-person networking, while balancing your need for recharging. Explore work tips for both introverts and their extroverted allies, and build a profile where your quiet voice is a super power!

Monday at 5:30 PM

Women in Technology leadership roundtable

Sarah Haase

This diversity session focuses on the unique challenges facing female technology leaders. We share personal stories of success and challenges, discuss the impact of role-based and gender-based stereotypes, and conduct peer mentorship mini-sessions. Whether you’re a woman in technology, an organizational leader/mentor, or an ally that wants to support the growth of gender diversity in the tech space, this session is for you! Learn about the importance of a strong personal brand, gain insight on overcoming obstacles, and see how you can serve as an ally for female technologists.

Wednesday at 11:45 AM

You’re never alone: what community means to people in tech

Magnus Martensson, Susan Hanley, Anna Chu, Laurie Pottmeyer, Sidney Andrews

At a time when we can swipe a touch screen to connect with products, people, and information, what does it mean to be part of a community? What does being part of a community mean to you? Come join panelists from within Microsoft and the MVP community to participate in a conversation about community – what it means, how it helps, and how you can engage.

Episode 122 – October 2019 news roundup

This is episode 122 recorded on October 29th, 2019 where John & Jason talk about the October Power BI news including refreshing your Power BI dataset using Microsoft Flow, general availability of  Automated Machine learning in Power BI, and the Power BI lineage view.

Show Notes

Introducing Power BI lineage view

Announcing Automated Machine learning in Power BI general availability

Announcing new contact lists for reports and dashboards in the Power BI service

Refresh your Power BI dataset using Microsoft Flow

Keep your Power BI SharePoint reports current with Microsoft Flow

User Voice Picks


Allow Pro Users to Publish RDL files from Report Builder

The current version of the report builder can only be published by premium capacity accounts. It would be awesome to include this feature for pro users as well and allow us to add paginated reports to our apps we develop. We have a flat organizational structure and tend to use power BI for clients. We all have pro licenses but there is not much sense to buy premium capacity at this time. However, having this feature would be a huge benefit to everyone using power bi under pro accounts.


Ability to BLOCK self-service purchase capabilities for Power Platform products

Message centre update refers : MC193609 Self-service purchase capabilities for Power Platform products (Power BI, PowerApps, and Flow) will be available for commercial cloud customers starting 11/19.

We need the ability to block this on tenant level with immediate effect. The platform will become ungovernable in a very short period and cause massive governance issues.

Episode 110 – All About Ignite with Anna Chu

This is episode 110 recorded on July 25th, 2019 where John & Jason talk to Anna Chu from Microsoft about all of the opportunities available for community participation at this year’s Microsoft Ignite Conference.

Show Notes

Microsoft Ignite 2019

Microsoft Ignite 2019 call for community content

Microsoft Ignite 2019 call for community champions

Microsoft Ignite 2019 call for community reporters

Episode 71 – Interview with Amanda Cofsky

This is episode 71 recorded on September 26th, 2018 where John & Jason talk about some new & exciting stuff they are each working on & interview Amanda Cofsky, Program Manager for Power BI, at Microsoft Ignite about what is coming to Power BI Desktop like Copy & Paste visuals between PBIX files.

Show Notes:

Video Interview

Microsoft Power BI Desktop: Data exploration, analysis and storytelling – Amanda Cofsky, Will Thompson

Episode 70 – Interview with Kent Weare

This is episode 70 recorded on July 24th, 2018 where John talks to Kent Weare, Principal Program Manager for Microsoft Flow, at the Business Application Summit about Microsoft Flow & the announcement that was made at Microsoft Ignite on September 27th about Power Query Online Integration for Microsoft Flow.

Show Notes:

Announcing Power Query Online Integration for Microsoft Flow 

Microsoft Flow: Digitally transform your business – Jon Levesque, Kent Weare

Build a workflow in 10 minutes –
Jon Levesque, Kent Weare

Episode 69 – Interview with Sundeep Meda

This is episode 69 recorded live in Orlando at Microsoft Ignite September 26th, 2018 where John & Jason talk to Sundeep Meda Senior Software Engineer at Microsoft, along with Adam Saxton, live at Microsoft Ignite 2018 about RDL in the Cloud, field listener questions, the Power BI webpart in SharePoint Online, updates to Report Builder & Report viewer, Row level security in Power BI Report Server, and much more. This is the second part of the live recording done from the podcast studio at Microsoft Ignite 2018.

Video Version

Show Notes:

Ignite Session – THR2052 – Microsoft Power BI: End-to-end enterprise data reporting Report Viewer Web Part for SharePoint

Guy In a Cube YouTube channel

Episode 68 – Live from Ignite with Adam Saxton

This is episode 68 recorded live in Orlando at Microsoft Ignite September 26th, 2018 where John & Jason talk to Adam Saxton, Microsoft’s “Guy in a Cube”, live at Microsoft Ignite 2018 about the new XMLA end points, Certified Data Sets, the shift to focus on Enterprise BI with Power BI Premium, the new ALM Toolkit, and much more.

Video Version

Show Notes:

Guy In A Cube – YouTube Channel

Power BI “Keynote” at Ignite – BRK2148 – Microsoft Power BI: The future for modern and enterprise BI

Ignite Session – BRK3400 – Microsoft Power BI: Deploying and managing Premium capacities to your entire organization (Josh Caplan and Adam Saxton)

Ignite Session – BRK3106 – Microsoft Power BI: Embedding analytics in your apps and portals (Adam Saxton)

Ignite Session – BRK3108 – Microsoft Power BI: Distributing insights and governing self-service analytics with the Microsoft Power BI service (Lukasz Pawlowski and Adam Saxton)    

Episode 67 – Interview with Josh Caplan

This is episode 67 recorded live in Orlando at Microsoft Ignite on September 25th, 2018 where John & Jason talk to Josh Caplan, Sr. Program Manager for Power BI, live at Microsoft Ignite 2018 about Power BI Premium, the new XMLA end points, and much more. .

Video version

Show Notes:

For the video of this interview, check out our channel on YouTube –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGLwGcWtR94    

Ignite Session – BRK3400 – Microsoft Power BI: Deploying and managing Premium capacities to your entire organization (Josh Caplan and Adam Saxton) 



Episode 66 – Power BI Desktop Update & Ignite Session picks

This is episode 66 recorded on September 14th, 2018 where John & Jason talk to about the September release of Power BI Desktop and make picks for Microsoft Ignite 2018.

Show Notes:

Power BI Desktop – September 2018

Here’s the complete list of September updates:



Custom visuals

Data connectivity

Data preparation

Stuff to watch

Unlock petabyte-scale datasets in Azure with aggregations in Power BI
Scott Hanselman & Christian Wade

Ignite Sessions to highlight

GS007 – Microsoft PowerApps, Power BI, and Flow: Power platform vision and roadmap
Arun Ulagaratchagan,  Charles Lamanna,  Keith Whatling,  Richard Riley

BRK3107 – Microsoft Power BI Premium: Building enterprise-grade BI models for big data
Christian Wade,  Josh Caplan

BRK3108 – Microsoft Power BI: Enabling and governing self-service analytics
Adam Saxton,  Lukasz Pawloski

BRK2218 – Microsoft Power BI Desktop: Data exploration, analysis and storytelling
Amanda Cofsky,  Will Thompson

BRK2099 – Upgrade your social communities to knowledge-based communities
Dean Swann,  John White