Interviews from PASS Summit 2018: Matthew Roche, Matt Masson, Adam Saxton & Patrick LeBlanc

I had a chance to catch up with two of the three Matts from the Power BI product team at…

Data Model Options for Power BI Solutions

At the heart of every a Business Intelligence reporting solution is a data model, to optimize queries and enable ad hoc report interactions. Data modeling technology has evolved quite a lot over the past 20 years or so. You have several choices and options depending on the simplicity or formality of your project, and factors like data size and security. In the past, choices were simpler. Power BI was the choice for smallish, “good enough” projects and when data quality, high volume and exactness were the priority, SSAS was the better choice. Now, using Power BI for modelling larger data sets is even advantageous with new features like hybrid models, aggregations and incremental data refresh.
I’ve been a quest to find the best medium to break these choices down into simple terms but it truly is a journey and not a destination.

Interviews with Microsoft Data Community Speakers and Leaders

What is the key to advancing your career in the Microsoft data platform? Here is some advice from some of the most successful people in the industry…
Every year we have some big community events that bring together community leaders from all over. These are international user group and community leaders who write books and speak at conferences. we had our local Oregon SQL Saturday “SQL Train” which is a chartered train – some coaches that one of our speaker’s chartered to bring all of our speakers and attendees up to the PASS summit after Oregon SQL Saturday, and then the big PASS summit (the big conference up in Seattle). I had a chance to sit down with a number of our speakers, community leaders and attendees and just ask questions about what brought them there, and advice that they would give people in the industry about how to get the most value out of that experience …and this is what they said:

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