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WHAT IS DIFINITY Power BI DayPower BI Conference
Difinity is the largest Microsoft Data, AI, Power BI, Power Platform and Business Applications Conference in New Zealand focusing on Data Platform, AI, Business Intelligence, Business Applications, Power Platform, and Analytics. IT Decision Makers, Developers, Business Analysts, IT Professionals, BI Managers, BI Professionals, Database Administrators, Architects, Digital & Big Data business leaders, and Consultants will gather for three consecutive days of learning.
Difinity Power BI Day is a shorter and smaller version of this conference focused only on the Microsoft Power BI topic. There will be two tracks of sessions all in one day from morning to evening. 12 sessions in the day. The event is held in-person in three cities in December 2020 with the COVID-19 considerations.
Like many of you, we have been doing a lot of events online through Teams and Zoom meetings. This event is a chance for us to get together in a safe environment.

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Wednesday, March 10
 

8:00am NZDT

Registration
Wednesday March 10, 2021 8:00am - 8:30am NZDT
Wellington

8:30am NZDT

Difinity Keynote
Speakers
avatar for Leila Etaati

Leila Etaati

Co-Director, Data Scientist, BI Consultant, Trainer and Speaker, RADACAD Systems Ltd
Leila is the First Microsoft AI MVP in New Zealand and Australia. She has a PhD in Information System from the University Of Auckland. She is the Co-director and data scientist in RADACAD Company with more than 100 clients in around the world. She is the co-organizer of Microsoft... Read More →
avatar for Reza Rad

Reza Rad

CEO, Author, Speaker, Trainer and Consultant, RADACAD Systems Ltd
Reza Rad is author, speaker, trainer and consultant. He is the world well-known name in the Microsoft BI field. Reza Rad is invited speaker in world’s best and biggest SQL Server and BI conferences such as PASS Summits, PASS Rallys, SQLBits, TechEds, Ignites, Microsoft Data Insight... Read More →


Wednesday March 10, 2021 8:30am - 9:00am NZDT
Wellington
  General
  • Room 1 and 2

9:00am NZDT

Morning tea
Wednesday March 10, 2021 9:00am - 9:30am NZDT
Wellington

9:30am NZDT

Getting started with Power BI
This session is for absolute beginners using Power BI. This session is full of demos and explanations of how you can use Power BI to build a dashboard from a data source. You will learn the basics of Power BI implementation through this session.

Speakers
avatar for Anupama Natarajan

Anupama Natarajan

Data & AI Consultant, MCT, Microsoft AI MVP, Principal Consultant/Director, Pearl Innovations
Anu is a Data, Analytics and AI Consultant with 20+ years of experience working in design and development of Data Warehouse, Business Intelligence, AI enabled applications and SaaS integrated solutions. She is a Microsoft MVP in Artificial Intelligence, Microsoft Certified Trainer... Read More →


Wednesday March 10, 2021 9:30am - 10:30am NZDT
Wellington
  Analyst
  • Level 100
  • Room 2

9:30am NZDT

DAX and Calculations in Power BI
If you have ever found yourself scratching your head over a DAX calculation in Power BI, this may be the session for you.  Phil Seamark, member of Power BI CAT and author of two books on DAX, will share his insights and experience on the fundamentals to focus on to help you leap up the learning curve and improve your all-round DAX skills.

Speakers
avatar for Phil Seamark

Phil Seamark

Principal Program Manager in Power BI CAT team, Microsoft
Phil is a Principal Program Manager in Power BI CAT team. He is an experienced database and business intelligence (BI) professional with a deep knowledge of the Microsoft B.I. stack along with extensive knowledge of data warehouse (DW) methodologies and enterprise data modelling... Read More →


Wednesday March 10, 2021 9:30am - 10:30am NZDT
Wellington
  Developer
  • Room 1

10:30am NZDT

Break
Wednesday March 10, 2021 10:30am - 10:45am NZDT
Wellington

10:45am NZDT

Charting a virus - COVID-19 in New Zealand
When COVID-19 case numbers were still low in New Zealand, there were no visuals to illustrate how the virus was spreading. I set out to build a dashboard using the official data from the government web site. I'll walk you through the challenges I faced and the workarounds I used with Excel and Power BI. If you've ever looked at a COVID-19 chart, this session is for you.

Speakers
avatar for Ingeborg Hawighorst

Ingeborg Hawighorst

Senior System Analyst, Spark Digital NZ
I love solving problems with technology. Working across the whole spectrum of the Office suite, SharePoint, PowerApps and Power BI are the main topics of my day job. Charts and data visualisation are my favourite topics, but I also like a good dig around data with Power Query and... Read More →


Wednesday March 10, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am NZDT
Wellington
  Analyst
  • Level 300
  • Room 2

10:45am NZDT

Data preparation and shaping in Power BI using Power Query
Throughout the development of a Power BI solution, you likely spend most of your time (some said about 70% of the overall time) preparing the data, shaping it and getting it in the right, and sometimes merging it before loading it into Power BI. This is a task you can do in the Power BI ecosystem using the Power Query transformation engine. This session will take you through some of the most common scenarios of data transformations with live demos. This session includes tips and tricks that you can use in your everyday Power BI implementations.

Speakers
avatar for Reza Rad

Reza Rad

CEO, Author, Speaker, Trainer and Consultant, RADACAD Systems Ltd
Reza Rad is author, speaker, trainer and consultant. He is the world well-known name in the Microsoft BI field. Reza Rad is invited speaker in world’s best and biggest SQL Server and BI conferences such as PASS Summits, PASS Rallys, SQLBits, TechEds, Ignites, Microsoft Data Insight... Read More →


Wednesday March 10, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am NZDT
Wellington
  Developer
  • Level 200
  • Room 1

11:45am NZDT

Break
Wednesday March 10, 2021 11:45am - 12:00pm NZDT
Wellington

12:00pm NZDT

Building Power BI Custom Visuals
This session will see what amazing visuals you can create with Charticulator from customized Bullet Chart and Ribbon chart to create a custom visual map style chart that you can import images. The audience gets familiar with the data axis and how it works, creating a spiral chart from their simple bar chart and other exciting visuals.

Speakers
avatar for Leila Etaati

Leila Etaati

Co-Director, Data Scientist, BI Consultant, Trainer and Speaker, RADACAD Systems Ltd
Leila is the First Microsoft AI MVP in New Zealand and Australia. She has a PhD in Information System from the University Of Auckland. She is the Co-director and data scientist in RADACAD Company with more than 100 clients in around the world. She is the co-organizer of Microsoft... Read More →


Wednesday March 10, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm NZDT
Wellington
  Analyst
  • Level 300
  • Room 2

12:00pm NZDT

Performance Tuning the Power BI report
Phil Seamark from the Power BI Customer Advisory Team (CAT) works on some of the largest BI models around for the largest companies on the planet.  This session will share some of the latest tips and tricks used by the Power BI C.A.T. to performance tune a Power BI report.

Speakers
avatar for Phil Seamark

Phil Seamark

Principal Program Manager in Power BI CAT team, Microsoft
Phil is a Principal Program Manager in Power BI CAT team. He is an experienced database and business intelligence (BI) professional with a deep knowledge of the Microsoft B.I. stack along with extensive knowledge of data warehouse (DW) methodologies and enterprise data modelling... Read More →


Wednesday March 10, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm NZDT
Wellington
  Developer
  • Room 1

1:00pm NZDT

Lunch
Wednesday March 10, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm NZDT
Wellington

2:00pm NZDT

PowerSuite the In / Out
Have you ever wanted to input data into Power BI and found that you can’t? How do you solve for this?
This session will show you how to integrate the Microsoft PowerSuite to build tools that support your organisation to deliver business solutions quickly.

Speakers
avatar for David Wilson

David Wilson

Commercial and Decision Support Specialist, Spark
David is a Commercial and Decision Support Specialist at Spark; developing and delivering tools and processes to aid business performance through data analysis, meaningful presentations and concise information. His Power BI reporting is extensively used within Spark by Account Executives... Read More →


Wednesday March 10, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm NZDT
Wellington
  Analyst
  • Level 200
  • Room 2

2:00pm NZDT

Architecture and governance for a successful Power BI implementation
Starting to build a Power BI solution is easy, but adopting it successfully in an organization can be challenging. There are many elements to think about to make sure you have enough governance and enough self-service power. There are connection types and layers of the architecture that need to be considered. The culture and the training of the users and many other aspects are critical parts of adopting Power BI successfully in an organization. Reza will take you through many of these aspects with advice on what to do in this session.

Speakers
avatar for Reza Rad

Reza Rad

CEO, Author, Speaker, Trainer and Consultant, RADACAD Systems Ltd
Reza Rad is author, speaker, trainer and consultant. He is the world well-known name in the Microsoft BI field. Reza Rad is invited speaker in world’s best and biggest SQL Server and BI conferences such as PASS Summits, PASS Rallys, SQLBits, TechEds, Ignites, Microsoft Data Insight... Read More →


Wednesday March 10, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm NZDT
Wellington
  Developer
  • Room 1

3:00pm NZDT

Afternoon Tea
Wednesday March 10, 2021 3:00pm - 3:30pm NZDT
Wellington

3:30pm NZDT

AI in Power BI; Taking the analytics to the next level
This session will see what AI options we have inside Power BI from AI visual to AI insight. The audience will see how AI insight helps them analyze their text and connect to their available machine learning models inside Azure ML. They will also get familiar with the newest AI visual: smart narrative to key influencers QnA visual inside Power BI Desktop. 

Speakers
avatar for Leila Etaati

Leila Etaati

Co-Director, Data Scientist, BI Consultant, Trainer and Speaker, RADACAD Systems Ltd
Leila is the First Microsoft AI MVP in New Zealand and Australia. She has a PhD in Information System from the University Of Auckland. She is the Co-director and data scientist in RADACAD Company with more than 100 clients in around the world. She is the co-organizer of Microsoft... Read More →


Wednesday March 10, 2021 3:30pm - 4:30pm NZDT
Wellington
  Analyst
  • Room 2

3:30pm NZDT

Enterprise Application Monitoring using Power BI
Enterprise business applications are complex due to the large number of components integrated with the solution. Monitoring these applications present new and interesting challenges to quickly isolate the problem and recommend a fix.
In this session, we will be looking at a real-world example of how to use Power BI from an Enterprise Application monitoring perspective. I will walk you through the different components involved in the application and how to use Power BI to actively monitor them. You will get to learn to leverage your Power BI skills to monitor complex applications at your Enterprise.


Speakers
avatar for Anupama Natarajan

Anupama Natarajan

Data & AI Consultant, MCT, Microsoft AI MVP, Principal Consultant/Director, Pearl Innovations
Anu is a Data, Analytics and AI Consultant with 20+ years of experience working in design and development of Data Warehouse, Business Intelligence, AI enabled applications and SaaS integrated solutions. She is a Microsoft MVP in Artificial Intelligence, Microsoft Certified Trainer... Read More →


Wednesday March 10, 2021 3:30pm - 4:30pm NZDT
Wellington
  Developer
  • Level 300
  • Room 1

4:30pm NZDT

Networking Event
Wednesday March 10, 2021 4:30pm - 6:30pm NZDT
Wellington
 
Monday, March 22
 

8:00am NZDT

Registration
Monday March 22, 2021 8:00am - 8:30am NZDT
Christchurch

8:30am NZDT

Difinity Keynote
Speakers
avatar for Leila Etaati

Leila Etaati

Co-Director, Data Scientist, BI Consultant, Trainer and Speaker, RADACAD Systems Ltd
Leila is the First Microsoft AI MVP in New Zealand and Australia. She has a PhD in Information System from the University Of Auckland. She is the Co-director and data scientist in RADACAD Company with more than 100 clients in around the world. She is the co-organizer of Microsoft... Read More →
avatar for Reza Rad

Reza Rad

CEO, Author, Speaker, Trainer and Consultant, RADACAD Systems Ltd
Reza Rad is author, speaker, trainer and consultant. He is the world well-known name in the Microsoft BI field. Reza Rad is invited speaker in world’s best and biggest SQL Server and BI conferences such as PASS Summits, PASS Rallys, SQLBits, TechEds, Ignites, Microsoft Data Insight... Read More →


Monday March 22, 2021 8:30am - 9:00am NZDT
Christchurch
  General
  • Room 1 and 2

9:00am NZDT

Morning tea
Monday March 22, 2021 9:00am - 9:30am NZDT
Christchurch

9:30am NZDT

Getting started with Power BI
This session is for absolute beginners using Power BI. This session is full of demos and explanations of how you can use Power BI to build a dashboard from a data source. You will learn the basics of Power BI implementation through this session.

Speakers
avatar for Faye Beardsley

Faye Beardsley

Synlait Milk Limited, Commercial Analyst
I’m working as a Commercial Analyst where I’ve used Power BI to deliver insights in a variety of business areas over the last 3 years. Power BI has been a game-changer in my role for the effective communication of key business information to drive decision making, and enables... Read More →


Monday March 22, 2021 9:30am - 10:30am NZDT
Christchurch
  Analyst
  • Level 100
  • Room 2

9:30am NZDT

DAX and Calculations in Power BI
If you have ever found yourself scratching your head over a DAX calculation in Power BI, this may be the session for you.  Phil Seamark, member of Power BI CAT and author of two books on DAX, will share his insights and experience on the fundamentals to focus on to help you leap up the learning curve and improve your all-round DAX skills.

Speakers
avatar for Phil Seamark

Phil Seamark

Principal Program Manager in Power BI CAT team, Microsoft
Phil is a Principal Program Manager in Power BI CAT team. He is an experienced database and business intelligence (BI) professional with a deep knowledge of the Microsoft B.I. stack along with extensive knowledge of data warehouse (DW) methodologies and enterprise data modelling... Read More →


Monday March 22, 2021 9:30am - 10:30am NZDT
Christchurch
  Developer
  • Level 300
  • Room 1

10:30am NZDT

Break
Monday March 22, 2021 10:30am - 10:45am NZDT
Christchurch

10:45am NZDT

Visualization best practices for Power BI
Building a visualization is not a task that you spend just the last five minutes implementing it. It would be best if you worked on having impactful visualization. A visualization that tells stories can be much more powerful than just a list of numbers in a matrix. In this session, you will learn about good visualization principles and how to implement them in Power BI. The learnings of this session are practical and can be used right after the session.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Marsh-Patrick

Daniel Marsh-Patrick

Founder & Principal Consultant, Coacervo
During his 17-year career across the UK and New Zealand, Daniel has been helping drive enterprise-wide solutions through process and software engineering; predominantly through Business Intelligence (BI), data visualisation and software integration. He is extremely passionate about... Read More →


Monday March 22, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am NZDT
Christchurch
  Analyst
  • Level 200
  • Room 1

10:45am NZDT

Data preparation and shaping in Power BI using Power Query
Throughout the development of a Power BI solution, you likely spend most of your time (some said about 70% of the overall time) preparing the data, shaping it and getting it in the right, and sometimes merging it before loading it into Power BI. This is a task you can do in the Power BI ecosystem using the Power Query transformation engine. This session will take you through some of the most common scenarios of data transformations with live demos. This session includes tips and tricks that you can use in your everyday Power BI implementations.

Speakers
avatar for Reza Rad

Reza Rad

CEO, Author, Speaker, Trainer and Consultant, RADACAD Systems Ltd
Reza Rad is author, speaker, trainer and consultant. He is the world well-known name in the Microsoft BI field. Reza Rad is invited speaker in world’s best and biggest SQL Server and BI conferences such as PASS Summits, PASS Rallys, SQLBits, TechEds, Ignites, Microsoft Data Insight... Read More →


Monday March 22, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am NZDT
Christchurch
  Developer
  • Level 200
  • Room 1

11:45am NZDT

Break
Monday March 22, 2021 11:45am - 12:00pm NZDT
Christchurch

12:00pm NZDT

AI in Power BI; Taking the analytics to the next level
This session will see what AI options we have inside Power BI from AI visual to AI insight. The audience will see how AI insight helps them analyze their text and connect to their available machine learning models inside Azure ML. They will also get familiar with the newest AI visual: smart narrative to key influencers QnA visual inside Power BI Desktop. 

Speakers
avatar for Leila Etaati

Leila Etaati

Co-Director, Data Scientist, BI Consultant, Trainer and Speaker, RADACAD Systems Ltd
Leila is the First Microsoft AI MVP in New Zealand and Australia. She has a PhD in Information System from the University Of Auckland. She is the Co-director and data scientist in RADACAD Company with more than 100 clients in around the world. She is the co-organizer of Microsoft... Read More →


Monday March 22, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm NZDT
Christchurch
  Analyst
  • Level 300
  • Room 2

12:00pm NZDT

Performance Tuning the Power BI report
Phil Seamark from the Power BI Customer Advisory Team (CAT) works on some of the largest BI models around for the largest companies on the planet.  This session will share some of the latest tips and tricks used by the Power BI C.A.T. to performance tune a Power BI report.

Speakers
avatar for Phil Seamark

Phil Seamark

Principal Program Manager in Power BI CAT team, Microsoft
Phil is a Principal Program Manager in Power BI CAT team. He is an experienced database and business intelligence (BI) professional with a deep knowledge of the Microsoft B.I. stack along with extensive knowledge of data warehouse (DW) methodologies and enterprise data modelling... Read More →


Monday March 22, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm NZDT
Christchurch
  Developer
  • Level 300
  • Room 1

1:00pm NZDT

Lunch
Monday March 22, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm NZDT
Christchurch

2:00pm NZDT

Bringing Power BI into the collaboration space
If Working from Home has taught us one thing, it is that access to information and the ability to collaborate remotely is the key to productivity. Combining PowerBI with SharePoint and Microsoft Teams gives your team access to the information and tools they need to work together effectively. What do you need to know and where do you start? Come to this session to learn more.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Knutson

Steve Knutson

Managing Director and Co-Founder, Stratos Technology Partners
Steve is the Managing Director and co-founder Stratos Technology Partners, a Software Development and Technology Consulting firm based in Christchurch, New Zealand. Steve works as a consultant on Digital Workplaces and Technology projects for a wide range of clients and has extensive... Read More →


Monday March 22, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm NZDT
Christchurch
  Analyst
  • Level 200
  • Room 2

2:00pm NZDT

Architecture and governance for a successful Power BI implementation
Starting to build a Power BI solution is easy, but adopting it successfully in an organization can be challenging. There are many elements to think about to make sure you have enough governance and enough self-service power. There are connection types and layers of the architecture that need to be considered. The culture and the training of the users and many other aspects are critical parts of adopting Power BI successfully in an organization. Reza will take you through many of these aspects with advice on what to do in this session.

Speakers
avatar for Reza Rad

Reza Rad

CEO, Author, Speaker, Trainer and Consultant, RADACAD Systems Ltd
Reza Rad is author, speaker, trainer and consultant. He is the world well-known name in the Microsoft BI field. Reza Rad is invited speaker in world’s best and biggest SQL Server and BI conferences such as PASS Summits, PASS Rallys, SQLBits, TechEds, Ignites, Microsoft Data Insight... Read More →


Monday March 22, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm NZDT
Christchurch
  Developer
  • Level 300
  • Room 1

3:00pm NZDT

Break
Monday March 22, 2021 3:00pm - 3:15pm NZDT
Christchurch

3:15pm NZDT

Power BI and Dynamics 365; a Power BI adoption story
Farmlands successfully implemented Dynamics 365 CE and Finance and Operations, as part of that business transformation reporting needed to be rebuilt in Power BI. Farmlands has had a remarkable Power BI adoption leading to more insight lead conversations, Gareth will talk through what worked and some challenges through this journey.

Speakers
avatar for Gareth Pullar

Gareth Pullar

Data Platform Manager, Farmlands Co-operative Society Ltd
Gareth is the Data Platform Manager at Farmlands Co-operative Society Ltd. He has over 13 years experience and has expertise in BI, data visualisation and analytics specialising in Microsoft’s BI suite of applications and Azure data platforms. Gareth has worked across a wide range... Read More →


Monday March 22, 2021 3:15pm - 4:15pm NZDT
Christchurch
  Analyst
  • Level 200
  • Room 2

3:15pm NZDT

Enterprise Analytics: Azure Synapse, Data Factory, and Power BI
Cloud technologies have provided many benefits to Data Warehouses. It is easy to scale out workloads in Azure Data Factory v2 and store large amounts of data in Azure Data Lake. With Polybase we are able to make data available to the relational layer from the Lake using external tables. This session will cover how we use Microsoft Master Data Services; the Azure Data Lake; Azure Data Factory v2 and Azure Synapse (SQL Data Warehouse) in our Data Platform at Farmlands Cooperative Society to supply data to our Power BI reports.

Speakers
avatar for Jean Van Schalkwyk

Jean Van Schalkwyk

Business Intelligence Lead, Farmlands Co-operative Society Ltd
Jéan van Schalkwyk is the Business Intelligence Lead at Farmlands Co-operative Society Ltd. Jean has over 16 years’ experience and has expertise in BI and Master Data Management – strategy, architecture, analysis and design specialising in Microsoft’s BI suite of applications... Read More →


Monday March 22, 2021 3:15pm - 4:15pm NZDT
Christchurch
  Developer
  • Level 300
  • Room 2

4:15pm NZDT

Afternoon Tea
Monday March 22, 2021 4:15pm - 4:45pm NZDT
Christchurch

4:45pm NZDT

Building Power BI Custom Visuals
This session will see what amazing visuals you can create with Charticulator from customized Bullet Chart and Ribbon chart to create a custom visual map style chart that you can import images. The audience gets familiar with the data axis and how it works, creating a spiral chart from their simple bar chart and other exciting visuals.

Speakers
avatar for Leila Etaati

Leila Etaati

Co-Director, Data Scientist, BI Consultant, Trainer and Speaker, RADACAD Systems Ltd
Leila is the First Microsoft AI MVP in New Zealand and Australia. She has a PhD in Information System from the University Of Auckland. She is the Co-director and data scientist in RADACAD Company with more than 100 clients in around the world. She is the co-organizer of Microsoft... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Marsh-Patrick

Daniel Marsh-Patrick

Founder & Principal Consultant, Coacervo
During his 17-year career across the UK and New Zealand, Daniel has been helping drive enterprise-wide solutions through process and software engineering; predominantly through Business Intelligence (BI), data visualisation and software integration. He is extremely passionate about... Read More →


Monday March 22, 2021 4:45pm - 5:45pm NZDT
Christchurch
  Analyst
  • Level 300
  • Room 1

5:45pm NZDT

Networking Event
Monday March 22, 2021 5:45pm - 7:45pm NZDT
Christchurch
 


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