Microsoft Power BI: Redmond’s BI Stack Goes Mobile and Cloud

Microsoft Power BI: Redmond’s BI Stack Goes Mobile and Cloud

Microsoft’s Power BI is a new Office 365 cloud-hosted offering that stacks together Power Pivot, Power View, Power Query (formerly “Data Explorer”) and Power Map (formerly “GeoFlow”) along with SharePoint Online. Data visualizations are authored in Excel 2013 and can be viewed in a browser, or via tablet apps for Windows 8, Windows RT and even the iPad.

Speaker Andrew Brust, who covers Big Data and analytics for ZDNet and GigaOM Pro, recently published a Pluralsight course, “Excel: An Analytics Superhub,” which covers in-depth the various components that make up Power BI, so his interest in the product was strong even before it was revealed. To top it off, Andrew was among the first to be invited to preview Power BI and in this session he’ll show you all he’s learned.

Presenter: Andrew J. Brust, Blue Badge Insights

Andrew J. Brust is Founder and CEO of Blue Badge Insights and writes a blog for ZDNet called “Big on Data”. (http://www.zdnet.com/blog/big-data). Blue Badge Insights provides strategy and advisory services to Microsoft customers and partners. The company derives from Andrew’s background in application software development dating back to 1985, and his industry expertise in Microsoft technologies like .NET, SQL Server and Analysis Services. Andrew is co-author of “Programming Microsoft SQL Server 2012″ (Microsoft Press); an advisor to NYTECH, the New York Technology Council; serves as Microsoft Regional Director and MVP; is conference co-chair of Visual Studio Live!; and writes Visual Studio Magazine’s “Redmond Review” column.

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