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Chris Webb & Jan Mulkens PBI talks followed by England vs Belgium WC Football

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England vs Belgium - Power BI & Football special

Chris Webb is an independent consultant specialising in Analysis Services, MDX, Power BI, Power Pivot and Power Query. He is the author of "Power Query for Power BI and Excel" and a co-author of "SQL Server Analysis Services 2012: The BISM Tabular Model",
"Expert Cube Development with SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services", and "MDX Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services 2005 and Hyperion Essbase". He blogs at

Title: Building custom data connectors for Power BI

Abstract: Custom data connectors allow you to extend Power BI so that it can connect to new data sources. In this session you'll learn how you can build custom data connectors by writing M code using the Power Query SDK in Visual Studio, and also how they can be tested and deployed. You will also see examples of how to implement common patterns such as connecting to web services and handling different forms of authentication such as OAuth2.

Jan Mulkens is a Microsoft Data Platform & Business Intelligence Consultant at Ordina Belgium. In his spare time, he is a co-founder of the Global Power BI virtual user group and speaker at conferences and local SQL Server user groups.

Automating Power BI Deployments
If you ever had to deploy or migrate Power BI, you know there's no out-of-the-box process provided by Microsoft. The manual workarounds we see in the field range from ok to problematic.
This does not fit at all with the DevOps mentality and there's a plethora of reasons to want to change this and actually do CI/CD for Power BI Projects.
In this session we'll go through a solution you can implement to fully automate the deployment of Power BI throughout environments from source control to Development up to Production.

At the end of the session, you'll have the tools and knowledge to adapt this process to your own environment.

Please note the early start of June's user group this is to accommodate the England vs Belgium World Cup group match kicking off at 7pm.


17:15 - 17:30 Networking & Registration
17:30-18:15 Chris Webb
18:15 - 19:00 Jan Mulkens
19:00 -19:30 - Q&A with Chris & Jan for those not interested in the match.
19:00 - 21:00 Pizza, Refreshments & a chance to network with England vs Belgium world cup match being shown on 4 screens.

Pizza & Beers :) provided by our sponsors Robert Walters BI