Power BI Pro
As I write this, I have Word sized so that I can keep an eye on my browser in the background, set to auto refresh the pricing page on the PowerBI.Microsoft.com site. Why? Because today, 7/24/2015, (My Birthday) Microsoft is making Power BI Pro generally available to the public. Have I been reduced to the level of Apple enthusiasts, camping out for an iWatch or iPhone release? Not quite, I hope. I feel a mixture of shame and at the same time a degree of pride in my geeky anticipation for this product. I expect this release will have a significant impact on the world of BI, and certainly my work in the field. I plan to chronicle my experience and learning of the product in hopes that I can help others learn and appreciate its usefulness. Please join me on 8/3/2015 if you are in the Tampa area. I’ll be presenting a first look at Power BI Pro at the Tampa Bay BI user group. I’ll be covering some of the basics for setting up your first dashboard in Power BI Pro, connecting to an Azure SQL Server Database, the Power BI Desktop application and, if I can get a good demo of it working by then, hooking up the Connector for an On-Prem SQL server.