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PowerBI for the Developer

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November 14, 2015 1:30 PM

Los Angeles, CA - USC Campus, Viterbi School of Engineering

Los Angeles, CA - USC Campus, Viterbi School of Engineering

Buisness Intelligence is hot these days. Whether you are looking for a job, a consulting jig, or just to up your value to the “business.” But in typical fashion, Microsoft uses the term PowerBI for multiple things: a suite of Excel add-ins and standalone software, a service, and a claim to bring BI to the end user. And pricing has been all over the map from expensive (compared to Office 365, for example) to free. In this talk we’ll clear up the naming confusion and survey the underlying technologies.

While Microsoft is trying to position PowerBI as "self-service BI" based on Excel, the truth is many projects will need developer assistance. After all, how many "pointed headed managers" want to learn a new type-safe, functional, domain specific language?

In this intro we'll help explain some mental models that can help you get started quickly. And we’ll show you how to get started with PowerBI for free—not even requiring Excel.

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