Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
Shannon is a data and analytics witch with a background in global public health. She’s currently casting spells at Microsoft, creating learning materials for Power BI and Fabric.
Shannon spends as much time as possible in the data community, participating in user groups and working with the fabulous Workout Wednesday team. Solving data puzzles, connecting brilliant minds to each other, and getting stuff done are some of Shannon’s favorite charms!
Area of Expertise
When you start noticing that you're duplicating the same DAX in lots of measures, calculation groups can come to the rescue. They may sound scary and complicated, but in this session we'll show you that they are really very approachable and incredibly useful. You'll learn what they are and how to create them and we'll explore key features and usage scenarios. Once you see how much they can simplify your life, you'll start looking for excuses to use calculation groups in all your models!
We all know that version control for Power BI datasets leaves something to be desired. Currently the product allows for lifecycle management with Power BI deployment pipelines, but what if you're living in a multi-developer world, or if you want to cherry pick which changes get deployed? Neither of those are possible out of the box. This is where Tabular Editor saves the day. In this session, you will learn from our mistakes on our journey to CI/CD success and we will help you avoid those same mistakes. We will also provide easy to use templates for you to integrate into your own environment. It's possible to merge the utility of CI/CD with the joy of Power BI datasets and we will show you how!
This session provides a comprehensive survey of the Microsoft Power Platform certification landscape and the corresponding educational resources offered through MS Learn modules. This overview highlights the synergy between certification paths and learning modules, emphasizing their collective role in fostering continuous skill development and expertise in utilizing the Power Platform for diverse business applications.
Have you ever considered getting a Microsoft certification? Do you need to know what's out there and where to begin? If so - start here! We'll review the options and point you in the right direction to start preparing!
Between Premium, PPU, Pro, and Free options, Power BI licensing was already complicated enough. With the introduction of new Fabric capacities and even more considerations to think through, it can quickly get overwhelming.
In this session we'll break it down and simplify it for you by explaining the details and providing a calculator. We'll also provide some of the considerations and scenarios to help you quickly figure out what will work best for your organization.
In today's fast-paced business landscape, making quick, informed decisions is non-negotiable. That's why we're excited to introduce you to a true game-changer: Direct Lake mode in Power BI. This breakthrough comes hand in hand with the recently launched analytics platform, Microsoft Fabric.
Get ready to expand your data connectivity toolkit within Power BI. It's not about loading all your data at once; it's about on-demand loading. Translation? Only the data you need for a query gets loaded, making everything crazy fast. It's like data magic that flies when you need it.
Join us for an eye-opening session where we'll walk you through the ins and outs of Direct Lake mode. We're talking about the nitty-gritty architecture stuff, comparing it to other ways of data connecting, and showcasing real-world scenarios where Direct Lake mode works its charm.
It's easy to get started with Power BI, but it's also easy to end up with an out-of-control data model that grinds your report visuals and refreshes to a halt. How can you find and fix the problems slowing down your Power BI performance? In this session we'll use the Marie Kondo decluttering method to spark your joy. We'll demonstrate common pitfalls to avoid, along with handy tools to help you maintain and optimize your models, whether you created them yourself or inherited them from others. You'll leave armed with the tools and knowledge you need to immediately improve the performance, organization, and readability of your models, as well as monitor for the future.
How much of your Power BI report design is focused on accessibility? If the answer is none, you're not alone. Report accessibility is often an afterthought at best. Fortunately, there are simple rules and tools to make it easy for you and you'll find that once you integrate these into your design process, you will undoubtedly end up with beautiful and effective reports for a much broader audience. We'll go over tools such as the Report Accessibility Checklist, the *new* Accessibility Checker, and the color contrast checker. You won't look at accessibility as optional again!
Experience is great, but how do you demonstrate your knowledge and skills to employers and colleagues? Certification.
But what kind? Microsoft Certification is based on industry-defined roles and on the skills needed to perform those roles. All the educational resources for certification at Microsoft Learn are aligned to these roles. That’s what makes Microsoft Certification so valuable. It demonstrates that you’re proficient in the specific, real-world skills associated with recognized industry roles. It verifies that you know how to apply technical knowledge to solve today’s business challenges. And it helps you keep up with industry changes, because the training is always being updated and new certifications are being added all the time.
Join me to walk through the Data & AI certification landscape. There are lots of options out there, and we'll talk through how to pick the right one for you!
Workout Wednesday* is a weekly challenge to re-create a data-driven visualization. The challenges are designed to kick-start personal development in Power BI.
Join the Workout Wednesday team to work through a special SQL Bits-themed challenge. All you need to participate is your machine**, an hour of battery power, and your enthusiasm for building visuals in Power BI.
You'll get a chance to work through the challenge with other participants and will get coaching from the Workout Wednesday team! This will be an opportunity to both learn and share with other participants.
**note, this session is hands-on, using Power BI desktop. Please ensure that you have Power BI desktop installed prior to the session.
Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States