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Ioana Bouariu

Ioana Bouariu

Senior BI Consultant @Amesto Insight

Oslo, Norway

Data & AI geek interested in AI, BI and everything data. Power BI non-admin. Programming & automation enthusiast. Co-pilot in a crew of 5.

Awards

  • Most Active Speaker 2023

Area of Expertise

  • Business & Management
  • Information & Communications Technology

Topics

  • Microsoft Power BI
  • SQL
  • PowerShell
  • Automation
  • Optimization
  • Microsoft Power platform
  • Data Platform
  • Databricks
  • Azure
  • Scrum
  • Project Management
  • Microsoft Data Platform
  • Power Platform
  • Power Automate
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Power Platform - Low Code
  • Power BI Dataflows
  • Power Platform Governance
  • Power Query
  • Power Apps
  • Microsoft Power Automate
  • Data Analytics
  • data engineering
  • Data Science
  • Data Visualization
  • Azure Data Factory
  • Azure Data & AI
  • Azure Data Lake
  • IoT
  • Home Automation
  • Data Science & AI
  • Azure SQL Database
  • Big Data
  • MicrosoftFabric
  • diversity
  • inclusion
  • Norway
  • Low Code
  • no code
  • Code
  • GreenOps
  • DataOps
  • DevOps
  • GitHub
  • Copilot
  • AI

How I Built My Control Tower: An End-to-End Solution in Microsoft Fabric on Home Automation Data

When I moved into my house, the first thing done was to get sensors everywhere: smart plugs, smart lights, smart car charger, a sophisticated ground heat exchanger - everything can be scheduled and controlled remotely. This also meant that, after a year, I'm sitting on about 26GB of data from everything being monitored! With energy prices on the rise, I had an epiphany - I am a data consultant after all - why not turn this into a control tower of insights? That's where Microsoft Fabric stepped into the picture. Microsoft's newest and coolest kid on the block, combining the best of Azure Data Factory, Azure Synapse Analytics and Power BI into one sleek package. That makes it the perfect space for building my home automation control tower!
In this session, I will show how I used it all to get valuable insights into my power consumption and to even to take action!

How on Earth Do You Balance It? Tips for Parents Who Work (A Lot) in Tech

Juggling life in the tech world with being a parent feels a bit like flying blind sometimes, doesn’t it? I get it. As a mom of three, trying to make my mark in meeting rooms where I often don't quite fit the "usual" image, I've had my fair share of turbulence. Come sit with me as I share my personal toolkit. The highs, the lows, and all the little tricks that have made the journey smoother for me.
What we'll talk about: We'll dive into blending tech and family life, making the most of automation and organization. We'll touch upon those days when balancing meetings and school pickups feels impossible and how setting clear boundaries can be a game changer. And, if you've ever felt the weight of implicit biases in tech being a parent, especially a mom, know you're not alone - we’ll chat about that too!
This session is for all the tech pros who wear the hat of a parent too. I aim to offer you a fresh way to look at things, some practical tips, and most importantly, the reassurance that you're not alone in this. By the end of this session, I hope you'll walk away with a bit more confidence, some handy strategies, and a renewed spirit to soar high in both your roles.

Down the rabbit hole we go: Monitoring Usage for Power BI

Understanding Power BI's usage is essential for encreasing it adoption in your organization. But how exactly do we keep tabs on whether and how our reports are being used? If you've got admin rights in Power BI or Fabric, we're diving into the tools and insights that are available to you in your environment.
Not a Power BI admin? No worries! We'll look into what usage metrics are available to you at the report and workspace levels.
And for those who love a good challenge, what about tracking report usage across different workspaces, or even multiple tenants, each with their own workspaces? I can show you how I've done it, blending PowerShell and Power BI.
So, are you in? Down the rabbit hole we go - let's dive into the nitty-gritty of monitoring Power BI usage together!

FabTools: the PowerShell Module for Microsoft Fabric

Navigating the ins and outs of Microsoft Fabric can be a bit daunting, right? That's why we came up with FabTools, a completely free, open-source and community-driven PowerShell module tailor-made for Microsoft Fabric and Power BI.
After this session, you'll know what's possible with automation. Whether you're looking to pause and resume your Fabric capacities, delve into tenant settings, quickly refresh your Fabric items or explore workspace users and user metrics, we've got you covered.
Whether you're an administrator prepping for Fabric, a data engineer or a Power BI developer, we'd love to show you the possibilities with FabTools.

Fabric Capacity on Demand

Struggling with the ups and downs of data demands in your Microsoft Fabric environment? In a world where every second counts and costs, with Microsoft Fabric on a pay-as-you-go basis, it makes sense to look for ways to reduce costs by aligning Fabric capacities with actual usage. Now, just imagine being able to pause and resume your Fabric capacity directly from Power BI, with just the push of a button…

In this session, we will look at what Fabric capacities are and where they reside, Fabric capacity pricing, how to purchase a capacity, how to scale up and down and re-assign workspaces to different capacities, where to see your actual costs and how to pause and resume a capacity. We'll also look see an example that allows you to control your Fabric capacity on demand, using Power BI, Power Automate, Azure Functions and more!

Audience:
This solution is especially valuable for businesses with fluctuating data processing needs or those looking to optimize their data analytics investments. Perfect for admins, data engineers, BI analysts, and cloud architects, this session is a gateway to mastering Fabric resource management in a data-driven landscape.

Key Takeaway:
Attendees will leave with practical knowledge, ready to implement an empowering and user-friendly solution that enhances efficiency and slashes costs in their Fabric infrastructure.

Power Up Your Power BI: Unlock the Magic of Automation with PowerShell and become a data wizard

Do you consider yourself a Power BI developer, but the thought of coding, PowerShell and cmdlets makes you freeze? Do you think that Power BI is a powerful tool, but feel like something is missing? Are you tired of spending hours manually publishing, updating and maintaining your Power BI reports? Want to add some fun and reduce errors, while you sit back and relax? The answer you seek is here. I'll show you how to harness the power of PowerShell to automate your Power BI workflow and take you out of your comfort zone.

In this session, I will take you through the journey of how to use PowerShell scripts to automate common Power BI tasks, from report deployments to data refreshes, parameter changes and security management. I'll show you how to navigate the "danger zone" of coding in PowerShell and take your Power BI game to the next level, even for those who are new to it. With some real life business use-cases that I've come across, you'll see how automation can simplify your daily Power BI tasks. Plus, you'll learn how to use the Power BI API to programmatically access and manipulate data in Power BI, allowing for even greater automation possibilities.
Let's Power up your Power BI, and add some magic to your Power BI journey with automation.

Attendees will leave the session with a solid understanding of how to automate Power BI with PowerShell, and will be equipped with the knowledge and tools to improve the efficiency and reliability of their own Power BI reports.
This is a valuable session for data engineers, data analysts and Power BI users who want to learn more about automating Power BI with PowerShell.

Power BI and beyond: User Adoption Strategies and Real-World Examples

Do you want to create Power BI solutions that actually get used and provide value to your clients? We've all been there: pouring our hearts and souls into designing the perfect BI solution for our clients, involving them every step of the way to ensure that the dashboards and visuals are exactly what they want. A few months after rolling it out, it's maybe being used by one or two, but it hasn't truly made a difference. It's all too common for a Power BI solution to gather dust on a digital shelf, no matter how much effort was put into its design and development. So how do we take it up a notch and get the end users to truly embrace Power BI as their go-to for data insights?

In this session, we'll explore strategies for improving Power BI user adoption in organizations, based on real-life examples from my experience as a BI consultant. We'll discuss common adoption challenges and how to overcome them, as well as best practices for integrating Power BI into clients' daily work processes. You'll come away with practical tips and techniques for improving user engagement, increasing data literacy, and creating a culture of data-driven decision making.

Key Takeaways:
Strategies for improving Power BI adoption in client organizations
Best practices for integrating Power BI into clients' daily work processes
Practical tips and techniques for improving user engagement and increasing data literacy
Real-life examples of successful Power BI adoption strategies

Audience:
This session is for data professionals who work with Power BI and want to improve user adoption in their client organizations, whether you're a consultant, developer, or data analyst.

Benefits:
By attending this session, you'll learn how to get your Power BI solutions actually get used in organisations and provide value to your clients. You'll gain insights into common adoption challenges and how to overcome them, and you'll come away with practical tips and techniques for improving user engagement, increasing data literacy, and creating a culture of data-driven decision making. With this knowledge, you'll be better equipped to deliver successful Power BI projects that truly make a difference.

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Ioana Bouariu

Senior BI Consultant @Amesto Insight

Oslo, Norway