In October last year, Iman Eftekhari and I set up the Official Microsoft Power BI User Group (PUG) here in Sydney Australia. Since then we have gone from strength to strength and as of the time of this post the user group consists of a total of 330 members. If you live in Sydney and would like to join the User Group, then we would love to have you on board.
Objectives of the User Group
The primary objective of this group is to share and learn about data analytics & reporting using Modern Excel and the Microsoft Power BI suite of tools, including
- Power BI in the Cloud (what is Power BI?)
- Power BI Desktop
- Power Query for Excel
- Power Pivot for Excel
Our Meetup sessions typically include a quick update about what is new in Power BI, tips & tricks, followed by one major presentation. Major presentations may be an introduction to one of the above tools, a demonstration or tips/advice/best practice or a special guest speaker. Our meetings include lots of opportunities to ask questions, share your own experiences, or ask for help and meet like minded data experts who are going through the same challenges as you. Beginners are welcome as are people that are well into the Microsoft suite of Power Tools.
Our April Meetup this week is already Sold Out
I would love to invite readers along to our Meetup this week but we are already at 100% capacity with 90 users planning to attend. This week we have a great session from Gin Jia (Agile BI) who will be sharing some of the techniques he has used to leverage the power of Power BI. In recent months we have had presentations from Marco Russo, Ken Puls, Bill Jelen (aka Mr Excel) as well as official presentations from Microsoft.
Sign up now to be part of our Community
Now is a good time to sign up to be part of the Sydney Modern Excel and Power BI User Group. There are 2 places to register.
When you get to the above link, click on the “join group” button (shown as 1 above) which will take you to our Meetup site for registration. All of our Meetup events will be communicated at this site including meeting registration and confirmations so you should sign up there. You should also join the Microsoft Power BI Community and claim your PUG badge (shown as 2 above) indicating your membership to the Sydney PUG. This affiliates all of your Power BI Community activity with the Sydney PUG, and that helps us get official recognition from Microsoft which in turn helps us get access to exclusive resources to make the PUG more valuable to members.
If you don’t live in Sydney, there are lots of other Power BI User Groups around the world that you can join. Just go to the link provided above and find the nearest group to you. And if you find there is not an Official PUG in your area, then why not set one up.