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Luca Gualtieri

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PBI Lab was invited to present at PASS Business Analytics Virtual Group on June 4, 2020.

The slide deck and the video recording of Power BI Report Server a Deep Dive session are available in this blog post and on the PASS BA site.

You can check our GitHub repository for some PowerShell scripts, SSMS queries and a sample Usage Log power bi report file.

As has become part of our signature when putting on these sessions, a real-time data dashboard was used to gauge the skill level and professional expertise of the attendees, to tailor the presentation.

Use the interactive embedded Power BI report below to drill through the data or click the link to open the report in another tab.

Interactive Report

The survey results are also avilable in pdf and excel formats.

Survey Summary

PASS Business Analytics Virtual Group Survey Responses

A quick, high-level synopsis of what we covered included a: 

  • Live Dashboard Demo, 
  • Introduction to Power BI and Power BI Report Server, 
  • Power BI Report Server for the BI User, 
  • Editions, Licensing, Download & Installation, and 
  • Branding, Configuration, Utilities and API.

We started with an Overview of Power BI and Power BI Report Server, and some of it’s basic capabilities. A demonstration followed, to show how these capabilities can be leveraged and  implemented. We’ve embedded the  PowerPoint deck below, so feel free to flip through the slides. 

Power BI Report Server: a Deep Dive for PASS Business Analytics Virtual Group

We then discussed how to Acquire, Install and Upgrade Power BI Report Server, and its different Editions as it is important for both business leaders and users to have a deep understanding of costing, installation and implementation in order to drive value within the business.

Power BI Report Server was discussed from 2 different perspectives - the BI User and the IT Pro.  

The BI User (or end user) uses the web portal to view the reports, but also includes the analyst who creates these  reports and publishes them to the portal.  We then demoed a deployment to the Power BI Report Server. 

The IT Pro (or the IT decision maker) is more concerned with what deployment, configuration, and management look like. The discussion included some different customization scenarios, and was a  more technical, deep dive into the technology. 

Finally, we discussed Utilities, API and integration of Power BI Report Server with Power BI online, followed by a Q&A session. 

Special thanks go to PASS for keeping the global community of data professionals connected!


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