Power BI Implementation Models for Enterprises Part 3: Cloud Friendly Clients

I've been writing a series on Power BI Implementation Models for Enterprises for https://tekkigurus.com.

Part 3 that covers what I consider Cloud Friendly Clients is now published:

https://www.tekkigurus.com/power-bi-implementation-models-part-3-cloud-friendly-clients/

Enjoy !

Fabric Down Under show 7 with guest Philip Seamark now available!

Once again, I had the great pleasure to record a Fabric Down Under podcast. This time it was with a fellow "Down Under" guest Philip Seamark, from across the "ditch" (as we both call it) in New Zealand.

Phil is a member of the Fabric Customer Advisory Team and works as a DAX and Data modelling specialist.

He gets involved when enterprise customers need deeper technical support.

In this show, I discuss Phil's thoughts on Direct Lake which is one of the very new options that came with Microsoft Fabric. It adds another mode to Power BI, in addition to Import and Direct Query modes that have been there previously.

You'll find this show, along with the previous shows at: https://podcast.fabricdownunder.com

Power BI Implementation Models for Enterprises Part 2: Cloud Native Clients

I've been writing a series on Power BI Implementation Models for Enterprises for https://tekkigurus.com.

Part 2 that covers what I consider Cloud Native Clients is now published:

https://www.tekkigurus.com/power-bi-implementation-models-for-enterprises-part-2-cloud-native-clients/

Enjoy !

Fabric Down Under show 6 with guest Paul Turley now available!

Once again, I had the great pleasure to record a Fabric Down Under podcast with a fellow long-term Microsoft Data Platform MVP. This time it was someone I have known for a long time: Paul Turley.

Paul is a director at 3Cloud and a Microsoft MVP. Paul has an amazing level of experience with business intelligence projects and has also worked with Microsoft Fabric since it was just a twinkle in Microsoft's eye.

In this show, I discuss Paul's experiences so far, with starting to move customer projects across to Microsoft Fabric. Now that the product reached General Availability a few months ago, this is very timely information.

You'll find this show, along with the previous shows at: https://podcast.fabricdownunder.com

Fabric Down Under show 5 with guest Reid Havens now available!

I had the great pleasure to record a Fabric Down Under podcast with Microsoft MVP Reid Havens the other day.

Reid is theĀ founder of Havens Consulting Inc. and a Microsoft MVP, and a seasoned professional with a wealth of experience in technology, organizational management, and business analytics. Reid teaches Business Intelligence, reporting, and data visualization, and that's what I wanted to talk to him about.

Reid is the founder of Havens Consulting Inc. and a Microsoft MVP. Reid isĀ  a seasoned professional with a wealth of experience in technology, organizational management, and business analytics. Reid has a Master's Degree in Organizational Development and a background in consulting for Fortune 10, 50, and 500 companies.

In addition to his corporate experience, Reid is also a highly sought-after instructor, teaching Business Intelligence, reporting, and data visualization, and that's what I wanted to talk to him about in the show.

You'll find this show, along with the previous shows at: https://podcast.fabricdownunder.com

Data Science Summit (Poland) 2023 – Early Bird Discounts now

One of the conferences that I enjoy speaking at each year is the Data Science Summit that comes out of Warsaw.

Once again, the speaker lineup looks excellent, and there are early bird discounts available now. I'm always amazed at how low cost these Eastern European conferences are.

https://dssconf.pl/user.html?lang=en#!/login

Book Review: Pro Power BI Architecture

I was pleased to see Reza Rad's latest book Pro Power BI Architecture: Development, Deployment, Sharing, and Security for Microsoft Power BI Solutions: Rad, Reza: 9781484295373: Amazon.com: Books now out the door. Reza is an old friend, fellow Data Platform MVP, and fellow member of the Microsoft Regional Director program.

I was pleased to have been a technical reviewer for this book, and I hope that, along with the other reviewers, we have improved what was already a good book.

Not Just an Update

This is version 2 of the book that Reza produced in 2019 but it is not a book with minor updates. Most of the book is rewritten.

Reza is a book-writing machine. In this book, he has covered so very many aspects of architecture for Power BI. He has provided an emphasis on reliability and ease of maintenance. In particular, I was pleased to see a discussion on environments as that's often omitted in Power BI related books. And a discussion on how to save money by using the right licensing. Once again, that's a topic that's often not discussed.

Target Audience and Style

The book is really for anyone who needs to build Power BI reports (often analysts and developers), but with a view to the bigger picture of how to structure a project so it continues to be usable as it (or the team) grows in size.

I like Reza's conversational style and it shines out in his writing. When I read it, I often feel like I'm sitting in a room listening to him talk. That's a tough skill and Reza does it effortlessly.

Summary

Great book and well-written

8 out of 10

 

Fabric Down Under show 2 with guest Josh Caplan discussing OneLake

I had the great pleasure to get to spend time today, talking with Josh Caplan about OneLake.

Josh Caplan serves as a Principal Group Product Manager at Microsoft, where he's now leading product management for Microsoft OneLake. He has a strong background in managing products like Power BI, SQL Server Analysis Servers, and Azure Analysis Services. Before his current role, Josh contributed to enhancing developer tools for Power BI and worked with Bing to harness its vast data resources.

OneLake is a foundational aspect of all things Fabric.

In the show, Josh provides a solid introduction to OneLake, and then we delved into many aspects of how it works, and what it means for organizations.

You'll find it here: https://fabricdownunder.com

I hope you find it useful.

Announcing the Fabric Down Under podcast – Show 1 available now

I've mentioned in a previous post how important I think Microsoft Fabric is going to be.

So, in addition to our existing SQL Down Under, and Cosmos Down Under podcasts, we have a brand new podcast called Fabric Down Under.

In the preview for Microsoft Fabric, one of the key participants from the product group has been Pawel Potasinski. I've known Pawel for many years and he's been the driving force behind many important things. It was great to see him driving community around Microsoft Fabric in preview.

So he was the obvious choice for the first podcast in the series.

I hope you enjoy it. You'll find all the shows and details on subscribing at our site: https://fabricdownunder.com

MS Tech Summit 2023 – Discounts running out

We have so many great tech friends in Poland. I was pleased to see they are running the MS Tech Summit, and pleased to be speaking at it.

Looks like a great set of sessions : https://mstechsummit.pl/en/ They tell me there are more than 100 sessions spread over 8 tracks.

Not in Poland? Not a problem. It's running in-person and online, and with video on demand.

The early bird discount is still available but about to end.

Love to speak with you at the summit.