Free Online Sessions on Excel & PowerBI from the Microsoft Data Insights Summit

Microsoft is holding their first Data Insights Summit this week in Bellevue, Washington.  This event is all about Excel, PowerBI, and the future of data analysis tools.

Although this is a live in-person event, they will also be streaming the sessions live on the web  (and recording them).  And it's FREE to watch!!!


Update: All the sessions from the Data Insights Summit were recorded and are now available to watch for free on the PowerBI YouTube Channel.

Here is an embed of the playlist of all the session videos.

Click Here to Watch the videos on YouTube

You can also watch the opening keynote by Microsoft Vice President, James Phillips.  This will give you an idea of how much Microsoft is investing in PowerBI to make it the best Business Intelligence software in the world.  Plus, there is a clip of me at the beginning of the video… 🙂

Data Insights 2016 Opening Keynote Screenclip Jon Acampora


This will be a great way to learn about these new Business Intelligence tools, and how Excel fits into the picture.

The free live streaming webcast is going on this Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Pacific Time.  You can join for any or all of the sessions that will be broadcast online.
Here is a list of the sessions that will be streamed live online:

March 22

  • 8-9:30 am:  From Insight to Action: Your Path to Modern BI
  • 10-10:50 am: Whirlwind Tour of Power BI
  • 11-11:50 am: Shape External Data with Unprecedented Ease and Power in Excel
  • 1-1:50 pm: From Hindsight to Foresight – Machine Learning With Excel and Power BI
  • 2-2:50 pm: Monitor Your Business Using Power BI
  • 3:30-4:30 pm: Executive Panel

March 23

  • 8-8:50 am:  Storytelling with Infographics
  • 9-9:50 am: Excel and Power BI are Better Together
  • 10:30-11:20 am: Enabling Deeper Business Decisions Using Cube Formulas and Power Pivot in Excel
  • 11:30-12:20 pm: Create Impactful Reports with Power BI Desktop
  • 1:30-2:20 pm: Mashups and Data Modelling with Power BI Desktop
  • 3-4:00 pm: Nate Silver—The Signal and the Noise

As you can see there is a ton of great content here, and a lot to learn.  I am excited about it!

Click the link below to learn more and get the link to the broadcast page.

Data Insights Summit – Free Online Sessions

What is PowerBI?

Heard of PowerBI, but not sure exactly what it is?  Here is a link to an article and video on PowerBI that I did last year.  PowerBI has come a long way since I did that video, but it should give you an overview of what it is.

There are a lot of new features and enhancements that make PowerBI an amazing business intelligence tool.  I will have more articles and videos on this in the future as well.

Are you going to the summit?

I am actually going to be attending the live event in Washington.  If you are going to be there too, then leave a comment below and let me know.  It would be great to meet up during the event!

If you get a chance to watch or attend any of the sessions, then leave a comment below sharing something new that you learned.  Thanks!

Please tell your friends and co-workers about the event as well.  Here is Microsoft's Facebook Post  and Tweet about it, hashtag #MSDataSummit

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Jon Acampora

Welcome to Excel Campus! I am excited you are here. My name is Jon and my goal is to help you learn Excel to save time with your job and advance in your career. I've been an avid Excel user and VBA developer for 10+ years. I am also a Microsoft MVP. I try to learn something new everyday, and want to share this knowledge with you to help you improve your skills. When I'm not looking at spreadsheets, I get outdoors and surf. :) more about me

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Juan - April 2, 2018

I am sorry, I made a mistake with your name, Jon

Juan - April 2, 2018

Hello John! I just knew that a new edition of the event will be held in July this year. Registration will open soon https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/businessapplicationssummit

Juan - February 16, 2017

Hello John! I just knew that the second Data Insights Summit will be held on June 12 and 13, 2017 in Seattle, WA. The site https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/datainsightssummit was updated with the information of speakers, venue information and some FAQs.

    Jon Acampora - February 16, 2017

    Awesome! Thanks for letting me know Juan! 🙂

Juan - April 20, 2016

Please don’t worry, Jon, thank you very much for taking your time to let us know about the summit! If you haven’t sent the information, I would have never known about it.
Is it held every year in the same place? Is there another similar seminar/summit about Excel that will be announced during this year?

Juan - April 20, 2016

Thank you very much Jon for this valuable information! Unfortunately I learned about the course too late and didn’t have enough time to plan, get the visa and attend. How much time in advance is the summit organized so people from around the world can attend?

    Jon Acampora - April 20, 2016

    Sorry about that Juan. Next year I will let you know earlier. I believe they announce it at least 3 months in advance. Thanks!


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