Ep 78 – Interview with the SPFest BI Speakers

This is episode 78 recorded on December 5th, 2018 live from SPFest Chicago where Jason talks with the other speakers on the BI track Treb Gatte, Liz Sundet, and Daniel Glenn about their perspectives on BI in the SharePoint space & their predictions for 2019.

Show notes:

Treb Gatte

Treb is Managing Partner, of TumbleRoad.com, a Power BI consultancy. Tumble Road works with many companies worldwide, like Pandora Media, Microsoft, and Kaiser Permanente, to achieve business intelligence success.

Treb is a five year Business Solutions MVP and a one year Data Platform MVP for Power BI. He has authored three books on Project and SharePoint. He is also a professional public speaker and a CIO Magazine Contributor for the Effective Enterprise blog. Treb is a former Project Engineering Team BI PM at Microsoft.

You can follow Treb on Twitter @tgatte.

Liz Sundet

Liz is a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer for SharePoint and former Office Apps and Services MVP. She loves a challenge, so everything from a business problem to troubleshooting an error in a system is just another learning opportunity. As a trainer and international speaker, she hopes to inspire others to learn something they can apply to their own work immediately. When she is not working in SharePoint or traveling, you may find her in a variety of activities as diverse as she is: playing music, riding motorcycles, training her dog and even a craft or two.

You can follow Liz on twitter @percusn.

Daniel Glenn

Daniel is a Microsoft Office Apps and Services MVP with 15 years’ experience building technology solutions, intranets and extranets. As a Practice Lead for InfoWorks Inc., He helps organizations of all sizes solve complex data challenges by implementing Office 365 and SharePoint without the need of customization and costly investments. 

He is a sought-after trainer, providing customized Power BI and Microsoft Flow training for companies around the world. He’s also passionate about giving back and building the Microsoft technical community. Daniel holds leadership roles in various local user groups, serves as an organizer for SharePoint Saturday Nashville, and is a co-host for the popular REgarding 365 Message Center show on MessageCenter.Show. You can follow Daniel online at https://DanielGlenn.com and @DanielGlenn on Twitter.

Helpful Links

MessageCenter.Show

Tumble Road

Episode 77 – Interview with Arun Ulag

Thisis episode 77 recorded on November 21st, 2018 where John & Jason talk aboutsome new blogs posts from John and interview Arun Ulag, General Manager ofPower BI Engineering at Microsoft, about all things Power BI at MicrosoftIgnite on September 25th, 2018.

Show Notes

About Arun
https://www.linkedin.com/in/arun-ulag-086b576/

John’s blog posts

USE POWER BI DATAFLOWS TO WAREHOUSE SHAREPOINT LIST DATA

GET THE MOST OUT OF POWER QUERY IN POWER BI DATAFLOWS

Have a question you want answered? Drop us a note or send us a .WAV file of your question at info@bifocal.show and we will answer your question on the show in our end of year wrap up show.

Episode 75 – PASS Summit News & Dataflows

Thisis episode 75 recorded on November 9th, 2018 where John & Jason talk aboutthe news coming out of PASS Summit and break down the introduction of Dataflows.

Show Notes

Power BI delivers dataflows, enterprise reporting, and major updates to Power BI Desktop

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-delivers-dataflows-enterprise-reporting-and-major-updates-to-power-bi-desktop/

  • Dataflows expand self-service data prep in Power BI
  • SQL Server Reporting Services technology now in Power BI
  • Power BI Desktop November Update
    • Will cover in detail on a future show once this drops

Introducing: Power BI data prep with dataflows

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-power-bi-data-prep-wtih-dataflows/

  • Self-service data prep for big data in Power BI 
  • Advanced Analytics and AI with Azure
  • Support for the Common Data Model
    • Getting started with self-service data prep
    • Ingesting large amounts of data with Incremental Refresh
    • Building complex ETL projects with Linked entities
  • Gaining further insights with Computed entities
    • Connecting datasets to your data

Public Preview of Paginated Reports in Power BI Premium Now Available

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/public-preview-of-paginated-reports-in-power-bi-premium-now-available

Power BI Paginated Reports also available in Power BI Mobile Apps(preview)

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-paginated-reports-also-available-in-power-bi-mobile-apps-preview

Paginated report metrics and dataflow metrics now available in Premium Capacity Metrics app

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/paginated-report-metrics-and-dataflow-metrics-now-available-in-premium-capacity-metrics-app/

Premium Capacity Metrics app – query metrics histogram now available

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/premium-capacity-metrics-app-query-metrics-histogram-now-available/

 

Episode 73 – Interview with Chris Finlan

This is episode 73 recorded on October 22nd, 2018 where John & Jason talk to Chris Finlan, Senior Program Manager for Power BI at Microsoft, about the Power BI Report Server, Paginated Report in the cloud via Power BI, and much more.

Show Notes

Power BI Report Server release timing update

Chris Finlan on Twitter

PASS Summit (Focus Groups)

Episode 61 – App Workspaces and Content Packs with Lukasz Pawlowski

This is episode 61 recorded on August 9th, 2018 where John & Jason talk to Lukasz Pawlowski, Senior Program Manager on the Power BI team at Microsoft, and mention highlights from the August Power BI Desktop release.

This is episode 61 recorded on August 9th, 2018 where John & Jason talk to Lukasz Pawlowski, Senior Program Manager on the Power BI team about the coming changes to Content Packs and App Workspaces, and mention highlights from the August Power BI Desktop release.

Content Packs and Group connected Power BI workspaces have been with us since the launch of the new Power BI in 2015. Both of these features are about to go some significant changes. Lukasz Pawlowski is the program manager for both features, and he joins us to explain what they are and why they are happening, among other things.

In addition, we also have a quick look at the August 2018 release of Power BI Desktop.

Show Notes:

Enable you team with new workspace experiences (preview) 

Power BI Desktop August 2018 Feature Summary

Episode 60 – SharePoint Business Intelligence – The End of an Era

This is episode 60 recorded on August 7th, 2018 where John & Jason talk about a new initiative for Power BI Beginners & the deprecation and removal of BI Features in SharePoint 2019.

Show Notes:

Business Intelligence in SharePoint 2019

What’s deprecated or removed from SharePoint Server 2019 Public Preview

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

Upcoming webinar – Building a KPI Scorecard with Custom Visuals in Power BI with Reid Havens

 

Episode 56 – Developer & Gateway news and MVP Renewals

This is episode 56 recorded on July 12th 2018 where John & Jason talk about Microsoft Research Open Data, Developer & Gateway news, Power BI Desktop vs Service, and MVP renewals.

Notes:

Jason & John got renewed as Office Servers & Services MVP! John is now a double MVP in Data Platform for Power BI. Then Microsoft changed the categories again and they are Office Apps & Services MVPs now… either way, we are BACK!

MSR Open Data

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/blog/announcing-microsoft-research-open-data-datasets-by-microsoft-research-now-available-in-the-cloud/

Power BI Desktop vs Power BI Service

https://www.mssqltips.com/sqlservertip/4139/compare-power-bi-desktop-vs-power-bi-online/

Power BI Developer community June update

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-developer-community-june-update/

On-premises data gateway June update is now available

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/on-premises-data-gateway-june-update-is-now-available/

Power BI Workspace Collections is being deprecated – was supposed to happen June 30… get out now!!!! Get on Power BI Embedded

End of Microsoft Fiscal, 4th of July, O’Canada Day, and the looming Business Application Summit all lead to slow news time.

Coming events

Business Applications Summit 7/22-7/24 – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/businessapplicationssummit

SPSNYC 7/28 – http://www.spsevents.org/city/nyc

SPFest Seattle 8/20-8/24 – https://sharepointfest.com/Seattle/

SPTechCon 8/26-8/29 – http://www.sptechcon.com/

Microsoft Ignite 9/24-9/28 – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/ignite

European SharePoint Conference 11/26-11/29 – https://www.sharepointeurope.com/

Ep 54 – Miscellaneous news & the looming Power BI Embedded deadline

This is episode 54 recorded on June 21th 2018… where John & Jason talk about mobile app configuration of PBIRS settings, a new way of analyzing Excel in Power BI, and the upcoming Power BI Embedded deadline.

Show Notes

Report Server configuration with MDM/EMM tools

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/drill-through-and-report-server-configuration-with-mdm-tools/

 

Analyze in Power BI coming to the SharePoint UI – Kerem Yuceturk

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/SharePoint-BI/New-feature-Create-Power-BI-reports-from-tables-in-Excel-files/td-p/201843

 

Use Outlook to organize Power BI reports – Chris Finlan

https://christopherfinlan.com/2018/06/11/use-outlook-shortcuts-to-organize-your-favorite-power-bi-reports-and-dashboards/

 

Business Application Summit – Sessions are up

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/businessapplicationssummit

 

Power BI Embedded deadline is coming up!

https://www.bifocal.show/2018/03/27/episode-42-the-power-bi-embedded-show/

Megan Assarane interview

 

Coming events

Business Applications Summit 7/22-7/24 – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/businessapplicationssummit

SPSNYC 7/28 – http://www.spsevents.org/city/nyc

SPFest Seattle 8/20-8/24 – https://sharepointfest.com/Seattle/

SPTechCon 8/26-8/29 – http://www.sptechcon.com/

Microsoft Ignite 9/24-9/28 – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/ignite

European SharePoint Conference 11/26-11/29 – https://www.sharepointeurope.com/

Episode 53 – New initiatives

This is episode 53 recorded on June 13th 2018… where John & Jason talk about new initiatives in their world, discussed MyAnalytics, Azure Machine Learning, and some of the Power BI Service limits & what to do about them.

 

Jason – working on:

  • New product launch
  • Changes in my role
    • Microsoft Inspire & Ready
    • Partnerships
    • A renewed focus on process
      • Leads to more Power BI
      • Newly on E5
        • MyAnalytics
  • Summer plans

 

John – working on:

  • Azure ML and ML Studio – why does this stuff matter? The predictive part of BI
  • The PBIX Grow up story. Hitting the limits of the service.
  • tyGraph
    • For SP, OneDrive and Teams
  • New stuff based on CDSA
  • Power of the Cloud – June 22 – https://powerofthecloud.net/

 

Upcoming events

           TSPUG 6/20 – https://www.meetup.com/TorontoSPUG/

SPSNYC 7/28 – http://www.spsevents.org/city/nyc

SPFest Seattle 8/20-8/24 – https://sharepointfest.com/Seattle/

SPTechCon 8/26-8/29 – http://www.sptechcon.com/

 

The Intrazone: Episode 6 “The Desktop Diet”

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-SharePoint-Blog/The-Intrazone-episode-6-The-desktop-diet/ba-p/203323

Episode 52 – Power BI Desktop June update

This is episode 52 recorded on June 7th 2018… where John & Jason talk about the new Power BI Desktop update & the role of Power BI Desktop.

Power BI Desktop June Update

Reporting

Custom Visuals

Modeling

Data Connectivity

Other

 

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