217 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

    • Technology
    • 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 217 - Power BI 2021 Year in Review

    Episode 217 - Power BI 2021 Year in Review

    This is episode 217 recorded on December 23rd, 2021 where John & Jason do a year in review for all things Power BI in 2021, review their wins & losses with their 2021 predictions, and prognosticate about what they see happening in 2022.

    For show notes please visit www.bifocal.show

    • 59 min
    Episode 216 - Power BI December 2021 Feature Summary

    Episode 216 - Power BI December 2021 Feature Summary

    This is episode 216 recorded on December 22nd, 2021 where John & Jason go over the December 2021 Power BI updates including Sparklines in Table & Matrix visuals, New Format Pane updates, Allow sharing links to include your changes to the report, and Announcing Public Preview of Hybrid Tables in Power BI Premium.

    For show notes please visit www.bifocal.show

    • 30 min
    Episode 215 - Firing on all Synapses with Kim Manis

    Episode 215 - Firing on all Synapses with Kim Manis

    This is episode 215 recorded on December 17th, 2021 where John & Jason talk to Kim Manis, Director of Product for Azure Synapse. Kim fills us in on what Synapses is, exactly, why it should matter to Power BI users, and shares her vision on the future of both Synapse and Power BI.

    For show notes please visit www.bifocal.show

    • 32 min
    Episode 214 - Power BI News from Las Vegas

    Episode 214 - Power BI News from Las Vegas

    This is episode 214 recorded on December 7th, 2021 where John & Jason discuss the news in the Power BI space such as Power BI Streaming Dataflows November Update, Capacity settings for datasets are now in Power BI Premium Gen2, and talk about the past couple of weeks in the return to in person conferences.

    For show notes please visit www.bifocal.show

    • 16 min
    Episode 213 - Power BI November 2021 Feature Summary - part 2

    Episode 213 - Power BI November 2021 Feature Summary - part 2

    This is episode 213, part 2 of 2, recorded on November 16th, 2021 where John & Jason go over the November 2021 Power BI updates including the new connectors for Azure Synapse Analytics and Google Sheets, Datasets hub improvements, and Support embedding a Power BI report that contains a paginated report visual.

    For show notes please visit www.bifocal.show

    • 26 min
    Episode 212 - Power BI November 2021 Feature Summary - part 1

    Episode 212 - Power BI November 2021 Feature Summary - part 1

    This is episode 212 recorded on November 16th, 2021 where John & Jason go over the November 2021 Power BI updates including the New Format Pane, Page & Bookmark Navigators, Sort Legend, and the new Visual Scorecard from Power BI Goals.

    For show notes please visit www.bifocal.show

    • 24 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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