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We caught up with Focus 2018 speaker and Business Intelligence Architect, Justin Eggert to see what he is looking forward to about the event in Indianapolis this May.   Please share a “golden nugget” attendees will take away from your session that is not found in the session agenda. I will be sharing a nugget about applying the CROSSFILTER to push the context of a dimension from one fact able to another to enable a summary measure between the tables …   Aside from speaking, what you are most looking forward to about being part of Focus 2018? There are always multiple ways to solve the puzzle, and the simplest way is the best way, but not ...
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Data & BI Summit is about to happen, but we don’t have you on the list of attendees yet! Join Business Analysts, Data Professionals & Power BI users at the Convention Centre in Dublin from 24-26 April. At the moment there are still some seats left, claim yours today before they run out! Register Now Some Fast Facts Here are some fast facts that will show why Data & BI Summit is a can’t miss event. Did you know that…. ….Data & BI Summit offers 68 sessions across 4 tracks ….the sessions at Data & BI Summit are hosted by more than 100 speakers ….4 Academy classes are offered within Data & BI Summit’s Pre-Conference ...
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With T Minus 7 days to Data & BI Summit, speakers are buttoning up presentations to secure high session scores. Among these is expert Jan Mulkens , preparing for his session “Enabling Citizen Data Science with Microsoft”. Jan shares he is most intrigued by “anything in the Govern track…as that's a part that often gets forgotten because you can get started with Power BI in less than 5 minutes.”   PUG: Please share a “golden nugget” attendees will take away from your session that is not found in the session agenda. Jan: People are still amazed at the fact that you don't need to know statistics to get decent result when you start practicing ...
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By now you've heard of Focus 2018.  Did you realize that by attending you will grow professionally, network with other Power BI users, experts, and Microsoft team members and most importantly, learn how to optimize your use of Power BI through Hands on Labs and deep-dive education?  Don't miss out - Register now. Power BI User Group (PUG) Member Jennifer McGuire is a Business Analyst at Strada Education Network and the Indianapolis User Group Leader. Read her welcome message below: Hello, As a local to the area, I believe Indianapolis is a great location for Focus because Indiana is known for Hoosier hospitality. I think attendees will find ...
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My name is Jennifer McGuire and I’m a Business Analyst at Strada Education Network and the Indianapolis User Group Leader.   The Power BI User Group (PUG) community inspires me because everyone is so willing to share their knowledge and expertise to help others succeed. Business Intelligence is an emerging area in many companies, so it's refreshing to have so many experienced BI users willing to share their insights. I also appreciate that PUG offers a forum for community members in all areas of BI programs — administrators, analysts, and business users —- to share ideas, lessons learned, success stories, and best practices.    As a local to ...
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​ “Through 2020, the number of citizen data scientists will grow five times faster than the number of expert data scientists.” Gartner 2018 Magic Quadrant.   The business intelligence and analytics space is overflowing with opportunities for professional and personal growth, and the Microsoft stack commands the market for these platforms. Certify 3.0 is the third installment of a three part series on certifying in analyzing and visualizing data with Microsoft Power BI. This webinar will leave no stone unturned in the final leg of the certification. It will pierce the Power BI service (web service) and take an in depth look at the full lifecycle of Power ...
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Time is ticking. Don’t miss out on your last chance to register for Data & BI Summit. From April 24-26, the Convention Centre in Dublin, Ireland, will be taken over by Business Analysts, Data Professionals & Power BI users from all over Europe. Register Now. Get Inspired by 80+ Sessions Data & BI Summit is packed with opportunities to help you learn and be your best through the digital transformation by gaining new understandings of your data and deepening your knowledge of the Microsoft Business Intelligence tools. At the moment, 81 Data & BI sessions have been announced within the conference schedule. A Closer Look at the ...
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We caught up with Focus speaker Mark Wilcock, traveling all the way from London to learn about his upcoming sessions – Inspiration to Power BI for the Business Person , Text Analytic Techniques and  Using R with Power BI  – and why he’s excited about heading to Indianapolis.   Please share a “golden nugget” attendees will take away from your sessions that is not found in the session agenda. During my talk on ‘Inspiration to Power BI for the Business person’, I will be showing the Q&A (natural language) features of Power BI which have improved a great deal recently and are now available in the Desktop as well as the Service. Aside from ...
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With two weeks to go, MVP speaker Erik Svensen is preparing for his presentations at Data & BI Summit , where he is one of 100 speakers delivering over 60 educational sessions. Erik is presenting two sessions, “Don’t Be Afraid of Advanced Query Editor” and “Visualise Your Dynamics Data in Power BI”, and shares why you should attend and how you can help out the experts. PUG: Please share a “golden nugget” attendees will take away from your session(s) that is not found in the session agenda. Erik: In my session “Don’t be afraid of the Advanced editor” I will tell you how you use parameters to control which columns should be included from SQL ...
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Data & BI Summit is just 18 days away! We caught up with PUG Leader, Data & BI Summit Track Chair, and MVP @Ted Pattison to find out what you should expect from the Develop track and how you can dive deep into PowerApps.  Tell us what attendees should expect from attending your PowerApps pre-conference session? Attendees can expect to get up and running with PowerApps and with PowerApps Studio. They will learn about the high-level architecture of PowerApps and how it integrates with other essential Microsoft services in the cloud such as SharePoint Online, Office 365, Power BI and Microsoft Flow. Attendees will also learn how apps built ...
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We spent some time with Focus Speaker and Data Platform MVP, Meagan Longoria to learn more about what we can expect during her sessions, “Documenting Your Power BI Models with Metadata You Already Have” and her hands-on lab, “Seven Design Concepts for Better Power BI Reports.” Join us at the event in Indianapolis, May 21-22 to attend these sessions. Please share a “golden nugget” attendees will take away from your sessions that is not found in the session agenda. In explanatory data visualization, good data viz isn't always shiny and complex. While our perceived effectiveness of a Power BI report is linked to how it makes us feel, at the end of the day our ...
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It’s proven that communities exist because of the relationships within. Even though it’s usually the content that brings you to an event like Data & BI Summit, the great experiences you will have are founded in the interactions with the community. From 24-26 April, the doors of the Convention Centre in Dublin will open for three days of Data & BI Summit . Join the community of nearly 350 Business Analysts, Data Professionals & Power BI users from all over Europe for this can’t miss conference: Register Now Hear it from your peers These days, there are many ways to consume information online, but nothing beats rubbing elbows and hearing ...
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Focus 2018 is just around the corner! We sat down with event speaker, Daniel Christian, MVP for Business Solutions and official blog writer of the PowerApps, Flow and Power BI community shared with us what we can expect during his Embedding PowerApps session at the event. Please share a “golden nugget” attendees will take away from your session that isn’t found in the description online.        As an early adopter of PowerApps I have learned several best practices from the Microsoft PowerApps engineering team itself which I will be sharing during this session.   What job roles will benefit from your session?      Power ...
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Congratulations to the Indianapolis PUG and the Karachi PUG on winning the two PUG Leader Challenges for April. They have both won tickets to either Data & BI Summit or Focus 2018. We spent some time with both of the leaders, Jennifer McGuire from Indy and Hasham Niaz and Farhan Ahmed from Karachi to learn more about their PUGs and what Makes them successful. What has been the most exciting thing for your PUG so far? Indianapolis:   The Indy PUG is getting restarted, so it is exciting to see the possibilities that the future holds for the group. I have partners and experts willing to share their knowledge with members, so I'm looking forward ...
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This month we sat down with new PUG Leader,  Dimitris Leimonis  get to know him. Dimitris recently launched a new PUG in  Athens.   Here is what we learned about him and the new Athens User Group.  If you don't see a local PUG in your area,  launch a new PUG .  1.What inspired you to want to start a new PUG in Athens?  I travel around EMEA, primarily London, Athens and Dubai, training and consulting people on financial modeling, financial planning, data analytics and business intelligence. I have seen some similar moves to create user communities in the financial modeling area in London and thought that such an action might work in Athens, where I primarily ...
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Analizando datos de texto con Power BI Es habitual analizar datos categoricos o numericos con Power BI, pero sabia que tambien se puede analizar datos de texto con Power BI? Recientemente estuve hacienda algunas pruebas con unos datos publicos de Twitter, y aqui les comparto brevemente lo conseguido. Una vez cargados mis datos (desde un fichero csv) en Power BI, he seleccionado la opcion  Edit Query Esta opcion abre el Query Editor, donde se puede llevar a cabo toda la transformacion de datos. La columna que contiene todos los textos de los twitters es la columna ‘Text’, y ese es el primer objetivo. Por tanto, lo primero que vamos a hacer ...
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With the rise of the Internet and all of the content that comes with that, it can be difficult to justify the time & effort it takes to travel to a conference. If you can look up industry information online and log into a webinar to learn about the newest trends, why bother heading to Data & BI Summit to expand your knowledge? Learning from other people’s experiences at a conference is the most effective way of getting up to speed with the latest developments and products. Luckily, Data & BI Summit has plenty of opportunities for you to do that! Hear it from your peers We’ve spoken with several users, MVP’s, partners and Microsoft within ...
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We all have unique needs when it comes to our jobs. It can be difficult to find ways to customize your education, but Focus, held May 21-24, 2018 in Indianapolis, provides just that! at!  Focus does things a little differently than our traditional conferences - It is split up into four, two-day mini-conferences. All Power BI, Microsoft Dynamics 365, AX, CRM and NAV users are invited to join their peers, Microsoft and technical experts in the "Crossroads of America" where you can pick and choose which Focus conference to attend, best suited to your skills and interests. Monday, May 21- Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Dynamics NAV User Group (NAVUG) ...
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Data & BI Summit is less then a month away ! In preparation for this event we sat down with Programming Committee Track Chair @Reza Rad to talk about how attendees can advance their visualisation skills and get the most out of the conference.  To you, why is community one of the top reasons to attend this conference? This is not an opportunity that happens every day, you get many international speakers, community speakers, MVPs, as well as Microsoft Product group coming to Dublin to present sessions. The quality of speakers, and content is something that you can’t easily find in other conferences. Instead of travelling to Seattle. This time they ...
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