This post is a continuation of my last post where I started to provide a curated view of content from TechEd 2014 from the perspective of a Self Service BI professional. Inevitably if I am to share with you the best of the sessions, there are going to be some that don’t make my list. Rather than ignore those sessions on my blog, I have decided to create a list of the sessions that I have viewed that don’t make my “best of” list. Rather than post each time I find one of these, I will instead come back to this post and edit it with the latest “didn’t make it” sessions.
|Session||Why it didn’t make my “best of” list.|
|All you need to know about Microsoft Power BI for Office 365 – Michael Tejedor||When Michael starts this session, his first comment was that the session title had changed from his brief. The session is really a “Power BI Overview”, and for this reason it doesn’t make my list. It was VERY high level, more like a show and tell rather than a learning experience. If you have never seen Power BI for Office 365 or Excel, then this is a good intro session. If you already know what these tools are, there won’t be much for you in this session.|
|Interactive Data Visualization with Power View – Lukasz Pawlowski||I watched this session and went in with very low expectations. My expectations were met. You see I have a low opinion of the current (and every previous) release of Power View. I am not saying Microsoft wont get there, but I think it is a long way off where it needs to be if it wants to be competitive with products like Tableau and native Excel – yes I think native Excel is better.Having said that, if you know nothing about Power View, this demo will show you what it can do. The biggest repeating disappointment I have with Power View presentations is that they are all a “dog and pony show”. They show tricks with their toys, but I simply can’t see the business value in the demo’s. Take my advice Microsoft – develop better, more meaningful demos of real business scenarios with your Power View demos.|
|BI Power Hour||I actually think this would have been quite fun to attend if you were at the conference. It was presented by an awesome bunch of MS BI gurus, but somehow watching a slide version after the conference didn’t really deliver the same experience. It doesn’t make my list.|
Here is a link to all the BI Track sessions at TechEd 2014.