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2-Day Applied Power BI Workshop – Atlanta

Are you looking for an agile self-service platform that doesn’t require reporting and query skills to get basic analytics done without reliance on IT?  Or, perhaps you’ve heard or evaluating Power BI but not sure where to start or how to take the most out of it? If so, this workshop is for you. A year ago Microsoft unveiled the new Power BI platform consisting of the PowerBI.com cloud service, Power BI Desktop, and Power BI Mobile. Since then, Prologika has helped organizations of all sizes to adopt Power BI. Packed with features, Power BI supports a dizzying variety of features and integration scenarios and it offers plenty to all types of users interested in data analytics: information workers, data analysts, BI pros, and developers.

Reserve your seat today to attend this insightful 2-day workshop for only $999 (use coupon POWERBI20160914 to get 10% discount when signing up two or more people) at the Microsoft Office in Alpharetta, when Teo Lachev (CEO of Prologika, a Power BI Red Carpet Partner) teaches you practical Power BI knowledge and data analytics skills that you can immediately apply to your job. See how Power BI can improve your usability and productivity even further.

Syllabus>>

Key Benefits

  • Understand how Power BI changed the way users (information workers, data analysts, BI pros, and developers) gain and share data insights.
  • Learn how to connect to popular cloud services to derive instant insights, create interactive reports and dashboards, and view them in the browser and on the go.
  • Discover how to integrate and transform data from virtually everywhere and then implement sophisticated self-service models and business calculations.
  • Find how to implement hybrid architectures and strict security requirements by leaving data on premise and deploying reports and dashboards to the cloud.
  • Learn how to share your BI artifacts and collaborate with other teammates.
  • Gain practical skills by creating a self-service model in the lab exercises.
  • Learn Power BI best practices, limitations (every tool has them) and workarounds.
  • Get your questions answered.
  • and much more…

You won’t want to miss this educational and engaging training event! Attend it and get a free paper copy of the book Applied Microsoft Power BI! Please register today as seating is limited.

Audience

  • Information workers
  • Business analysts
  • BI professionals
  • In general, anyone interested in self-service data analytics with Power BI

Prerequisites

Students are encouraged to bring their laptops for the exercises. Detail setup instructions and source files will be sent before the event.

Instructor

Teo Lachev is an internationally-recognized authority on Data Analytics and CEO of Prologika. Teo helps organizations make sense of their most valuable asset: their data. His strategy formulation, trusted advisory and mentoring, design and implementation services empower his clients to apply effectively data analytics in order to understand, improve, and transform their business. Teo has authored and coauthored several books and his latest one is “Applied Microsoft Power BI (Bring your data to life!)” He has been leading the Atlanta Microsoft Business Intelligence group since he founded it in 2010. Microsoft has recognized Teo’s expertise and contributions to the technical community by awarding him the prestigious Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Data Platform award since 2004.

Formulating a Power BI Enterprise Strategy Seminar – Atlanta


A year ago Microsoft unveiled the new Power BI platform consisting of the PowerBI.com cloud service, Power BI Desktop, and Power BI Mobile. Since then, Prologika has helped organizations of all sizes to plan and adopt Power BI. Packed with features, Power BI supports a dizzying variety of features and integration scenarios but it might be difficult to understand how Power BI fits in your data analytics ecosystem.

Join Prologika and Microsoft for a 3-hour free seminar on Wednesday, August 31th, 8:30 AM -12 PM ET, at the Microsoft Office in Alpharetta, when Teo Lachev (CEO of Prologika) and Brian Jackson (Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft) share practical knowledge and experience to help you to formulate a Power BI enterprise strategy. If you’re considering Power BI but you’re not sure how it fits within your organizational data strategy, this event is for you.

Key Takeaways

  • Understand how Power BI changed the way users (information workers, data analysts, BI pros, and developers) gain and share data insights.
  • Learn 10 areas where Power BI excels compared to other popular BI tools, such as Tableau, Qlik Sense, Sisense, Domo, and others.
  • Plan a data access strategy for:
    • Importing data
    • Connecting live to cloud sources with content packs and solution templates
    • Connecting live to on-premises data sources
    • Implementing real-time dashboards
    • Embedded reporting
    • Taking a deep dive to learn how Prologika designed and implemented a hybrid architecture solution for a Fortune 50 organization and meet security requirements that prevented exporting data to the cloud
  • Join in a discussion about other business use cases and gaps between Power BI and other BI products, and find how to address them. Get your questions answered.

You won’t want to miss this educational and engaging event! Please register today as seating is limited: http://prologika.com/event/formulating-a-power-bi-enterprise-strategy/

Agenda

8:30-9:00 – Networking and introductions

9:00-10:30 – How Power BI empowers businesses like yours

10:30-10:40 – Break

10:40-11:45 – Plan a data access strategy and go “under the hood” of a hybrid architecture case study

11:45-12:00 – Q&A

Presenters

Teo Lachev is an internationally-recognized authority on Data Analytics and CEO of Prologika. Teo helps organizations make sense of their most valuable asset: their data. His strategy formulation, trusted advisory and mentoring, design and implementation services empower his clients to apply effectively data analytics in order to understand, improve, and transform their business. Teo has authored and coauthored several books and his latest one is “Applied Microsoft Power BI (Bring your data to life!)” Prologika is a Microsoft Gold Partner in Data Analytics, demonstrating a “best-in-class” ability and commitment to meet Microsoft customers’ evolving needs and distinguishing itself within the top one percent of Microsoft’s partner ecosystem. Learn more at www.prologika.com.

Brian Jackson is a Microsoft Certified Architect and Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft. He has deep technical expertise in the SQL Server and Azure platform and served as a subject matter expert for Microsoft’s SQL Server Master and Business Intelligence certification programs. Brian has more than 20 years of experience in solution architecture and software development with a focus on business intelligence, data warehousing and database design. He has strong customer relationship skills with over 15 of years of IT consulting to several Fortune 500 companies and proven success in leading and delivering large scale implementations with globally distributed teams.

Improve your Power BI skills – Five days left to register!

Call/email us if you have any questions about the class. Registration closes on January 31st.

Join Teo Lachev as he presents his online Applied Power BI class. Power BI is a Microsoft cloud-hosted BI platform that opens BI to everyone without reliance on IT. And most of it is free! This class is designed for business users and data analysts. You’ll learn:

  • What is Power BI and why it’ll disrupt the way you analyze your business.
  • How to get instant insights from cloud services, such as Google Analytics, Dynamics CRM Online, Salesforce, and many others.
  • How to create sophisticated self-service data models whose features are on a par with models built by BI pros.
  • How to clean and shape dirty data.
  • How to create insightful interactive reports and dashboards.
  • How to share BI content with other users and view it on mobile devices.

No travel, no hotel expenses, just 100% content delivered right to your desktop! Our intensive online classes teach you the skills to master Microsoft BI to its fullest. Use the opportunity to ask questions and learn best practices. 

Applied Power BI Training in February

 

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NEW! Applied Power BI Online Training Class
Date: February 8 – February 9, 2016
Time: Noon – 4:00 pm EDT; 9 am – 1:00 pm PDT
Delivery: Online presentation with access to recorded content

8 hours for only $699
For more information or to register click here!

Online Applied Power BI Class Forming

 

Your 2016 resolution: bring your data to life! Don’t know where to start? I can help wherever you are! The first online run of Applied Power BI class is scheduled for early February. No travel, no hotel expenses, just 100% content delivered right to your desktop! Our intensive online classes teach you the skills to master Microsoft BI to its fullest. Use the opportunity to ask questions and learn best practices.

 

NEW! Applied Power BI Online Training Class
Date: February 8 – February 9, 2016
Time: Noon – 4:00 pm EDT; 9 am – 1:00 pm PDT
Delivery: Online presentation with access to recorded content

 

For more information or to register click here!

Power BI is a Microsoft cloud-hosted BI platform that opens BI to everyone without reliance on IT. And most of it is free! This class is designed for business users and data analysts. You’ll learn:

  • What is Power BI and why it’ll disrupt the way you analyze your business.
  • How to get instant insights from cloud services, such as Google Analytics, Dynamics CRM Online, Salesforce, and many others.
  • How to create sophisticated self-service data models whose features are on a par with models built by BI pros.
  • How to clean and shape dirty data.
  • How to create insightful interactive reports and dashboards.
  • How to share BI content with other users and view it on mobile devices.

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Applied Power BI Service Class Available

I’m happy to announce the availability of my latest training course – Applied Power BI Service. I believe that the new version of Power BI, known as Power BI Service or Power BI 2.0, is going to be very successful and it should warrant your serious interest. This one to two-day class is designed to help you become proficient with the Power BI Service and acquire the necessary skills to work with online and on-prem data, implement data models on a par with professional models created by BI pros, unlock the power of data by creating interactive reports and dashboards, and share insights with other users. No prior data modeling or reporting knowledge is assumed. Students are welcome to bring their own data to the second day of the class.

Applied Excel and Analysis Services e-Learning Course Available

BI solutions typically include a semantic layer. In Microsoft BI, the role of a semantic layer is fulfilled by Multidimensional cubes or Tabular models, whose virtues I extolled in this newsletter. If you invested in an SSAS model already, congratulations! You’ve done the lion’s share. But as you know, the next step is to train your business users and get them all excited about BI. This is not a simple task. And, if you plan to use Excel to offload reporting effort, the task is even more difficult because Excel is packed with BI features. This is why I put together a recorded e-learning “Applied Excel and Analysis Services” class. Having more than 5 hours of video content, the class sells for only $120 per student. And, if you use coupon PROLOGIKA-EXCEL-1 by end of October, you can get it for only $90.

To BI managers and BI developers: You’ve implemented an organizational Analysis Service model. Now you need to choose a tool for interactive data analytics and train your users. As you know, there is a proliferation of Business Intelligence tools on the market and each claims to solve your challenges. But the chances are that you already have what you need – Microsoft Excel. And, as far as the documentation goes, who has time to document all Excel BI features and demo them to users? I designed this class to help you empower your users and get them excited about BI with Excel and Power Pivot.

To business users: If your organization have Analysis Services Multidimensional cubes or Tabular models and you want to gain valuable insights from them, then this course is for you. Designed as a step-by-step tour, this course teaches you how to become a data analyst and unlock the hidden power of data. You’ll learn how to apply the Excel desktop BI capabilities to create versatile reports and dashboards for historical and trend analysis. You’ll learn also how to share your BI artifacts across the organization by publishing them to SharePoint. “I never knew Excel can do this” is the most common feedback we hear from our students.

The class curriculum and promo video is also available on the Prologika website.

Enjoy!

Applied BI Semantic Model Course Available

Due to the popular demand, I’m adding a new 5-day Applied BI Semantic Model training course to our training classes. This course reflects the growing need of BI developers to implement both Tabular and Multidimensional semantic models and acquire the necessary knowledge in a compressed educational format. I’m teaching this class for 30 developers next month alone.

Targeting BI developers, this intensive 5-day onsite class is designed to help you become proficient with Analysis Services and acquire the necessary skills to implement Tabular and Multidimensional models. Use the opportunity to ask questions and study best practices that will help you implement scalable and secure organizational models.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert

Just got myself upgraded from MCTIP BI (which retires on January 31st, 2014) to the new MCSE BI certification by passing the three required exams. Over the course of almost 20 years, I’ve managed to stay current and accumulate a healthy dose of certifications (some of them retired by now), including:

1996: Microsoft Certified Professional

1996: Microsoft Certified Solution Developer

2002: Microsoft Certified Application Developer

2003: Microsoft Certified Trainer

2006: Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist

2011: Microsoft Certified IT Professional

2013: Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate

2013: Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert

Some people doubt the benefits of certifications. True, having a certification might not be a true testament of skills or expertise just like someone who only reads or writes books is not a true practitioner. But as with anything in life, I believe that the more you put in, the more you get out. While it’s hard to measure the intangible benefits of certifications, articles, books, presentations, etc., I do believe that they contribute to the overall package and credibility. Despite the Microsoft Architect and Maestro sagas, I do think that a certification is an important differentiator (especially for consultants and fresh graduates) and something that makes you stand above the crowd. In my consulting career, sometimes I do come across RFPs that require or desire certifications and I like the fact that these customers acknowledge the certification effort. In addition, I like the fact that certifications keep me on the edge by forcing me to study and refresh my memory of product areas that I’ve forgotten or never used. Certifications are also required for achieving Microsoft partner competencies – another very important differentiating factor for consulting companies.

On the downside, while Microsoft has made a great effort to make the exams more engaging and practical (case studies, hot spots, drag and drop, etc.), you still have to adjust to the Microsoft exam mentality. This is how we want to you answer the question despite that it’s not quite clear what we are asking here or it doesn’t make a perfect sense to you. Syntax and step memorizing is another area of improvement. So are all these questions about obscure and unpopular techniques, such as SSAS remote partitions and linked objects. It will be great if the exams are actually written by practitioners as opposed to someone who probably scans Books Online to come up with elusive questions.

Meanwhile, here is my latest logo addition:

 

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Applied Analysis Services 2008 and PowerPivot Onsite Class

I am partnering with Data Education to deliver an intensive five-day onsite class on Analysis Services and PowerPivot. The class will be held September 19-23 at the Microsoft Technology Center in Boston. The class doesn’t assume any experience with Analysis Services. We’ll start from zero and build a multidimensional cube sharing along the way as many as best practices as possible. More information about the class and registration details is available here.