It would be essential to have pre-conference sessions and maybe even pre-conference certificate sessions just before the conference itself. Some people who want to attend the session would appreciate a 2 day advanced DAX course for example.
When I give talks on Power BI and DAX, I am always surprised at the limited knowledge of these technologies, the conference is an excellent opportunity to ramp up people's technical skills.
I know since Power BI became a standalone product it has made an effort to separate itself from O365 and the licensing therein. However, I would like to have seen at least one session that specifically talked about O365 & Power BI together as this is our primary business use case. The term SharePoint or O365 was used only a handful of times throughout the entire summit.
Want to understand more about how to extend Power BI beyond the typical into a prototypical world beyond the standard BI looking glass? Specifically, how Azure's Embedded Power BI (E-PBI) service extends existing visualization libraries by simplifying the process of deploying custom visualizations to a common user interface which can be weaved together into a common view with a low-to-no code build requirement. This, along with the use cases of simply "tszujing up" stale reports & dashboard content with custom styling and branding.
Even more powerful examples such as: extending Embedded Power BI visuals into existing customer facing mobile, web or cloud based apps. This would not only elevate information presentation through data enrichment leveraging the latest in social telemetry, customer utilization / usage, GPS &/or wearable sensor based statistics but would also increase app stickiness, provide a more meaningful &, ultimately, PERSONAL experience vs. competing marketplace apps. Lastly, the above scenario could also include embedded Power BI for IoT, where E-PBI becomes the front facing , navigation-rich interface for a NEWER, SMARTER HOME.
Microsoft is a Worldwide company like no other, every human has used or at least heard of Excel. Not everyone can attend the conference, but a lot would happily attend it virtually.
Wouldn't it be nice to attend the conference using these new augmented reality technologies like HoloLens where virtual participant actually take their virtual seats and race to concurrent sessions like the real world folks at the conference!!
I actually believe most conferences in the future will have "Virtual Augmented Reality" as one of the registration options and this will be cheaper than attending it live with the savings from flights and accommodation.
Please don't schedule this event the same week as Adobe Summit so I can attend, okay?
1. March is the month of Spring Break in the United States. We had three people that did not come since they already had vacation plans. Please don't do this again in March.
2. One of the people who didn't go asked "Why should I go if they put everything on video afterwards anyway?" What is your answer to that question?