Where do people get stuck with Power BI?

​You’ve seen the visualizations and want to dive in–perhaps you were assigned the task. However you started with Power BI, chances are you might get stuck at some point. In this episode, we chat about strategies you can employ to help ensure success. Have a take on this? Hit us up on social media. We’d love to hear from you.

Episode Quotes

“The two groups I’ve run into a lot [are] people that either just, “okay, we think we want to do this, but there’s so many nooks and crannies to this tool,” and the people of, “oh no, we’ve already dove in and we realize that it isn’t a smooth gradient.””

“I think the big thing that I’ve learned from trying to learn and understand Power BI is that if you try to take an incrementalist approach, which works for T-SQL, you will fail.”

“I think it’s going to be very hard for them to change the path that they’re on, and so I expect that five years from now, this podcast is still going to be relevant.”

Listen to Learn

00:38     Intro to the team and topic
01:10     Compañero Shout-Outs
01:56     SQL Server in the News
04:50     Should SQL Data Partners do a Spanish podcast?
06:23     Two groups: the Lost and Confused and the Out-of-Control
09:33     For 80% of everything, “there’s a button for that”
11:48     You can’t learn Power BI incrementally like you can with T-SQL
14:48     Ideas for the boss, from a staffing perspective
15:53     SQL Data Partners is available to help when you get stuck
17:06     These issues are not likely to be fixed or improved on
20:17     Closing Thoughts


Music for SQL Server in the News by Mansardian

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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