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Archive for July, 2015

Power BI Desktop Install Experience & Publish Feature!

Posted by denglishbi on July 23, 2015

Tomorrow is the official Power BI GA release for the “new” 2.0 version of Power BI.  With the new release there will be a new version of Power BI Desktop application (formerly known as Power BI Designer).  This application is already available to download and here is the quick walkthrough of the install as well as some sample pics of a file that gets published to the PowerBI.com site!

Install Experience







Are you ready?


Awesome! Game on:)


Version: 2.25.4095.554


With the new release of the application you can publish to PowerBI.com in the cloud and soon to on-premise Pyramid Analytics Server (not available yet, but hopefully very soon, maybe next month).  Just announced today was the strategic allegiance and collaboration of Pyramid Analytics along with Microsoft.


Power BI Desktop file created from IMDb data.


File published to PowerBI.com


Very cool.  There are a ton of new features and functionality in the new application.  Way too many to cover here, so check out the Power BI team blog.

Here are some good articles and resources to check out:

Announcing Power BI general availability coming July 24th

Power BI team blog (great content, examples, articles, announcements)

Power BI Community site

Microsoft Power BI Support

Training Resources (provided by Jen Underwood)

Enjoy and I would love to hear your feedback!

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PASS Business Analytics VC July Meeting–How to calculate ROI of analytics

Posted by denglishbi on July 21, 2015

The next PASS Business Analytics Virtual Chapter meeting is coming up on Thursday, July 23.  This month we welcome Othniel Denis and will learn about ROI calculations.PASS_BAVC_Logo_New_201502


July 23 – How to calculate ROI of analytics


Whether you’re performing business analytics with small data or big data every project needs to deliver ROI (Return on Investment). This session will focus on teaching participants the fundamentals of ROI calculations. We will include case studies, best practices and common pitfalls to avoid.

Bio – Othniel is currently Principal of Excellent Ones Consulting LLC. His firm provides training on finance, Microsoft Excel and creates financial models for businesses. He brings with him a background in finance, training, and information management systems. Prior to opening his own firm, Othniel spent his 13 years in finance at various organizations. His responsibilities included: building financial models, forecasting revenue, developing budgets and analyzing data to support strategic decisions.


This month we will also be giving away a $25 Amazon gift card as well!  You need to not only register for the event, but also attend in order to qualify for the give away.

If you are interested in speaking we are always looking for speakers, please leave a comment or send me an email at denglishbi@gmail.com

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