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  • 1.  Welcome!

    Silver Contributor
    Posted Mar 22, 2018 06:04 PM
    Hello Everyone and Welcome to our group!

    Let's get to know each other- What do you do, what part of the world you're in, and what's a cool project you are working on?


    Liz Amador
    Senior Data Analyst
    SLC UT

  • 2.  RE: Welcome!

    Silver Contributor
    Posted Mar 22, 2018 06:07 PM
    I'll start :) I'm Liz from Utah, I'm working on a model to predict students who cheat on exams.....before it happens. :)

    Liz Amador
    Senior Data Analyst
    Western Governors University
    SLC UT

    Women in Power BI Group Leader

  • 3.  RE: Welcome!

    Posted Mar 23, 2018 04:02 AM
    Hello everyone :) I'm Didem from Turkey. Currently working on several different types of reports and some of them are power bi reports. This is very exciting that we have a user group to share our  knowledge and experiences..

    didem bakir
    business intelligence specialist
    renaissance holding

  • 4.  RE: Welcome!

    Posted Mar 23, 2018 10:16 AM
    I'm from Phoenix, Az. Last weekend I presented at the Phoenix SQL Saturday about "Power BI: The Magic of M Query", wearing a Power BI dress that I designed and sewed.

    Andrea Letourneau
    BI Consultant

  • 5.  RE: Welcome!

    Top Contributor
    Posted Mar 23, 2018 02:06 PM
    Hello from PDX!

    I never know what to call myself, but I work with data, pretty much end to end.
    Building data marts/warehouses, ETL processes to fill them up, data modeling, reporting, visualization, and analysis.

    My background is actually in accounting, but I made a career change about 5 years ago to focus more on data technologies. I got so frustrated with trying to use crappy canned reports, that I vowed to learn how to get my hands on the data directly.

    This is my second Power BI implementation, and just added my 175th user the other day.
    Getting ready to build out a comprehensive Operational Data Store with Power BI Report Server.


    Audrey Abbey
    SR. BI Developer/Analyst
    New Seasons Market
    Portland OR

  • 6.  RE: Welcome!

    Bronze Contributor
    Posted Mar 23, 2018 04:19 PM

    Hello from Austin, Texas!

    I called myself "Data Analyst/BI Developer" when I began this job (about a year and a half ago). But we haven't actually gotten to much of the Data Analyst part.

    I have walked into a company with 13 years of data in a Dynamics GP database, along with some other applications, but not much of an idea what to do with all this data.

    There are people whose full-time jobs are to ask IT for reports, export the reports, cut and paste fields and columns from the reports into a new Excel file, and modify things and move them around until the data is presented in the way their manager wants to see it, and distribute that output. And the next month, or next quarter, do it all again.


    I am pleased to be working for a CFO who wants all the data in all those reports in real-time, on demand, displayed on easily available, interactive reports. He is working on the other C-level and director-level execs to get them on board, and they are all getting excited about the dashboard and reports I am creating (they are not so excited about the data models behind them - not realizing that's where the magic happens!). I am also discovering a lot of what I call "tribal knowledge" that people "just know". It just lives in their heads. "Which warehouses are the ones to be reported on this particular report for this region?" You just know them and type in the list when you program the report. When the list changes you better remember every query you put that hard-coded list in, to revisit and add to it. Unacceptable in my way of doing business!

    So now I am realizing that we have a Master Data Management and Managed Self-Service BI nightmare coming, and I'm the only one who can see it. And I want to be the one to solve it. I have no MDM experience, so will likely be reaching out to you ladies from time to time.

    There are also few women in high positions in this old and old-fashioned organization, outside of Communications, HR, and Accounting. They are not knowingly, deliberately sexist - but they really don't know what I do, or what I can do, or what I should be doing. They tend to think that they just tell me "give me a report with these things on it, arranged this way," blah blah and that my job is to simply produce what they said - like typing.

    It will be an exciting, but anxiety-provoking, process to educate them on moving to a data culture.

    Judy Blackshear
    Data Analyst / Business Intelligence
    Texas Electric Cooperatives
    Austin TX

  • 7.  RE: Welcome!

    Posted Mar 26, 2018 09:07 AM
    Welcome to the group!

    As a woman with 20+ years of IT experience, with lots of data and reporting, it has been very rare for anyone to "know" or explain, what I do. Fun times!

    I will say, nothing fights gender bias like results, and it sounds like you are well on your way to some killer results for your company. I still have approximately weekly conversations about why I am not hard-coding reports that can be dynamic and data-driven, so it never ends, but it does get better.

    Welcome and good luck!

    Rebeccah Grimes
    Greenville SC
    864 678 5693

  • 8.  RE: Welcome!

    Posted Mar 26, 2018 08:20 AM
    Hello from Raleigh!

    I've been a computer geek from the very first time I touched a TRS-80, and knew then that was my path. Then some years later,  I was working in Dallas when my boss asked if I'd like to go on a field trip with her to 'see this thing called the internet' which was running at a lab downtown.  Fast forward a few more years, and I'm off to the west coast for the dot-com gold rush.  And then, when the dot-bomb crash hits, I pulled into the safety of Gov work in Sacramento (and, found out that I loved the Gov space).

    All along the way, I've been in app dev / project mgt, but with heavy use of data / queries for decision making.   I've been back in Raleigh for five years, and I've just moved over to a new job that is more involved in BI and with it, the opportunity to learn Power BI.   I'm very excited.

    I have to say my first few BI project attempts are leaving me scratching my head at a few things, trying to figure out the 'how do I do X?' questions which seem like they should be simple (the Bing map, being one example - bubble sizes).  So I very much appreciate having these forums available for assistance, and promise to give back and help other newbies in the future.

    One of my biggest challenges so far is that I need to present to people that won't have BI installed so I've been exporting to PowerPoint a lot and that makes me sad because I lose so much of the interactivity.   I'm really hoping that an ability to view a Dashboard as a web page feature eventually comes out.



    Carol Feehan
    IT Business Systems Analyst
    Raleigh NC

  • 9.  RE: Welcome!

    Bronze Contributor
    Posted Mar 30, 2018 05:33 AM
    ​Hi all, I work since 2006 on BI first and Analytics now. I have a lot of experience on the classic SQL Suite SSIS, SSAS, SSRS, SharePoint PerformancePoint and in the last year I approached PowerBi with a lot of enthusiasm and interest. I think it's a very powerful tool but I think it could be still improved, so I think networking, by sharing experiences, is the best way to list possible improvements and send them to Microsoft team!

    Nicolina Di Caprio
    Bi data architect

  • 10.  RE: Welcome!

    Posted Jan 15, 2019 07:18 AM
    Hello from Turkey,Istanbul,

    I am working as Marketing Analyst in Construction Industry.

    Happy to be here:)

    Ebru Cömert
    Marketing Analyst

  • 11.  RE: Welcome!

    Silver Contributor
    Posted Mar 08, 2019 09:34 AM
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    Hello Ladies,

    I started learning Power BI about two years ago when I got frustrated with the existing (lack of) tools to help my boss and my team see their own sales metrics. The Salesforce.com reports were (are) so cumbersome, so I "discovered" Power Query and then somehow wandered into a link for Power BI. Once my boss understood what I created, he approved subscriptions for the entire Sales Engineering team (I think Microsoft owes me lunch, or at least a coffee!).

    As a side project, I created a PBI report to track the native plants on my acreage (bloom time and color, soil requirements, deer habitat, host for what butterfly, etc). Of course, the most difficult part is collecting the raw data from any organized, consistent format, as I have yet to find an online flower database that allows visitors to export their searches.

    I look forward to working on some projects with you!

    Michelle Haynes
    Sales Project Coordinator
    BlackBerry | Cylance
    Whitewright, TX

  • 12.  RE: Welcome!

    Silver Contributor
    Posted Mar 08, 2019 02:13 PM
    This sounds exactly like me! Salesforce frustrations to PowerBI, then all the sudden everyone is trying to learn this new tool.

    That is so cool with your plants! My son and I have been using an app to track wildlife in our backyard and see what our neighborhood is collecting.

    Liz Amador
    Group Leader, Women in Power BI User Group
    Senior Data Analyst, Western Governors University