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Paulien van Eijk

Paulien van Eijk

Data and Analytics enthusiast

Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Paulien is a Data Analytics expert who loves to combine her knowledge of Power BI and Data Science to deliver value for her clients. It is important to her that she builds the solution in strong cooperation with the client in order to deliver not only a scalable and performant solution, but also a solution that reflects the clients' needs.


  • Most Active Speaker 2023

Area of Expertise

  • Information & Communications Technology


  • Microsoft Power BI
  • power bi desktop
  • power bi service
  • power bi premium

Lessons learned: Governance and Adoption for Power BI

Rolling out Power BI within an organization is not an easy job. There are usually two strategies: Decide on a governance and adoption strategy first and roll out Power BI accordingly, or make Power BI widely available and set up governance and adoption afterwards. Especially in the latter scenario, setting up a proper governance and adoption strategy might become a challenge. Users might resist new guidelines as they are used to their own way of work and feel neglected without any guidance on how to use Power BI. On top of that, there might widely used solutions in place which are violating the company regulations, leading to more resistance in changing and rearranging the way of work.

This session focuses on the (re)governance and (re)adoption of Power BI within an organization in which Power BI is already being (widely) used by users with limited governance and adoption. As there are multiple paths to success, we will focus on a few core concepts to take into account when walking one of these paths. These concepts include, but are not limited to:

- Practices: Clear and transparent guidance and control on what actions are permitted, why and how.
- Content ownership: Managing and owning the content in Power BI.
- Enablement: Empowering users to leverage Power BI for data driven decisions.
- Help and Support: Establishing a support system with training, various levels of support and community.

In this session we will combine these theoretical concepts with lessons I learned along the way of implementing these concepts at various projects.

Deploy Power BI as Code

In the last couple of years versioning, change control, and collaboration on Power BI artifacts has been a challenge. With the recent changes of TMDL, Git Integration and the new file structure, we can now deploy Power BI as code without too much hassle!

And let me tell you, that makes my engineer heart beat faster. It started with just a "Publish" button, then we moved to deployment pipelines which introduced metadata deployments and file comparison. Unfortunately, there was no versioning and change control in place, and collaborating together on the same file remained a challenge. The aforementioned recent changes have improved this experience significantly and to one goal: Deploy Power BI as Code!

In this session I will show you a step by step approach how to deploy your Power BI data model and other artifacts. This session is valuable for, but is not limited to, professionals who build business critical Power BI solutions or build Power BI solutions fully integrated within a data platform solution. The common elements in these solutions are: version control, change control and collaboration within one project as projects expand in size and complexity.

Dimensions demystified

Dimensions; something you probably use on a day-to-day basis when building a star model in Power BI. But, did you know there are many types of dimensions? A slowly changing dimension, junk dimension, role playing dimension and degenerate dimension, they might already be part of your model without you even knowing! Therefore, in this session I will explain these type of dimensions and more importantly, discuss which problems they can solve.

Get started with your own Power BI monitor!

Have you ever had the problem that you have too many workspaces, datasets and reports to manage in your Power BI environment? And would you like to gain insight in these artifacts with just a click of a button, instead of opening them one by one? Say no more, because after this session you will be able to start building your own Power BI monitor report.

With the help of the Power BI REST API we will retrieve all the details of the datasets living in your workspaces. Then, we follow up by retrieving all refreshes and refresh schedules to gain insight in which refreshes are succeeding and failing. All in one report. And this is just the beginning..

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Paulien van Eijk

Data and Analytics enthusiast

Amsterdam, The Netherlands


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