This Week’s Topic: SSAS Tabular
Ok so we missed a week. We had a busy training in Denver last week. Good news is we’re baaaaaaaaaack and with a great lineup of Tabular Pros. For those of you not knowing what Tabular is (but somehow brave enough to click on this blog post), Tabular is “Big” Power Pivot also what Rob calls the “apex predator of the MS BI stack.” It sounds intimidating but if you know how to do Power Pivot or Power BI, you also know how to do Tabular – it’s all the same stuff “under the hood”. Very excited to put this coffee talk out there featuring four people I have an enormous amount of respect for, both in their technical chops but also in the generosity, humor, and all around A+ personalities. Enjoy, and share!
Welcome to an experimental new feature here at PowerPivotPro, where members of the community discuss various topics related to Power BI, Power Pivot, and Analytics/BI in general. These conversations take place during the week on a Slack channel, and are then lightly edited for publishing on Friday. In our 3rd installment of our Coffee Talk series we’ll be chatting with three Tabular Pros. Let’s introduce the folks we brought in for this week’s Coffee Talk:
Chris Webb, a UK-based consultant and trainer specializing in Analysis Services, MDX, Power Pivot, DAX, Power Query, M and Power BI. He blogs about Microsoft BI at https://blog.crossjoin.co.uk/ and is also the author and co-author of several books including “Power Query for Power BI and Excel”, “Expert Cube Development for SSAS Multidimensional Models” and “SQL Server 2012: The BISM Tabular Model”. He can be contacted via http://www.crossjoin.co.uk/
Javier Guillen, is a Principal at BlueGranite, an analytics consulting company. He has expertise in SQL Server Analysis Services, MDX/DAX, Power Pivot, Power BI and data governance. He is an adjunct professor in the Data Science program at City University of New York (CUNY) and the co-founder of the Charlotte’s Business Intelligence User Group.
Bill Anton, is a beaver. Unlike traditional beavers, who waste their time in the woods splashing around in streams with sticks, Bill uses his time efficiently to construct data warehouses and business intelligence solutions using the Microsoft stack. His natural habitats include North American office parks where he is often surrounded by pleased clients. Bill specializes in the design, development, and performance tuning of Analysis Services. He’s also an avid contributor to the SQL Server community, speaker, blogger, and published author.
Ryan Sullivan, is a lead consultant here at PowerPivotPro. He’s jumped out of an airplane more times than you’ve ridden on an airplane. Famously here at P3 Ryan proclaimed on his first day of work “I can’t believe people are paying me to do this.” 9 months later we’re still paying him to transform organizations’ analytics programs, because he is really, really good at it. (Thanks Ryan for stepping in this week and covering for me –Austin)
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Austin spent the last five years using Modern Excel in the field to solve analytical challenges for the financial services industry, first at BBVA and later at Harbert Management Corporation. As a former analyst, Austin is focused on enabling other data professionals to experience the joys of Power Pivot & Power BI. Austin is a CFA Charterholder, former CPA, Excel Power User, and SQL Server Professional, whose involvement in data/analytics projects lowers the communication costs between business users and IT professionals and helps organizations get to solutions faster.