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It seems like every month there are so many new features added in Power BI. The Power Platform is continuously building steam. There are releases, classes, tutorials, new features, blog posts, YouTube video’s, LinkedIn articles. Everywhere you look there’s more and more information on all of these amazing tools Microsoft is creating to help us to expand our capabilities. It could be a full-time job just trying to keep up with all of this stuff much less figuring out how to apply it to your specific type of data or how to transform that knowledge into something you can use to grow your career. Should you even try? What is the benefit of keeping current in this landscape that is growing so rapidly and (not to be too opportunistic but….) how do we capitalize on it to make it work for us so that we can see a return on all of this hard work?

In addition, how do we gauge our growth when the landscape keeps changing? What are the benchmarks? There used to be these awesome graphics for both PowerPivot and PowerQuery where you could look and kind of gauge where you were on the learning path. I wonder if those graphics would look the same today? Where are we going? I remember reading the words “The data revolution lays not in the hands of an elite few, but in YOUR hands, and we want to help you seize that opportunity.” Just reading that sentence was so empowering. To feel like all of this stuff, all of the reports, all of the pushing the limits of learning and testing and breaking was leading to someplace. It was amazing…it was like the Promised Land.

So P3 Nation this is where I would like to begin a dialogue with you to see what you would like to see more of here. How can we bring the data revolution to your hands? What content would you like to see more of? Less of? Do you have an application, technique, or story to share? Any feedback you share will help us enrich the content that we provide here to help this community continue to thrive and grow. The return on the pursuit of continuous learning is in the innovation and application of these many techniques in such diverse environments. Thank you all so much for continuing to share your brilliance with us and please continue to invest in yourselves!

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Jason Baldessari

Jason Baldessari is an editor at PowerPivotPro. You might catch him in his infamous spare time hanging with his beautiful fiance, their wonderful kids, his loving family or his partners at the Tech Edge Studio.

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  1. I think the info graphics you mentioned now almost need to be split into BI “tracks”. For example – I work for a company with around 70k employees, there are MANY different Power BI users but we almost all do something different. The tracks I’ve noticed emerging include – report builder, ETL expert, knowledgeable report consumer, etc. Each type of user solves problems in different ways, for example – I do very simple ETL work and tend to make most of “the magic” happen with some data modeling skill and a strong understanding of DAX, a co-worker of mine does most ALL of his work in SQL and displays the results in PBI to much the same effect. Neither approach is “right”, but when we go to learn something new we need to to put in extra mental effort to know what articles make the most sense for us to focus in on.

    Where do you come into play for this? If articles could start being grouped by “track” and mention can be made of what new techniques are being made in replacement of / or as a complement to it would help me be confident that I’m on the right “track”. I personally believe you’re best off in PBI when you know a little bit of everything, beginner level M knowledge can prevent the need for advanced Dax knowledge because your data model is easier to work with. I would love to focus in on generalist track knowledge, and be made aware when a technique I am learning about has become the new best practice. As an example – I pull from the data set of one PBI model to create other reports based off the same data, with Flow becoming more prevalent I’m starting to think the new best practice would be to create some data flows and pull from there instead.

    I hope this helps!

    1. @Joey,

      Thanks so much for the feedback! We have some categories that I may have some control over in assigning to posts. I would think it could be possible to update the categories and maybe use a combo of category/series names, tags, and header info to maybe help provide some additional insight about the posts. That doesn’t completely tie into the generalist category you mention but maybe is a start until those update paths exist.

  2. The Power Pivot and Power BI 2nd Edition book is the model for how text books should be written. Rob and Avi took great care to carefully explain the different aspects of DAX so anyone new to the topic would be able to grasp the concepts. I’m convinced this is vital to get people using the program. The color illustrations with lines and arrows are also very helpful. The one major drawback of the book is that it does not have practice exercises that force the learner to write the formulas. I agree with Matt Allington when he writes that a person must take the active approach to learning this material. For this reason, I hope the Comprehensive Power BI 3rd Edition book will include practice exercises.

  3. More YouTube videos because not only is it easier to understand visually but also less reading and writing for you guys 🙂

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