• Dashboards for Execs: How To Build Successful Dashboards

    Santhana Ramaswamy of KLA will share everything you need to know about designing compelling dashboards that meet the needs of Silicon Valley executives. His talk is based on his first-hand experience at KLA, Synopsys, Encore Payment Systems, and Ryder. You'll learn: * Why you need dashboards * Common mistakes of dashboards * Steps to build useful dashboards * How to get traction and increase usage of dashboards * How to measure ROI on your dashboards Santhanakrishnan “Santhana” Ramaswamy is at KLA (formerly KLA-Tencor). He is a Business Intelligence architect with a proven track record in software development, data warehouse implementation, and predictive modeling. He has been involved with the tech industry across various domains, including SCM, CRM, and Finance. In his current role, Santhana is a liaison between BI developers and KLA’s executives, giving him a first-hand perspective on what data and presentation is truly useful to enterprise leadership. He has expertise in many BI technologies, and most recently has been focused on successful implementations of Power BI.

  • Overview of Microsoft Data Platform Offerings

    Microsoft Reactor

    Curious about all the Microsoft Data Platform offerings and how they fit together? Microsoft BI expert Tomas Polanco will explain all the tools and compare them using a matrix. Tomas will also demo some of the data platform technologies, such as pre-migration work, a tool to measure usage, and a multi-tool orchestration. Note: This meeting is on a MONDAY. You'll learn about: * A pre-data migration tool usage currently provided by Microsoft to migrate your data to the cloud * A comparison matrix table to help navigate the sea of information * Benefits and differences between the various data platform technologies Tomas Santandreu Polanco is a Microsoft BI expert with more than 20 years of experience in solution architecture and development. His focus is on Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, and Database Design. Tomas has been consulting for 19 years to many Fortune 500 companies. He has lead and delivered many large scale implementations. He formerly worked for Microsoft Consulting and currently works for DesignMind.

  • Bay Area Microsoft DataFest 2019: Advanced Analytics & Big Data Conference

    Please join us for the Bay Area Microsoft DataFest 2019. This is a community event featuring Big Data, IOT, and AI & ML Services on Azure.  You'll learn about architecting and solidifying your Data Platform and AI strategy. This is an exciting opportunity to meet, align strategies, and plan outcomes with Senior Data Leads/Managers, Executives, Data Scientist, Data Engineers, Analysts, Developers, and Data Evangelists. Event: 9:30 am-5:30 pm Happy Hour: 5:30 - 7:30 pm Cost $25 Register on Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bay-area-datafest-2019-advanced-analytics-big-data-conference-tickets-55909167826 You'll learn about: * The latest Microsoft Big Data/ML Latest Tools and Technologies * A Unified data platform using SQL Server 2019 (with Apache Spark and Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) for intelligence over all your data.) * Azure IOT, BOTS and Cognitive Services in action * Cutting Edge AL/ML research presented by the Microsoft Research Team * How to plan an End to End Data Strategy, Vision, and Architecture design

  • Using Power BI to Analyze SharePoint Forms and Workflow Data

    Learn how to build an end-to-end BI solution that unlocks the value of your SharePoint forms and workflow data. Afterward, you'll gain business insights by drilling down into collected forms/workflow data; filter by workflow, types, users, roles, and departments. Most data collection and BI implementations require deep technical knowledge, coding, and coordination with IT. Veteran BI expert Alex Viera will demonstrate how to bypass the technical hurdles and IT challenges. Alex will demonstrate and then build a complete BI solution; starting with provisioning a SharePoint form and workflow for data collection. He will then show how to use any BI tool to identify which forms/workflows yield the best business results, target those workflows that need improvement, and gain key business insight using PowerBI. You'll learn how to: *Build an end-to-end no-code BI solution with minimal IT involvement * Provision a SharePoint form and workflow for data collection * Use Power BI (or any BI tool) to identify which forms/workflows yield the best business results * Gain key business insight using Power BI Alex Viera is a Nintex Solutions Architect at PacificBPA.com

  • Power BI Premium: Performance Troubleshooting with Capacity Metrics

    Josh Vickery of Microsoft will give us an overview of the updated Power BI Premium Capacity Metrics app. In addition to covering some of the new features, Josh will discuss common performance challenges and explain how to identify and/resolve them, allowing you to get more out of your existing capacity. You will learn: * About the Capacity Metrics app, and how to install it in your environment * Common performance-sapping mistakes and how to identify them using the Capacity Metrics app * Performance patterns that can help ensure healthier Power BI Premium environments

  • Automating Power BI Creations

    Microsoft Reactor

    Since Power BI was released four years ago, Power BI, Office 365, and Azure have added significant automation capabilities. To stay informed, you need to learn about the most recent capabilities and what they mean to you. Angel Abundez will present a wide-ranging overview of the data refresh setups common to Power BI data sources, going from DIY to more advanced scenarios that need IT support. Whether you’re automating reports for your department or for the enterprise, there’s something here for you. You'll learn how to: * Set up your datasets in Excel and Power BI to be automated * Refresh data from files hosted on SharePoint, One Drive, and REST APIs (CSV, Excel, JSON, etc) * Pull data from on-premises and cloud data sources using the latest capabilities of Power Apps, the Power BI Service, and Azure * Automate your Power BI analysis in PowerBI.com, One Drive, or even your O365 mailbox * Work with cloud databases such as Amazon Redshift, Azure SQL DB, and Snowflake (now hosted in Azure or AWS) Speaker: Angel Abundez is VP Solutions Architecture at DesignMind

  • Power Platform World Tour - Silicon Valley

    1020 Enterprise Way

    The Power Platform World Tour is making a stop in Silicon Valley on February 19-20, 2019! This two-day event will cover technical content designed for the Citizen Developer, Technical, Business and the New User. Multiple Tracks will offer 24+ breakout sessions. The cost is $499. You can register with our local user group discount code: 2019PPWT100SV for $100 off. https://www.powerplatformworldtour.com/locations/silicon Here are just a few of the great speakers and topics: * Introduction to PowerApps - Audrie Gordon, Microsoft * Monitor Your Power BI Tenant – @Angel Abundez, UG Leader * Power BI for Finance - James Myers * Transform Your Business with Power Platform * Flowverload: The World's Greatest Introduction to Microsoft Flow! – Jon Levesque, Microsoft Senior PM * Making Sense of the Power BI Ecosystem – @Armando Lacerda Microsoft MVP * All About Dataflows – Josh Vickery, Technical Solutions Professional: BI and Visual Analytics, Microsoft Check out the full schedule here. https://www.powerplatformworldtour.com/locations/silicon

  • New Machine Learning Functionality Coming to Power BI

    In 2019, Microsoft is continuing its investment in Power BI and expanding analytics to self-service data storage and Machine Learning! William Brown of Microsoft will cover the new Dataflows functionality and see the Machine Learning features. These features are currently in Private Preview. He'll demo how you can solve data acquisition projects and allow end users to leverage the power of classification models. You'll learn: * How Microsoft is pushing PBI beyond pure analytics * How you can store and share key data across the organization safely and securely * How Machine Learning can be used by the masses * How Power BI and Azure data services will integrate William Brown has worked as a consultant, pre and post sales engineer, and in IT implementing analytics and reporting systems.

  • Holiday Party 2018

    Microsoft Reactor

    Let's get together and celebrate the holidays! This is a combined event for members of the following tech meetups in the San Francisco Bay Area. This party is hosted by Microsoft. You MUST sign up on Eventbrite! https://www.eventbrite.com/register?orderid=b00c039bf7f011e8825b12d022dba9e4&client_token=ece543fc3a054ba48990647bd2c424dd&eid=52889080664 1. San Francisco Azure Meetup 2. Bay.NET meetups, including San Francisco, Berkeley, and Mtn View 3. Microsoft Data Platform 4. Bay Area Microsoft BI 5. San Francisco Power BI 6. PAC IT Pros 7. F# meetup 8. Silicon Valley C# meetup There's a lot of overlap in these groups! Let's get together with old friends and make some new friends, too! We will have food, beer, and sodas and will have a handful of lightning talks -- 10 minutes at most -- about various topics. If you want to volunteer to GIVE a lightning, talk, e-mail Robin Shahan at [masked]

  • Enterprise Power BI: What’s New and What’s Coming

    Microsoft Reactor

    Josh Vickery is a Power BI engineer at Microsoft who works with some of the largest and most exciting Power BI environments. At this meeting, Josh will walk through some of the new and upcoming features and discuss how they’re changing the landscape of Power BI in the enterprise. Whether you’re new to Power BI or have been involved from the beginning, this will be a thought-provoking conversation about the evolving architecture and use-cases of new features like RDL in PBI, CDSA, XMLA endpoints, and more. Josh will also demo of some of the new features. You'll learn: * About the changing PBI architectural conversation (from reporting interface to central data broker) * New features that are driving Power BI into what some are calling PBI v3 (CDSA, RDL, XMLA) * How to position the new features in a diverse BI landscape including Tableau, PBIRS, Snowflake, SSAS, and SalesForce * How you can influence and drive new PBI patterns and architectures Josh Vickery is a Microsoft Technical Solutions Professional: BI and Visual Analytics. He helps customers harness the power of the Microsoft platform to unlock the potential of their data. From traditional tools such as SQL Server and Reporting Services to emerging technologies like Power BI and the Azure Data Services stack, he helps separate the signal from noise so the right people can make the right decision with the right data, at the right time.