BI 101 - Analytically shiny and new: A guided tour of Microsoft’s Business Intelligence toys
Jason Himmelstein, MVP - Featured Speaker

Having trouble keeping up with all of the changes in the BI space around SharePoint & Office 365? Feel like every time you think you understand what is going on Microsoft pivots (pun intended) yet again? You are not alone.

Join Rackspace Microsoft MVP, Jason Himmelstein, for a journey through the Microsoft story around BI and how the latest changes are making it all more cohesive & something worth investing your time (and money) into. He will cover Power BI, what changes as a result of SQL Server 2016 for SharePoint, the Excel story, and help you understand the integration story with Office 365.

BI 102 - Power BI for Beginners
Christina Wheeler - Featured Speaker

In today’s world, the growth of data is increasing each day as so does the need for self-service business intelligence. Microsoft Power BI for O365 is a collection of powerful features that enables the ability to find and visualize data, share discoveries, and collaborate in intuitive ways.

As there are many roles with working with Power BI this session focuses on the capabilities and features targeted for the end user/report creator. If you work with Excel, you easily work with Power BI to turn data into decision-ready insights.

In this session, you will learn the basics of Power BI as well as demonstrate working with content packs beyond Excel.

BI 103 - What you should know about Power BI to deliver an incredible BI solution for your organization
Treb Gatte MVP,  - Featured Speaker

I’ll present a common business scenario, highlighting the undocumented IT Pro strategies needed for a successful implementation for both Cloud and Hybrid environments.

I’ll also demonstrate key Power BI functionality that sells the project to your management.

BI 104 - Business Intelligence - Does SharePoint Matter Anymore?
John White, MVP - Featured Speaker

SharePoint has long been Microsoft's platform for the delivery of Business and for dashboards on premises. Power BI on the other hand has emerged as the pre-eminent BI platform in the cloud. The release of SQL Server 2016 contains a vastly updated Reporting Services, which is Microsoft's stated platform for the delivery of reports on-premises, and SSRS Integrated mode is going away. Excel Services has moved away from SharePoint and into Office Online Server. So what role does SharePoint now play for BI? As always, it is an excellent integrating and dashboarding platform.

This session explores all of the ways that SharePoint, Power BI, Reporting Services and Office Online Server work together, both on-premises and in the cloud. Learn how to bring your Power BI reports to your SharePoint users quickly and efficiently, and learn how to report on your SharePoint data using Power BI. We will tie it all together.

BI 201 - Building Business Applications for Office 365/ SharePoint Online using Azure Machine Learning
Prashant G Bhoyar, MVP - Featured Speaker

Machine learning is a technique of data science that helps computers learn from existing data in order to forecast future behaviors, outcomes, and trends.

In this demo-driven session, we will cover the basics of the Azure Machine Learning and how we can leverage the Azure Machine Learning to implement the real-life business solutions in Office 365 / SharePoint Online.

You will learn:

  • What is Azure Machine Learning?
  • How to leverage Azure Machine Learning to implement the real-life business solutions in Office 365/ SharePoint Online?
BI 202 - How To Use Google Analytics With Power BI to Get Usage Statistics from an Intranet
Knut Relbe-Moe MVP,  - Featured Speaker

Google Analytics content pack for Power BI connects your Google Analytics through Power BI. You will get a Power BI dashboard and a set of Power BI reports that provide insights about your site traffic and user dimensions. You can use the dashboard and reports provided, or customize them to highlight the information you care most about. The data will be refreshed automatically once per day.

In this session we will look into how you can add google analytics to your SharePoint Intranet, and then get reports on which pages are most popular, which news are most popular and so on. 

This session will give you the foundation you need to get started with Google analytics in your Intranet.

BI 203 - Five key trends in Business Intelligence and how they will impact your organization
Treb Gatte MVP,  - Featured Speaker

Is your organization ready for the third BI wave? There are five key trends in Business Intelligence that are dramatically changing the way we approach reporting.

Join Treb as he takes you through each trend, the challenges resulting from the trend and recommended actions to take.

BI 204 - Power BI - What's the Fuss All About
John White, MVP - Featured Speaker

In less than two years, Power BI has gone from non-existent to being the pre-eminent tool for doing self-service analytics. Power BI is the tool that is allowing Microsoft to democratize Business Intelligence, bringing Power (BI) to the People.

This session is an introduction to what Power BI is, and how to work with it. We will demonstrate a number of its capabilities with real world examples. At the end of this session, you will be able to see how Power BI can help bring your data to life.