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Nicky van Vroenhoven

Nicky van Vroenhoven

Unit Lead Power BI

's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands


Nicky van Vroenhoven is a BI professional focused at the Microsoft stack and a Data Platform MVP. He mainly works with Power BI, Power Platform and T-SQL. Nicky started working with SQL Server and SSIS in 2005 in the DWH space, and later moved from Power Pivot to Power BI. After working 10 years in BI-consultancy jobs in several industries and companies, he worked for 5 years as a Power BI Administrator at a wealth management bank, and he is currently working as Unit Lead Fabric/Power BI at Powerdobs in The Netherlands.
Nicky has spoken at several User Groups and conferences including SQL Saturday Events, the Power BI World Tour, SQLBits and the Fabric Community Conference. In addition he enjoys tweeting and blogging about topics like Power BI and Power Platform at
In his spare time Nicky likes to go running, play chess or try to improve his Rubik's cube record. He is also a husband, father of 3 and a (former) ballroom dancer.


Area of Expertise

  • Finance & Banking
  • Health & Medical


  • Microsoft Power BI
  • sql server
  • Microsoft Power platform
  • Power Apps
  • Power Query
  • Power Automate (Flow)
  • Power Platform Governance

A Day In The Life Of A(n Accidental) Fabric Administrator

Do you know your way around Power BI Desktop, but don't know what happens beyond it, or what has to be managed in the Service?
Do you have the privilege, as an IT Admin or Global Administrator, to "also take care of Fabric"?
Did you just receive the responsibility for some, or even all, Fabric Administrator tasks? And what about all the (new) Fabric workloads?
Do you also not know what the Power Platform (management) truly encompasses?

If you answer Yes to any of the questions above, this session is for you!
And did you know a Fabric Premium Capacity is not a switch you turn on and just walk away from. It's like heating tomato soup in the microwave: if you don't pay attention, it becomes a mess very quickly. :-)

In this session, we will take a look at tasks and components that can (or should!) be part of a Fabric Admin's daily routine.
- The changed role of the Fabric Admin
- Tenant settings
- Handling (My) Workspace(s)
- Capacity and Admin Monitoring
- Power Platform Admin Center

I will also show how you can extend the Admin Monitoring semantic model to get a grip on the usage of your Pro licenses.

When you start applying the tips and tricks of this session, you will get a grip on your Fabric tenant and have happier users!

Making The Most Out of The Power Platform

Are you looking to empower your users with the ability to refresh the Power BI dataset directly from within a report? Do you need the capability to edit your data seamlessly in a Power BI report? Would you like to ensure that your Power BI dataset refreshes automatically as soon as the connected dataflow is updated?

Now you can achieve all this with the integration of Power BI, Power Apps, and Power Automate!

Join us in this live demo session, where we will explore how the Microsoft Power Platform products can work together to create dynamic, user-friendly, and interactive data solutions. I will demonstrate practical examples of how these tools can enhance your data management capabilities, streamline workflows, and provide a more responsive and interactive experience for your users.

Target audience:
Current users of Power BI who want to expand their capabilities by incorporating additional Microsoft Power Platform products.
Individuals who work with data analysis and business intelligence, looking for ways to optimize their reporting processes and enhance data interactivity.

Key Takeaways:
Integrated Data Solutions: Learn how Power BI, Power Apps, and Power Automate can be combined to create seamless and interactive data experiences.
Enhanced User Capabilities: Discover how to enable report users to refresh datasets and edit data directly within Power BI reports, providing greater control and flexibility.
Automated Workflows: Understand how to set up automated data refreshes that trigger as soon as connected dataflows are updated, ensuring your reports always display the most current data.
Practical Implementation: Gain insights into the practical steps and best practices for integrating these tools, demonstrated through live examples.

A Deep Dive Into The Power BI Direct Lake

Power BI has had storage modes for quite some time, with Import being the best practice and default mode for the majority of projects.
With Microsoft Fabric, a new mode has been announced: Direct Lake mode.

How does that fit in? It's actually not really a storage mode (because it doesn’t store any data!), but more a connectivity mode.
What are the differences and similarities or the pros and cons to the old storage modes?
What Power BI or Fabric licenses do we need, to use Direct Lake mode?
What is Delta, Parquet and V-Ordering all about? Fallback, Framing?

In this session we will deep dive into the Direct Lake mode and try to answer these questions.
This sessions is mainly aimed at Power BI developers, so anyone who works with Power BI Desktop, or people that want to get a better understanding of all the storage modes in Power BI. Some experience with Power BI (Desktop) is assumed, so that you have a basic understanding of how Power BI works.

What Is Microsoft Fabric and How Does It Benefit You as a Power BI Developer

In this session we will introduce you to the possibilities that Microsoft Fabric brings for Power BI developers. For a Power BI developer starting with Fabric, it is important to understand that Fabric enables all components to be developed and managed in the Power BI platform as native assets. This means that you can use Fabric to unify your data estates and unlock value with a data integration experience that combines the ease of use of Power Query with the scale and power of Data Factory.
After this session you will understand the different capabilities like Direct Lake, Git Integration, and Dataflows Gen2. We will bring you up to speed with all the new features in Fabric that you need to know as a Power BI developer, combined with real world demo's.

Level 200, no prerequisites.

What are Power BI External Tools and How Can I Use Them?

In this session we will show you what external tools are in Power BI. The rest of the session will be used to demonstrate a lot of tools that are already built by the amazing Power BI community and can provide enormous value. Some tools have similar use cases, some complement each other, most are free, but some (features) can be paid.
I do *not* own or affiliate with any of the tools. I *do* appreciate and work with them on a daily basis!

At the end of this session you will know how these external tools can help you in your day-to-day Power BI work.

We will take a look at a choice of the following tools:
- DAX Studio
- Bravo
- Tabular Editor
- ALM Toolkit
- Measure Killer
- PBI Explorer
- ...

Optimizing Your Power BI Workflow with Project Files, Source Control, and TMDL

Imagine you're part of a dynamic analytics team at a rapidly growing tech company. Your team relies heavily on Power BI to create insightful reports and dashboards that drive key business decisions. However, as the volume of data increases and more team members contribute to the projects, you start encountering challenges: messy project files, difficulty in tracking changes, and complex data models that are hard to manage.
One day, your team lead calls a meeting. She shares a story about another department that faced similar issues but managed to turn things around. Their secret? Implementing a structured approach to managing Power BI project files, using source control to track every change, and leveraging Tabular Model Definition Language (TMDL) to handle their complex data models. Inspired, your team decides to adopt these practices.
Fast forward a few months, and your team's workflow has transformed. Projects are well-organized, changes are easily tracked, and data models are efficiently managed. Reports are more accurate, collaboration is smoother, and your team's productivity has soared. This presentation will guide you through these strategies, showing you how to replicate this success in your own Power BI projects.

In this session, I will guide you through these strategies, demonstrating how to replicate this success in your own Power BI projects.
By the end of this session, you will be equipped with practical knowledge and tools to optimize their Power BI workflows, ensuring their data analytics projects are well-organized, versioned, and scalable.
We will start with a regular PBIX-file and gradually transform it into an organized, versioned model. Using Visual Studio Code, we will set up source control in Azure DevOps with the PBIP-format, apply TMDL and eventually integrate Git into the workspace.
Note: This session assumes a basic understanding of Power BI. Fundamentals of source control and branching will not be covered.

Key Takeaways:
Structured Project Management: Learn how to keep your Power BI project files well-organized.
Source Control: Discover how to use source control in Azure DevOps to track changes meticulously.
Efficient Data Modeling: Leverage TMDL to manage complex data models effectively.
Enhanced Collaboration: Implement Git integration for smoother collaboration and improved productivity.
Practical Implementation: Walk through the practical steps to transform a PBIX file into a versioned, scalable model using Visual Studio Code.

Target audience:
BI Devs, Tech-savvy data analysts regularly working with Power BI and looking to improve their workflow efficiency, collaboration and complex model management.
Also, users who have a foundational understanding of Power BI and are interested in advanced techniques and tools to optimize their workflows.
Admins responsible for setting up and maintaining the technical infrastructure, including source control and versioning systems, in an enterprise environment.

Empowering Your Enterprise with Microsoft Fabric Monitoring Solutions

Maintaining the performance and reliability of enterprise applications is crucial. Microsoft Fabric Monitoring Hub provides a complete solution for monitoring, diagnosing, and optimizing your IT infrastructure. This presentation will cover the key features of Fabric Monitoring Hub, including real-time analytics, proactive alerts, and integration with Microsoft tools. Attendees will learn how to use these capabilities to improve system performance, reduce downtime, and support business success.

We will talk about the Monitoring hub, Admin Monitoring (workspace) and the Fabric Capacity Metrics App. We will also show a way to extend the Admin Monitoring semantic model to incorporate your own data and see what users use their Power BI Pro license.

We will introduce the Monitor Hub and demonstrate end-to-end scenarios to help you learn how to monitor jobs, such as data pipelines, on Fabric. Monitoring will be a focus of the session, showing practical steps to set up monitoring environments, configure alerts, and interpret diagnostics for different workloads.
Next, we will highlight the Fabric Capacity Metrics App to monitor your capacity, and the Admin Monitoring workspace, showing how they provide insights into resource usage and administrative oversight.

Join us to explore practical use cases, best practices, and future trends in enterprise monitoring with Microsoft Fabric.

Tips & Tricks of a Large Scale Power BI (Premium) Implementation

Attendees will walk away with guidelines and practical tips from a real-world implementation of Power BI (Premium) with 750+ users.
Back to September 2016: Power BI is new, shiny and hot. It is the tool of the moment, so people cannot wait to get their hands on it.
Fast forward 6 months, there is more traction within the business, trainings are given and workshops are held. The adoption of Power BI is growing. Some departments already use Power BI very extensively and incorporate it in their day-to-day processes. Due to this quick success there is uncertainty regarding the right support team for incidents and problems.
Because an app workspace creates an Office 365 group with a lot of artifacts behind the scenes, the creation workflow is controlled by IT. Unfortunately this inhibits the end users.
We require more governance, not to further bother the users, but it is essential to stay in control. Responsibilities need to be better aligned between IT and the business. And what to do with Power BI Premium?
Throughout this session we take you along on our Power BI journey, with tips, tricks, do's and don'ts during the implementation of Power BI (Premium) at a financial institute in the Netherlands.
For this session a basic knowledge of Power BI is assumed, there is no deep technical knowledge necessary.

This is a 45 min - one hour session (beginner - intermediate) that can be co-presented with my colleague Jeroen Schalken.

Query Folding in Power BI

Are you working with Power Query, in Excel or Power BI? Have you ever experienced that the importing of data is slower than you expected? In most of those cases, query folding is probably not happening fully optimized.
Query folding is important because it offloads data transformations to the source, instead of performing them in Power Query.
Attend this session to learn how to ensure that you get all the performance improvements possible in your reports.
You will learn how to check if a query (really) folds, how to use the Query Diagnostics feature, and even how to make a Native SQL query fold!
You will also see how (not) folding can hurt performance.

This is an intermediate, one hour technical session. A basic understanding of Power BI Desktop is required because it goes under the cover into Power Query.

A Form, a Flow and a Power BI Streaming Dataset Walk Into a Bar

This is a live demo session that demonstrates the Microsoft Power Platform of products working together to create an interactive data application.

It's good to have some form of interactivity in your presentation. Whether it's by (live) polling your audience, telling a story, asking questions during your presentation or any other way to make your presentation more interactive, doesn't really matter.
The way I started doing this was by firing some questions at the audience after I introduced myself. Although that worked pretty well, I was asking closed questions with a show of hands. I did get a feel of the audience from my perspective so I know on what topics to focus on a little more in my presentation.

But as I work with the Power Platform suite of products I thought it was a good idea to use some of that Power! So in this session I will show you the following:
- Create a form with Microsoft Forms,
- Create a Power Automate flow to get the answers,
- Push them into a Power BI streaming dataset,
- And finally create a Power BI report and dashboard on that dataset to get a live view of the answers of the audience.

Power Platform Better Together: Create a Scoring App with a Live Dashboard

Often during a presentation or workshop, you want to have an interactive quiz.
Maybe you've used Kahoot or any of the other platforms out there, but they rarely integrate well with our other applications. Using the Power Platform, we'll create an interactive quiz that gives you the best of all worlds.

Our goal is to create an app where attendees will answer questions and be awarded points for (partially) correct answers.
We want to have an application where we can enter the name of an attendee and their score. Ideally, we'll be showing the results using that same application so there's no constant switching between the app and the results.
We're going to accomplish this by using 3 of the Power Platform products: Power Apps, Power Automate and Power BI.

Join this session to see how to build this solution from scratch!

Write-back with Power Apps in Power BI

Have you ever wondered why you can't edit your data in Power BI like in Excel? Now you can!
Well, not directly in Power BI, but you can accomplish this with a Power App inside a Power BI report.
In this session you will learn how to create a basic Power App and how to use that in the Power Apps visual in a Power BI report. You will learn how to connect Power BI and Power Apps together to update data in a database and display the results in Power BI.
During the session, we will also run through different use cases where this can be brought to practice.
This is an intermediate (Power BI) session, so experience with Power BI is assumed, prior experience with Power Apps is not necessarily needed.

Data Céilí 2024 Sessionize Event

June 2024 Dublin, Ireland

DataGrillen 2024 Sessionize Event

May 2024 Lingen, Germany

Power BI Gebruikersdag 2024 Sessionize Event

March 2024 Utrecht, The Netherlands

Data Community Austria Day 2024 Sessionize Event

January 2024 Vienna, Austria

Data Left Unattended - Nuernberg Sessionize Event

December 2023

#DataWeekender 6.5 Sessionize Event

November 2023

SQLBits 2023 - General Sessions Sessionize Event

March 2023 Newport, United Kingdom

Power BI Gebruikersdag 2023 Sessionize Event

March 2023 Utrecht, The Netherlands

Power BI Summit 2023 Sessionize Event

March 2023

NZ Business Applications Summit 2022 Sessionize Event

November 2022 Wellington, New Zealand

Microsoft BizApps Urdu Hindi Bootcamp 2022 - Hybrid Event Sessionize Event

November 2022 Karachi, Pakistan

DataGrillen 2022 Sessionize Event

June 2022 Lingen, Germany

Power BI Gebruikersdag 2022 Sessionize Event

March 2022 Utrecht, The Netherlands

SQLBits 2022 Sessionize Event

March 2022 London, United Kingdom

Power BI Summit 2022 Sessionize Event

March 2022

#DataWeekender v4.2 Sessionize Event

November 2021

Power BI Next Step 2021 Sessionize Event

September 2021 Copenhagen, Denmark

Power BI Summit Sessionize Event

April 2021

Virtual Scottish Summit 2021 Sessionize Event

February 2021

Power Platform Bootcamp Austria 2021 Sessionize Event

February 2021

PowerPlatform French Summit (2020) Sessionize Event

November 2020

M365 Chicago - Virtual Event Sessionize Event

November 2020 Chicago, Illinois, United States

#DataWeekender #TheSQL Sessionize Event

October 2020

Munich Power BI Days 2020-09-15 Sessionize Event

September 2020 Munich, Germany

Milano Power BI User Group

Power Platform Better Together: Create a Scoring App with a Live Dashboard

June 2020

Bangalore Power BI Days

A Form, a Flow and a Power BI Streaming Dataset Walk Into a Bar

May 2020

dataMinds Connect User Group

Query Folding in Power BI

May 2020

Data Community Weekender Europe Sessionize Event

May 2020

SQL Saturday Iceland

CANCELED: A Form, a Flow and a Power BI Streaming Dataset Walk Into a Bar

March 2020 Reykjavík, Iceland

SQL Saturday Belgium

Tips & Tricks of a Power BI Implementation at a Financial Institute

March 2020 Mechelen, Belgium

PowerPlatform World Tour

Tips and Tricks of a Power BI (Premium) Implementation at a Financial Institute

October 2019 Dublin, Ireland

dataMinds Connect 2019 Sessionize Event

October 2019 Mechelen, Belgium

SQL Saturday Prague

Power BI (Premium) Implementation at a Financial Institute

September 2019 Prague, Czechia

Belgium Power User Days 2019 Sessionize Event

September 2019

Power BI Gebruikersdag 2019 Sessionize Event

March 2019 Utrecht, The Netherlands

Nicky van Vroenhoven

Unit Lead Power BI

's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands


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