Welcome to the latest PowerPivotPro Coffee Talk, 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 publication. In this installment of our Coffee Talk series, we’ll be chatting with: David Harshany, Kevin Jones, and Lee Gerbi. Let’s introduce everyone.
David Harshany, Principal Consultant here at PowerPivotPro. David’s background includes a formal education in Marine Biology and Zoology. Towards the end of last century, he started programming image analysis software and creating custom databases. He has owned his own business for the past 17 years and has been involved in everything from maintaining Exchange Servers to removing viruses to programming home control systems. After joining the PowerPivotPro team he realized how much fun BI can be and has since collaborated with some of the best in the industry. He has focused most of his time developing robust data models and BI reports for customers, primarily in the financial services industry.
Lee Gerbi, Currently the Director of Business Intelligence at Tobii Dynavox. They design and manufacture devices for children and adults who cannot speak using their voice. His analytical experience began in a marketing role over eight years ago. His BI experience has its roots in Excel and Access, then ‘dug deeper’ into T-SQL and MDS/MDX. Tobii Dynavox started its Business Intelligence function five years ago. and were early adopters of PowerBI. They had a data mart feeding dashboards for their global business and engineering users a short time after the first Microsoft Data Insight Summit.
I have had the pleasure of working with David Harshany of PowerPivotPro and Kevin Jones of EctoBox. I love the site. Rob Collie’s examples and info and other contributors’ input are a valuable resource. Just last week I was on PowerPivotPro looking for ideas on how best to create multiple ranking scenarios using DAX. We use the ‘thin report’ here a lot now. We connect our data to a cube for analysis in Excel, leaving the data on the server. This allows our ‘pivot pros’ to slice and dice, and refresh quickly, while keeping the workbook about a 10th in size. I learned that from David and PPP. A real game changer for us.
Kevin Jones, Founder at Ectobox, Kevin has built a thriving technology consulting business which focuses on building IoT, BI, and line-of-business solutions to help manufacturing and construction companies operate more effectively and gain competitive advantage. Over 20 years ago Kevin started in accounting on the CPA track and soon moved over to writing software applications. He has worked in software ever since, building Ectobox as a progressive company with a great culture for employees and clients alike.
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