Re-Watch the MS Ignite 2020 Sessions On-Demand – When and Where You Like

Microsoft Ignite went virtual this year and according to the social media responses (and my experience too) – the conference was a huge success. Besides the live session experience, sessions were repeated to suite for other time zones (with was very nice for us Europeans – Thanks Ignite Team!)

My days during the conference only had 24 hours and too many interesting sessions happened in parallel! But luckily, the sessions are now available as on-demand sessions:

Browse the Ignite session catalog …

Take a seat, sit down comfortably and enjoy the sessions!

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Data News – 2020-09-28

Welcome to another episode of my #DataNews series. In the past week I found some interesting stuff I find you should have a look at.

Microsoft Ignite 2020

Last week was MS Ignite 2020 week. Three days full of technical sessions, announcements and networking fun. My experience of the Ignite online conference was a great one – The sessions were broadcasted three times – one time live and two times as on-demand sessions.

AND: The sessions are now available as on-demand sessions: https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions

Ignite Session Catalog

MS Ignite 2020 Book of News

All the announcements from Ignite are listed in the Book of News

Power BI News from Ignite 2020

I’ve collected the Power BI announcements in one blog post: have a look here (includes links to announcement posts, Q&A sites and conference sessions) – Power BI at Microsoft IgniteΒ 2020

New Power Platform Icons

The members of the Power Platform got new icons – have a look here

Screenshot from James Phillips Session at #MSIgnite 2020 – New Power Platform Icons

Online Conferences & Web cams

I have to watch that tip from Scott Hanselman – Virtual PowerPoint Greenscreens!!

Have a nice and successful week,

Wolfgang

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Azure Synapse Analytics at MS Ignite 2020

MS Ignite 2020 is over – many interesting sessions and announcements happened .. and the content and news were shared on several different channels..

In my opinion, not easy to follow and therefore I now would like to summarize the sessions & announcements around Azure Synapse Analytics in this blog post.

Before you dive deeper into the Azure Synapse news… please follow the official twitter account – they need more followers πŸ™‚

Follow the official Azure Synapse Analytics twitter account

Azure Synapse Analytics Sessions:

Announcements for Azure Synapse Analytics (from the past week)

FeatureAvailable when?Link(s)
Power BI performance acceleratorprivate previewApply for preview
Azure Synapse Link for Azure Cosmos DB now includes Synapse SQLpublic previewlink
link2
link3
Azure Synapse Link for Azure Cosmos DB API for Mongo DBpreviewlink
Enhanced support for analyzing text delimited filespublic previewlink
COPY commandGAdocu
Fast streaming ingestionGA link
docu
link2
Column-level encryptionPublic previewdocu
MERGE supportpublic previewdocu
Stored Procedurespublic preview
Inline Table-Valued Functionspublic previewdocu
Azure AD authentication features link
Apache Spark for Azure Synapse In-Cluster Caching and Shuffle Servicepreviewlink
docu

Now it’s your turn… πŸ™‚ Take your time and learn about the new stuff in Azure Synapse Analytics

Happy Analytics,

Wolfgang

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SQL Saturday Denmark #963 – Virtual

Today, I presented a session at this years #SQLSatDenmark which went virtual and online this year. The organizers provided us with five parallel tracks and overall 29 sessions over the day.

I presented my session “Continuous Integration for the BI Developer” where I tried to highlight the topics of

  • Version Control
  • Traceabilty
  • Automation
  • Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment

in BI projects.

My slides are already uploaded on the SQLSatDenmark site: get there from here

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!

Wolfgang

SQLSatDenmark #963 (2020) Schedule: https://www.sqlsaturday.com/963/Sessions/Schedule

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New Power Platform Icons

During some Microsoft Ignite 2020 (#MSIgnite) sessions, new icons for the members of the Power Platform have been revealed: One of their first appearances was during James Phillips session – Gap and Supercharge Organizational Agility:

source: https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/bdb4ea05-29c0-4850-b702-c103d5d9066e
https://twitter.com/MSPowerBI
https://twitter.com/MSPowerApps
https://twitter.com/MSPowerAutomate
https://twitter.com/MSPowerVirtual
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Power BI at Microsoft Ignite 2020

This week is Microsoft Ignite week and this year is a special edition – Ignite has gone digital and online this year.

https://myignite.microsoft.com/

In “normal” years, MS Ignite was one of the biggest (if not biggest) Microsoft tech conferences. I had no chance to visit an in-person Ignite so far, but this year I already spent and will spend some hours in front the PC to watch some sessions live.

Schedule – Live Sessions and On-Demand option

The Ignite team put great work into creating and providing a schedule feasible for different timezones. As I read, every session will be provide three times – at least once live plus to recordings adjusted to different time zones. And if you are not able to watch the sessions during the “official” conference time, the sessions will be available on-demand afterwards.

Power BI / Power Platform Sessions and Announcements

As you may have noticed in the past, I am a little bit into the topic Power BI and Power Platform. And these technologies are heavily included in the #MSIgnite schedule this year.

The Power BI team created an overview page listing all the Power BI sessions

Read the Power BI session post here: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-at-microsoft-ignite-virtual-conference/

Power BI Announcements

The list of announcements is long – you can find a summary in Arun Ulags blog post “Driving a data culture in a world of remote everything

Let’s dive a little bit deeper: Data Culture is a thing not only for individuals, but also for teams and organizations. Starting with easy and powerful reporting support for individuals, stepping up to support teams to make the right decisions and reaching the enterprises with support for professional development, reporting and data tasks.

Many features have been announced during the (keynote) sessions:

Some of the mentioned features are already available for testing, some are coming soon and others are planned to be available later in this year. Please have a look at Aruns blog post for a detailed description – I will only summarize the availability of these features in a small table: (taken from here, 2020-09-23 //13:15)

FeatureAvailabiltyDetail Links
Smart narratives (public preview)available todayblog post
blog post
IgniteSession
Anomaly detectionlater this year
Power BI for HoloLens 2 (preview)available todayblog post
Power BI app in Teams (preview)later this monthblog post
Dataset discovery in MS Teams (preview)later this yearblog post
Excel Certified Datasets (GA)later this year
Excel Data Types (preview)available today
Power BI Premium Gen2
& Power Premium per User
later this yearIgniteSession

Premium Gen2 post
Q&A blog post
Power BI performance accelerator
for Azure Synapse
later this year
Visual Data preparation
“Diagram View”
later this year
Deployment Pipelines (GA)available todayblog post
Data source impact analysis (preview)available todayblog post
MIP sensitivity labels in Power BI
(Power BI Desktop)
later this year
Power BI Desktop September 2020 releaseavailable todayblog post

Last but not least – new Power Platform icons have been revealed (seen in James Phillips session – Gap and Supercharge Organizational Agility):

First time appearance of the new Power Platform icons

For me, the list of announcements and new features is overwhelming.. It seems like the Power BI team does not sleep anymore πŸ™‚ Could be worse

What is your favorite new feature?

Wolfgang

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Data News – 2020-09-21

Welcome to another episode of my #DataNews series. In the past week I found some interesting stuff I find you should have a look at.

Power BI

Picture of Power BI actions for Power Automate

Events

This week is #MSIgnite week – three days, in your timezone – content from (almost) every Product Group presented for free:

Power BI DEV Camp

Azure SQL Digital Event

Have a nice and successful week,

Wolfgang

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Data News – 2020-09-14

Welcome to another episode of my #DataNews series. In the past week I found some interesting stuff I find you should have a look at.

Power BI

Reporting

I found a very, very interesting and inspiring post by Lisa Charlotte Rost – How to pick more beautiful colors for your data visualizations https://blog.datawrapper.de/beautifulcolors/

Azure Synapse Analytics

Join the team that works on the product itself in an AMA (ask-me-anything) session on September, 15th 2020 on reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/PowerBI/comments/ioywtx/save_the_date_ama_with_the_microsoft_synapse/

If you do not know what that Azure Synapse Analytics thing is.. here is the introduction: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/synapse-analytics/overview-what-is

Autumn Event season starts:

a more general one: https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200826-what-the-future-of-conferences-could-look-like

Have a nice and successful week,

Wolfgang

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Data News – 2020-09-07

Welcome to another episode of my #DataNews series. In the past week I found some interesting stuff I find you should have a look at.

Announcements this week

Some Learning

Autumn Event season starts:

Have a nice and successful week,

Wolfgang

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Data News – 2020-08-31

Data News is back!

Long time ago, I tried to collect some interesting information pieces found on social media and technology blogs.

I hope that this journey continues for a longer time now.. this time, I challenged myself with already scheduled entries for the next weeks.. so.. if I do not change the post and add no links, you’ll get a blog post like this.. πŸ™‚

This is a sample message πŸ™‚
It will show up if I do not update the scheduled posts for #DataNews in the next weeks!!
And the posts are scheduled.. so the challenge is open!

Data News links

But now back to the real content – some interesting links I found in the past week:

Data store decision tree
Diagram that shows the structure of this guide, with the sections of this article represented in a flow diagram.
  • Diving into Delta Lake (Databricks) is a three part video learning series – https://databricks.com/diving-into-delta-lake-talks
  • Power BI Dev Camp – Ted Pattinson (now member of the Power CAT team) created a webinar series about many topics around Power BI development (https://www.powerbidevcamp.net/)
    • August 27 – Developing for Power BI with .NET Core
    • September 24 – Automating Tasks in Power BI using PowerShell
    • October 29 – Deep Dive into the Power BI JavaScript API

Upcoming events:

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