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SQLSaturday Pensacola 2019 – Interview with Zero to Dashboard trainer Angela Henry


As this year’s local SQLSaturday event approaches, we thought it a good time to learn a bit more about our full day pre-con trainers. We’ll start with our Friday, June 28th guest expert and Microsoft MVP, Angela Henry, training on the Power BI suite of tools. This is Angela’s first time visiting us here in Pensacola, and we are very excited to have her! Let’s learn more about Ms. Angela…

How long have you been working with the Power BI suite, and how did you get started with it?  I have been working with Power BI since 2016.  I got started because my boss at the time asked if we could use Power BI in our company.

What do you feel are the top 5 most exciting features to come out in Power BI over the past couple of years?  I think the biggest thing they did was change the licensing model to allow the free license users to use ALL the data sources.  Prior to that if you had a free license you were severely limited on the types of data sources you could connect to.  After that I would say wordwrap on visual titles (might sound small, but it had a huge impact), bookmarks, performance analyzer pane & global setting for disabling auto-date tables for new models.

The training you are doing for us on June 28th, Zero to Dashboard, what do you hope attendees gain from it?  I hope attendees will walk away with a better understanding of the Power BI eco system (including licensing) and the importance of data modeling.  If you don’t have a good model, it doesn’t matter how cool your visuals are if they take 10 minutes to load or refresh.

Are there any pre-requisites the attendees should know of?  This is an introductory course, so bring your laptop (sorry no macs) & your curious minds. There are a few more technical requirements, but I’ll send those out to attendees the week before class.

What are some things you like to do for fun when you aren’t on the road presenting and volunteering for user groups and SQLSaturday events?  I love to sew & swim, but not at the same time 😉

Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know. I am a certified fork lift driver.

Now, want to know why Angela needed to get certified in fork lifting? Well you’ll just have to find out from her in person at the event!

Learn more about Zero to Dashboard and to register for Angela’s full day of training on Power BI visit here.

Spots are limited, register today!

Don’t forget to also register for our free day of Microsoft Data Platform training.

Stay tuned for our next guest expert interview with Microsoft MVP John Morehouse, who will be training on Thursday, June 27th on Managing and Architecting Azure Data Platform.

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