SQL Trail Recap & Buying Power BI

SQL Trail continues to be an experiment in the making and year three proved no different. Eugene joined us this year and we discuss some of the changes, how the vision has changed for the conference and what the future will hold for our event. While there is plenty to be excited about with our event, we couldn’t help ourselves and get into a discussion about Power BI and purchasing options.

Episode Quotes

“I will say that I was pleasantly surprised, which sounds like a back-handed compliment, but it isn’t, I swear.”

“We’ll put it together, and of course those who are interested that want to come and see, we’d still love to have you, but we just recognize that it seems to cater more for the local folks.”

“I think nobody in their right mind is going to be consuming Power BI reports through Power BI Desktop. And that’s not a criticism against people, but just the fact that it’s not really designed for that.”

“You’re going to get Power BI Pro and pay $10 per user per month, and that gives you the vast majority of features and functionality with Power BI. That’s going to be the most common solution in a majority of cases.

Listen to Learn

00:38     Intro to the team & topic
02:28     Management Studio has a Schema Change Report
04:38     Why our SQL Trail conference was started
07:32     Building “conversation triumphs content” into the culture
11:04     Social media idea and why the venue is great
13:12     Scheduling is a challenge, especially in conference season
14:27     Thoughts on some of the favorite sessions
17:07     A little bit of information on buying Power BI
19:05     Licensing Power BI can be a little confusing
20:27     Do you need to be using Office 365?
21:48     All the frustrating options and you still pay more for report creation
24:49     Closing Thoughts

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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