Welcome to the latest P3 Adaptive Coffee Talk, where members of the community discuss various topics related to Power BI, Power Pivot, and Analytics/BI in general. These conversations take place during the week on a Slack channel and are then lightly edited for publication. In this installment of our Coffee Talk series, we’ll be chatting with The Power Pivot Utility team: Bertrand d’Arbonneau and Marco Russo, along with P3’s Reid Havens and Matt Allington. Let’s introduce everyone.
Bertrand d’Arbonneau, Author of Power Pivot Utility. Currently dedicated to driving the adoption of Self-Service BI at Gemalto. As a teacher and mentor, Bertrand empowers business analysts across the company to create flexible analytic solutions with the PowerBI suite. Bertrand has a broad experience in a global international and industrial High-Tech environment, with roles in dashboard design, performance improvement projects, quality management and R&D.
Marco is a business intelligence consultant and mentor. He has been working on Analysis Services since 1998 when the product was called OLAP Services.
With the experience of many end-to-end projects, with Alberto Ferrari, he wrote several books about Power BI, Analysis Service, and Power Pivot. They also regularly write articles and white papers that are available on www.sqlbi.com. Marco is a Microsoft MVP and an SSAS Maestro, the highest level of certification on Microsoft Analysis Services.
Today, he spends most of his time in training and consulting on DAX and data modeling for Power BI and Analysis Services. He travels in several continents visiting customers and teaching public classes.
Marco is a regular speaker at international conferences like Microsoft Ignite, PASS Summit, and SQL Bits. He is also happy to deliver evening sessions at local user groups during his trips.
Reid Havens, Editor, Principal Consultant and Instructor here at P3 Adaptive . Reid’s background includes a formal education in data analytics, organizational leadership, and technology. He’s had senior industry roles as a project manager, BI consultant, database developer, and business analyst. He has taught Excel / Power BI at Bellevue College and the University of Washington in addition to our Foundations & Advanced Power Query classes here at P3 Adaptive .
Matt Allington, BI Professional with over 30 years’ experience in the Consumer-Packaged Goods industry, Principal Consultant here at P3 Adaptive , owner of the company Excelerator BI and author of “Learn to Write DAX – A Practical Guide to Learning Power Pivot for Excel and Power BI” and “Supercharge Power BI – Power BI is Better When You Learn to Write DAX”.
Welcome and Introductions
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