Thanks for Attending PASS Business Analytics Day–Chicago

A big THANK YOU for all those who attended the Business Analytics Day in Chicago this week.  It was a very successful and well-attended event.  Thank you to Angie Horel, Jessica Minnie, Wendy Pastrick and Dan English for heading-up a terrific event.  We had a packed house for the Mastering Power BI session and a diverse audience across roles and experiences with the tools.  I’ve presented several Power BI sessions over the past two years or so and this one has prompted me to share a few thoughts.

I think we’ve arrived at a point where these tools (Power BI Desktop, Power Query, Power Pivot nd SSAS Tabular) are already familiar to most people attending sessions.  This marks a significant point in the on-going evolution of the Power BI tool set where people are taking it very seriously and the industry has accepted it as a serious solution platform.

My approach up to this point has been to deliver one session to students and attendees with various levels of skills and experience, advising them to set their expectations accordingly.  With the median skill level on the rise, it is time to start offering classes and sessions at different levels for beginners and more advanced audiences.  Power BI already appeals to users across the spectrum of business-centric and IT-centric disciplines.  As a platform with features for novice desktop users and advanced solution integrators, Power BI now spans more depth and breadth than any other Microsoft product in my experience.  With this realization, I’m expanding my approach for teaching and mentoring by developing training material for different levels and audiences.  I’m in the process of developing a three-day Power BI course with beginner and advanced-level options along with some help from other Power BI technology experts.

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