Dave Ruijter

Dave Ruijter

Cloud Solution Architect Data & AI, Microsoft MVP

Dave is a Microsoft MVP, public speaker and consultant, helping organizations realize the full potential of the Azure Cloud & Power Platform. He brings a decade’s worth of experience to the table and is a passionate Power BI evangelist, eager to share his knowledge and experiences from the field.

Current sessions

The Battle Of Modern Data Architectures: Databricks vs Synapse vs ADF

Have you had that moment, in doubt of which Azure service to use for your 'Modern Data Warehousing' solution? There are so many good options.. Maybe go for Azure Synapse Analytics? Choose the Azure Databricks route? Or stick to the familiar Azure Data Factory? Let's line them all up and start *The Battle Of Modern Data Architectures*! We'll compare them using real use-cases and demos, and you learn how to choose the best fit for each scenario!


From rookie to rockstar in Azure Synapse Analytics

Heard a lot about that service called Azure Synapse Analytics, right? Curious what it exactly is? Bring your scuba gear, as we take a deep dive and explore everything it has to offer!


How to become a Power BI Premium 'capacity whisperer'

So you own a Power BI Premium capacity? Or you're planning on purchasing it? Better make sure you get the most out of it, right? Learn how to listen to your capacity, read it, understand it, and keep it healthy, like a real 'capacity whisperer'.


Artificial Intelligence for the business analyst leveraging new features in Power BI

The recently added AI features in Power BI allow the business analyst to enrich their solutions with Artificial Intelligence. AI can aid them in their data exploration by automatically finding patterns, help them to understand what the data means, and in predicting future outcomes to drive better business results.
In this session you will learn:
• How to do Key Driver Analysis
• How to invoke Azure Cognitive Services
• How to integrate existing Azure Machine Learning models
• How to create a Machine Learning model directly in Power BI using the new AutoML capability


Let's go Premium! The essentials to kickstart your experience.

Going with Premium capacity in Power BI provides a lot of value for your organization: more dependable performance, larger data volumes, widespread distribution of content to consumers, and more!
In this deep-dive session you will learn:
• What Power BI Premium capacity exactly is
• How it compares to the regular/shared capacity
• How it compares to Azure Analysis Services
• How you can govern and manage the capacity
• How you can monitor the capacity


The missing piece in your Power BI architectures: dataflows!

Find out if the new Power BI dataflows capability is the missing piece for data preparation and loading in your Power BI solution architectures.
In this deep-dive session you will learn:
• What Power BI dataflows exactly is
• When and how to use this capability
• How it integrates with the Common Data Model
• How it integrates with Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2
• What parts are Premium features


Actionable insights using Power BI, PowerApps & Flow

Integrating Power BI with PowerApps and Flow makes it possible to immediately act on the insights discovered in your data. Close the digital feedback loop leveraging these three powerful services.
In this demo-rich session with real-world business use-cases you will learn:
• How to integrate a PowerApp inside your Power BI report
• How to talk to the Power BI data model from inside the PowerApp
• How to invoke workflows from Power BI & PowerApps


Cognition at scale on large collections with Azure Data Lake and Databricks

During this session Jorg & Dave will show the audience how to batch-analyze enormous volumes of data using cognitive machine learning algorithms. The solution will be based on a real word end-to-end scenario using Azure Data Lake and Azure Databricks. After this session participants can start to implement this technology in their own solutions.


Power BI Cheat Sheet explained!

This session explains the Power BI Cheat Sheet that went viral on social media. The sheet is crammed with Power BI tips and best practices based on years of experience, but with little to no comments. No worries! We will describe, demonstrate and discuss all the items! And of course, there will be a Cheat Sheet for everyone attending!


The duel: Power BI Premium vs. Azure Analysis Services

Power BI Premium has been playing catch-up on enterprise readiness for a while now, and the duel between Azure Analysis Services and Power BI Premium to host your data model can be quite complicated. There is no simple winner, as each solution architecture will have its own requirements and priorities. In this session, you will learn the essential characteristics of both services, how to compare the differences between them, and of course how to decide which service best fits your solution!


Enterprise and multi-tier Power BI deployments with Azure DevOps.

In Power BI we are used to create reports and dashboards really quickly, but in most cases we forget to think about governance, development and maintenance at an enterprise wide scale.
During this session I share some best practices about applying DTAP (Development, Production, Acceptance and Production), or better known as multi-tier deployment.

By using Azure DevOps for deployment we bring back the structure and use a self-service tool in an enterprise environment. Beside deployment there is also version control and enterprise roll-out of your content in a managed structure.


Building an end-to-end monitoring solution using Azure Logic Apps, Azure Monitor and Power BI

Thinking about building a monitoring solution for your (custom) application? Or do you need a place to bring together logging/metrics from multiple sources, giving you a unified overview? We have built such a solution with Azure Monitor, Azure Logic Apps, and Power BI reports. In our case to monitor and govern the end-to-end Power BI platform, but you can easily apply this solution architecture to monitor other (custom) applications. After an overview of the involved services, we will get hands-on and dive right into the Azure Portal and demo all the bits!


Embed the wow of Power BI in your applications with Power BI Embedded

In this workshop, you will learn how to embed rich interactive visuals into a custom web application using Azure Power BI Embedded. After a short overview where we'll talk about solution architectures, authentication options, and costs... we'll get our hands dirty right away. You just need to bring your laptop and Azure subscription!


Bring your Azure Data Lake to the business with Power BI dataflows!

Find out how to bridge the gap between the Azure platform and analyst in the business. Leverage the new Power BI dataflows capability to integrate your Azure Data Lake Storage in Power BI using CDM Folders!
In this deep-dive session you will learn:
• What Power BI dataflows exactly is
• When and how to use this capability
• How it integrates with the Common Data Model
• How it integrates with Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2
• What parts are Premium features


Past and future events

Global AI Bootcamp - Netherlands

13 Dec 2019
Utrecht, Netherlands

dataMinds Connect 2019

6 Oct 2019 - 7 Oct 2019
Mechelen, Flanders, Belgium

DataGrillen 2019

19 Jun 2019 - 20 Jun 2019
Lingen, Lower Saxony, Germany

Power Saturday 2019

13 Jun 2019 - 14 Jun 2019
Paris, Île-de-France, France

Power Platform Summit Europe

Session #1: The Missing Piece in Your Power BI Architecture: Dataflows!
Session #2: Let's Go Premium! The Essentials to Kickstart Your Experience
Panel discussion member: Power BI Governance and Administration
26 Mar 2019 - 29 Mar 2019
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

Power BI Days 2019-01

25 Jan 2019 - 26 Jan 2019
Mechelen, Flanders, Belgium

Global AI Bootcamp Netherlands

14 Dec 2018
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

Power BI User Group Event - Expert Track

Expert Track: Data Pools vs Data Swamps! A deep-dive in Common Data Service for Analytics (Dave Ruijter – Macaw)
27 Jun 2018
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

Power BI Gebruikersdag

23 Mar 2018
Utrecht, Netherlands

TechDays Amsterdam 2017 - Data Storytelling using Power BI!

A great story can transform opinions, inspire people and stimulate change. Learn how to leverage the power of storytelling to effectively unlock insights in your data and help drive decision-making in your organization. This session will provide actionable advice, tips and tricks and concrete examples of compelling data stories told using Power BI.
12 Oct 2017