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!!!

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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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