Power BI has been getting a lot of attention recently, but it represents only the cloud platform of Microsoft's BI strategy. As clearly announced last fall, the other main platform, deployed on premises, is SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS). The release of SQL Server 2016 represents a major leap forward for SSRS. Join Jason and John as they welcome guest Riccardo Muti, from the SSRS team at Microsoft to discuss the past, present and future of this venerable BI tool.

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In this special edition of BIFocal we examine raw Twitter data in a number of different & exciting ways using Power BI. We welcome our friend Dave Feldman to the show and get the developer's perspective on how best to accomplish the task. To share insights into social engagement via Twitter we will leverage:

  • SharePoint Online
  • SQL Azure Databases
  • Microsoft Flow
  • Azure Stream Analytics
  • Visual Studio
  • Power BI

This will be a demo packed hour you won't want to miss!

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What is BI Focal?

For the past several years, Business Intelligence has been the #1 top ranked IT priority for CIOs and business leaders according to Gartner. It is a very exciting time to be in the BI space, with massive investments from Microsoft in their 2016 wave of products specifically focused on this area. Not only are there major product releases on the horizon, specifically SharePoint & SQL 2016, but Power BI continues to release updates, new features, and content packs on a very regular basis. 

Microsoft MVPs John White & Jason Himmelstein will attempt to keep you up to date on all of the latest and greatest BI changes every month. They will give some interesting tips & tricks, show fun features, bring on relevant guests, answer your questions, cover the News, and generally have a great time with this exciting topic.

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Select * from Reports on BI Focal

Aug 11, 2016

Power BI has been getting a lot of attention recently, but it represents only the cloud platform of Microsoft's BI strategy. As clearly announced last fall, the other main platform, deployed on premises, is SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS). The release of SQL Server 2016 represents a major leap forward for SSRS. Join Jason and John as they welcome guest Riccardo Muti, from the SSRS team at Microsoft to discuss the past, present and future of this venerable BI tool.

Select * Twitter Analytics on BI Focal

Jun 23, 2016

In this special edition of BIFocal we examine raw Twitter data in a number of different & exciting ways using Power BI. We welcome our friend Dave Feldman to the show and get the developer's perspective on how best to accomplish the task. To share insights into social engagement via Twitter we will leverage: SharePoint Online SQL Azure Databases Microsoft Flow Azure Stream Analytics Visual Studio Power BI This will be a demo packed hour you won't want to miss!

Select * The Super Model Show - SSAS, PowerPivot and Power BI in 2016 on BI Focal

May 19, 2016

The tabular data model introduced originally with PowerPivot has made its way everywhere into the Microsoft BI stack from Excel to Analysis Services to being the engine for Power BI. Join us on the next BI-Focal for an in-depth look at the data model. John and Jason will cover off the news of the month and then will be joined by Kasper de Jonge, Microsoft Program Manager in charge of the tabular model. We’ll cover topics such as: What is the tabular model all about? What’s the difference between a cube and a data model? How does it all work? Where does SharePoint fit in this new world? What do I need to learn to make it all work? Join us next time on BI Focal to find the answers to these and other questions.

Select * The Power BI Development Story

Apr 28, 2016

The excitement for Power BI continues to build. The driving force behind this is its ease of use, the from zero to insight speed. It's easy to overlook the fact that Power BI also has a strong development story too. Join Jason and John as they welcome special guest Ted Pattison of Critical Path Training to discuss the developer landscape in Power BI. Some of the topics that we’ll be discussing: What's significant about PBI as a dev platform vs the other BI products or SharePoint The Power BI API Power BI Embedded Azure Streaming analytics and machine learning Content Pack development As well as the latest news in the Microsoft BI world…..

Select * from On-Prem Where Version='2016' on BI Focal

Mar 24, 2016

Both SQL Server 2016 and SharePoint Server 2016 will be released very shortly. With the increased focus on Reporting Services as a reporting platform, and the removal of Excel Services from SharePoint big changes lie ahead for the BI workload in SharePoint. Two of the architects of this change will be joining Jason and John to discuss these changes and what they mean at the next BI Focal on March 24th at 1:30 PM Eastern. Submit quests early, or just join us to get the full scoop. We’ll see you there.

Select * from Stack on BI Focal

Feb 25, 2016

After the monthly News Update, Tips & Tricks, and What's New in Power BI, John & Jason explain the Microsoft BI stack & it's related technologies. They roll up their sleeves to dive into where each product can\should\will be best utilized in the business world of today. Highlighs on this episode: Anonymous publishing of Power BI Content Power BI Publisher for Microsoft Excel External dashboard sharing!

BI Focal, Episode #1 - Select * from Hosts

Jan 28, 2016

For the past several years, Business Intelligence has been the #1 top ranked IT priority for CIOs and business leaders according to Gartner. It is a very exciting time to be in the BI space, with massive investments from Microsoft in their 2016 wave of products specifically focused on this area. Not only are there major product releases on the horizon, specifically SharePoint & SQL 2016, but Power BI continues to release updates, new features, and content packs on a very regular basis. Microsoft MVPs John White & Jason Himmelstein will attempt to keep you up to date on all of the latest and greatest BI changes every month. They will give some interesting tips & tricks, show fun features, bring on relevant guests, answer your questions, cover the News, and generally have a great time with this exciting topic. During the course of the hour they will cover some fun BI Basics and give their perspective on what we might be able to expect in the Microsoft BI ecosystem over the next year.