176 episodes

For the past several years, Business Intelligence has been the #1 top ranked IT priority for CIOs and business leaders according to Gartner. It is a very exciting time to be in the BI space, with massive investments from Microsoft in their 2016 wave of products specifically focused on this area. Not only are there major product releases on the horizon, specifically SharePoint & SQL 2016, but Power BI continues to release updates, new features, and content packs on a very regular basis.
Microsoft MVPs John White & Jason Himmelstein will attempt to keep you up to date on all of the latest and greatest BI changes every month. They will give some interesting tips & tricks, show fun features, bring on relevant guests, answer your questions, cover the News, and generally have a great time with this exciting topic.

BIFocal - Clarifying Business Intelligence John & Jason

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    • 4.7 • 22 Ratings

For the past several years, Business Intelligence has been the #1 top ranked IT priority for CIOs and business leaders according to Gartner. It is a very exciting time to be in the BI space, with massive investments from Microsoft in their 2016 wave of products specifically focused on this area. Not only are there major product releases on the horizon, specifically SharePoint & SQL 2016, but Power BI continues to release updates, new features, and content packs on a very regular basis.
Microsoft MVPs John White & Jason Himmelstein will attempt to keep you up to date on all of the latest and greatest BI changes every month. They will give some interesting tips & tricks, show fun features, bring on relevant guests, answer your questions, cover the News, and generally have a great time with this exciting topic.

    Episode 176 - Power BI News in 2021

    Episode 176 - Power BI News in 2021

    This is episode 176 recorded on January 8th, 2021 where John & Jason talk about Report Creation in the Power BI Service, the preview of Datasets Hub, and General Availability of the XMLA Read/Write end-point… plus we bring back Ideas.powerbi.com picks for 2021.

    For show notes please visit www.bifocal.show

    • 32 min
    Episode 175 - Interview with Christian Wade

    Episode 175 - Interview with Christian Wade

    This is episode 175 recorded on December 15th, 2020 where John & Jason talk with Christian Wade about what's been happening around the enterprise capabilities for Power BI, how exciting working in the space is, and just bask in Christian's great energy.

    For show notes please visit www.bifocal.show

    • 39 min
    Episode 174 - Power BI 2020 Hindsight

    Episode 174 - Power BI 2020 Hindsight

    This is episode 174 recorded on December 21st, 2020 where John & Jason review the changes with Power BI over the past year, check out how they did on last year's predictions, and make some new predictions for 2021.

    For show notes please visit www.bifocal.show

    • 44 min
    Episode 173 - Power BI December 2020 Feature Summary

    Episode 173 - Power BI December 2020 Feature Summary

    This is episode 173 recorded on December 18th, 2020 where John & Jason talk about the Power BI December 2020 Feature Summary including the DirectQuery for Power BI datasets and Azure Analysis Services preview, Small Multiples preview, Anomaly detection in all mobile apps, and much more.

    For show notes please visit www.bifocal.show

    • 36 min
    Episode 172 - Take 2- Interview with Tessa Hurr & Jeroen ter Heerdt

    Episode 172 - Take 2- Interview with Tessa Hurr & Jeroen ter Heerdt

    This is episode 172 recorded on December 14th, 2020 where John & Jason talk with Tessa & Jereon, from the Power BI Product Team, about some of the announcement in this month's release of Power BI Desktop.

    For show notes please visit www.bifocal.show

    • 32 min
    Episode 171 - Synapse & Purview announcements

    Episode 171 - Synapse & Purview announcements

    This is episode 171 recorded on December 4th, 2020 where John & Jason talk about Azure Synapse Analytics reaching general availability and the announcement of Azure Purview in Public Preview.

    For show notes please visit www.bifocal.show

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

aliaschick559 ,

New to this all

I'm new to BI and this show has been a great way to learn the jargon of the profession and start to understand what I'm doing. I highly reccommend it.

Wantapreneur Willy ,

Delivery & format needs polishing, but topic list is interesting.

Your topics are relevant. But the delivery needs a lot of work. The podcast has a high noise/content ratio. Lots of silly asides and long introductions. For the 5 episodes i listened to, i found it best to skip the first 5 minutes and the last 3 minutes, because the hosts make lots of smalltalk and jokes. None of it is relevant to the listener. And during the conversation, there are a lot of silly asides that can be confusing for those of us who haven't met the hosts. That is distracting in a podcast. There doesn't seem to be any structure to each episode. Instead, it feels like a stream of conscious delivery like you'd get if you just walked up to someone and asked them about the topic.

Carl Computers ,

Engaging

I really enjoy the content and focus on Microsoft PowerBi and how it’s being used by various groups. I like the attention to how the product is evolving from the desktop and mobile app, to on-prem server, to the service in the cloud. Very useful to get ideas in this space.

Keep up the great work, gentlemen!

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