Faster Insights to Data with Power BI Jump Start

Are you a power Excel user? If you're trying to make sense of ever-growing piles of data, and you're into data discovery, visualization, and collaboration, get ready for Power BI. Excel, always great for analyzing data, is now even more powerful with Power BI for Office 365. Join this Jump Start, and learn about the tools you need to provide faster data insights to your organization, including Power Query, Power Map, and natural language querying. This live, demo-rich session provides a full-day drilldown into Power BI features and capabilities, led by the team of Microsoft experts who own them.

Course Outline:

  • Introduction to Power BI
  • Drilldown on Data Discovery Using Power Query
  • The Data Stewardship Experience
  • Building Stellar Data Visualizations Using Power View
  • Building 3D Visualizations Using Power Map
  • Understand Power BI Sites and Mobile BI
  • Working with Natural Language Querying Using Q&A
  • Handling Data Management Gateway
  • Get Your Hands on Power BI
Instructor Team
Dandy Weyn | Microsoft Marketing Manager, Business Intelligence | @ilikesql
Dandy Weyn is a Senior Technical Product Manager in SQL Server and Business Intelligence at Microsoft. As content owner for Database and Business Intelligence tracks at major events, he focuses on the Data Platform, Data Visualization, and Data Discovery. Dandy has more than 20 years of experience in database technologies and has presented at many events. He also participates in the SQL Server community by actively being part of the Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) certification program and social media.
Michael Tejedor | Microsoft Senior ​Product Marketing Manager, Business Intelligence
Michael Tejedor is a Senior Product Manager on the Microsoft Business Intelligence team and is responsible for the BI workload across Microsoft. Prior to Microsoft, Michael held roles at both Crystal Decision and Business Objects, with experience in program management, competitive intelligence, and product management. When Michael isn't working on Microsoft Business Intelligence in Redmond, he is on the road engaging with customers across the world.
Matt Masson | Microsoft Senior Program Manager | @mattmasson
Matt Masson is a Senior Program Manager working with the SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) team. As a developer, Matt worked on many aspects of the SSIS product, including performance and overall user experience. He now focuses on end-to-end Enterprise Information Management (EIM) solutions, including Master Data Services (MDS), Data Quality Services (DQS), and other Microsoft data movement technologies. He is a frequent presenter at SQL conferences, and he blogs at and the SSIS Team Blog.
Adam Wilson | Microsoft Program Manager
Adam Wilson is a Senior Program Manager on the Microsoft Business Intelligence team, where he works on data modeling and visualization experiences for InfoNavigator. Previously, Adam helped deliver the first version of the Windows Azure DataMarket, which simplified the process of acquiring public domain and commercial third-party data for reporting and analytics.
​Majdi Badarin | Microsoft Principal Lead Program Manager
​Majdi Badarin is a Lead Principal Program Manager in the SQL Server team, with a focus on Enterprise Information Management and data movement technologies in Power BI. Majdi Joined Microsoft as a Program Manager in 2000, working in different groups, including DPG, Windows, Communication Sector, and Microsoft service, focusing on enterprise solution and service, shipping the following products: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 , Windows Server 2008, BPOS, Microsoft Services KM platform, and Power BI.
Matthew Roche | Microsoft Senior Program Manager
Matthew Roche is a Senior Program Manager on the SQL Server team at Microsoft, with a focus on Enterprise Information Management and Self-Service Information Management in Power BI.
Alex Kelly | Microsoft Program Manager | @pros599
Alex Kelly is a Program Manager on the Microsoft Business Intelligence team working on Power BI Mobile. He is a recent computer science graduate from Clemson University, and he has been working professionally with Business Intelligence and Mobile Platform Interactions for three years.
Ari Schorr | Microsoft Product Marketing Manager | @arbar13
Ari Schorr is on the Office and Office 365 Technical Product Marketing team at Microsoft that works closely with engineering on prioritizing and messaging features in the new versions of Office applications. Specifically, he is responsible for marketing Excel and Access. He spoke at SharePoint Conference 2012 and PASS Business Analytics Conference on Business Intelligence. He has been driving disclosure for project codename "GeoFlow" Preview for Excel and has demoed for press, analysts, and customers. He is excited to be getting the word out about GeoFlow and other self-service BI features in Excel.
Sandy Rivas | Microsoft Program Manager
​Sandy Rivas is a Program Manager for Power View in the SQL Server Business Intelligence/Visual Analytics team at Microsoft. At Microsoft for more than 15 years, Sandy has helped to ship six versions of Microsoft Office, working closely with a wide variety of Office products, such as Access, Excel, and SharePoint. Her real-world use of Power BI with her brother's business has given her a keen insight to the practical uses and value of self-service BI. Sandy has a passion for empowering customers to master their data through self-service business intelligence and data visualization resulting in better business decisions. Her practical experience and enthusiasm for the power, impact, and fun of Power BI is contagious!
Live Event Details
February 11, 2014
9:00am-5:00pm PST
What: Fast-paced live virtual session
Cost: Free
Audience: IT Pro

For data analysts, Excel power users, or anyone looking to turn their data into useful business information.