Power BI

In this episode of the SQL Data Partners podcast I sit with Patrick LeBlanc during SQL Saturday RVA. We chat about Microsoft PowerBI. PowerBI is a business intelligence tool that easily connects disparate data sources to create dashboards. Patrick answers my questions about the application and also explains why he thinks that PowerBI has grown in popularity so quickly.

He reveals what he knows about PowerBI and the Microsoft data stack, such as:

  • the latest free features of PowerBI
  • how organizations are using the free version to get results
  • the security features of PowerBI pro you don’t want to ignore
  • what to do BEFORE you download PowerBI Desktop
  • when PowerBI isn’t the best solution for your organization

Finally, Patrick unveils the underrated Microsoft tool he swears by and the superpower that drives his kids crazy.

Our Guest

Patrick LeBlanc

Patrick LeBlanc is a Data Platforms Solution Architect and Technology Solutions Professional at Microsoft. He speaks and trains regularly on data virtualization topics at SQL Saturday events and on Microsoft Virtual Academy. He’s also contributed to several books on business intelligence topics: Applied Microsoft Business Intelligence and Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Bible. He’s a father of two out of Alpharetta, Georgia.

Meet the Hosts

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Carlos Chacon

With more than 10 years of working with SQL Server, Carlos helps businesses ensure their SQL Server environments meet their users’ expectations. He can provide insights on performance, migrations, and disaster recovery. He is also active in the SQL Server community and regularly speaks at user group meetings and conferences. He helps support the free database monitoring tool found at databasehealth.com and provides training through SQL Trail events.

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Eugene Meidinger

Eugene works as an independent BI consultant and Pluralsight author, specializing in Power BI and the Azure Data Platform. He has been working with data for over 8 years and speaks regularly at user groups and conferences. He also helps run the GroupBy online conference.

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Kevin Feasel

Kevin is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and proprietor of Catallaxy Services, LLC, where he specializes in T-SQL development, machine learning, and pulling rabbits out of hats on demand. He is the lead contributor to Curated SQL, president of the Triangle Area SQL Server Users Group, and author of the books PolyBase Revealed (Apress, 2020) and Finding Ghosts in Your Data: Anomaly Detection Techniques with Examples in Python (Apress, 2022). A resident of Durham, North Carolina, he can be found cycling the trails along the triangle whenever the weather's nice enough.

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