Dashboard in a Day with Microsoft Power BI

A complimentary, hands-on workshop to explore Power BI presented by Microsoft and Catapult Systems. Sponsored by DIR as part of the Technology Today Series (TTS).

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Location & Hours

Start Time:
May 15 2018
8:30 AM
End Time:
May 15 2018
4:30 AM

Dashboard in a Day with Microsoft Power BI

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 | 8:30 – 4:30 | Austin, Texas
A complimentary, hands-on workshop to explore Power BI presented by Microsoft and Catapult Systems.
Sponsored by DIR as part of the Technology Today Series (TTS).

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Dashboard in a Day is a free one-day workshop that is designed to accelerate your Microsoft Power BI experience through focused, hands-on training. Agencies are commonly challenged to leverage data from different systems in order to make critical business decisions in an efficient, precise and effective manner.  Power BI is a business analytics service that gives you a single view of your business data, with the ability to monitor the health of your business using live dashboards, create rich interactive reports and access your data on the go from your mobile devices.

Join us for this complimentary hands-on workshop covering the capabilities of Power BI. The goal of this informational session is to help you understand how to analyze your data in a rich and compelling way. Whether you are evaluating its ability to meet organizational requirements around data visualization and analysis or are looking to learn how Power BI can help you be more efficient and make a greater impact on the work you do every day, this is the training for you.

At the end of the day, attendees will better understand how to:

  • Connect to, import, and transform data from a variety of sources
  • Define business rules and KPIs
  • Explore data with powerful visualization tools
  • Build stunning reports
  • Share their dashboards with their team and/or the world

We also encourage you to bring your own data in a CSV or Excel format, to the workshop. The last 2 hours are dedicated to enabling you to build reports and dashboards on your own data with the support of your instructor. 

General Schedule

8:00 - 8:30 Check-In
8:30 - 9:30 Meeting of Texas Enterprise Information Management (TEIM) - open to all
9:30 - Noon Workshop Part 1
Noon - 1:15 Lunch (on your own)
1:15 - 4:30 Workshop Part 2

The morning and afternoon sessions will include a short break with minor refreshments such as bottled water and packaged snacks. Coffee will also be available.

DIR will award continuing education credit.

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LOGISTICAL DETAILS & REGISTRATION

Audience

This free workshop is open to any public-sector employee interested in the topic. Each attendee needs to bring a pre-configured laptop. Review the technical specifications at the bottom of this message. Important: attendees do not need to be TECHNICAL - if you are comfortable with Excel, you can be successful in this class.

Note: This is a business event that is not open to students, consultants or systems integrators to attend.  Microsoft will provide Power BI accounts for use with this event.

Location

Microsoft Austin Office
10900 Stone lake Blvd, Building B, Austin, TX 78759

Registration

Seating is limited in this one-time opportunity. So please return to the enrollment form and cancel should your  plans change.

Organizers

  • This free workshop is hosted by Microsoft and Catapult Systems.
  • The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) serves as an educational sponsor and will award continuing education credit.

Questions

  • For technical questions about content, files, or laptop configuration - email Amy Hulse of Microsoft ( or call 314-995-3157).
  • For general questions about the event or continuing education credit - email Joy Hall Bryant of DIR.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION & LAPTOP CONFIGURATION

As always, follow your agency policies and/or consult your IT department before installing downloads and changing equipment configuration.

Pre-configured Set-up

  • Bring your own laptop computer. 
  • Internet connectivity: You must be connected to the Internet (Free Wi-Fi will be provided at site.)
  • At minimum, a computer with 2-cores and 4GB RAM running on one of the following versions of Windows: Windows 7, Windows 8, (64-bit preferred), Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 or Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012/R2
  • Microsoft Power BI Desktop requires Internet Explorer 10 or greater
  • Verify if you have 32bit or 64bit operating system to decide if you need to install the 32bit or 64bit applications
    • Search for computer on you PC, right click properties for your computer
    • You will be able to identify if you operating system is 64 or 32 bit based on "system type"
    • The version of Office you have can also dictate which version of Power BI Desktop you should use. A 64bit OS allows you to use a 64bit version of Office but if you have a 32bit Office then it is a 32bit Power BI Desktop you will need.

We also encourage you to bring your own data in a CSV or Excel format, to the workshop. The last 2 hours are dedicated to enabling you to build reports and dashboards on your own data with the support of your instructor. 

Downloads & Installs

  • Download and install Power BI desktop and Microsoft Power BI Personal Gateway  (On-Premises Data Gateway) from https://powerbi.microsoft.com/downloads
    • Please choose appropriate 64-bit or 32-bit version depending on your platform. 
    • Microsoft Power BI Desktop is available for 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) platforms.
  • Download class files - registrants will receive email with instructions

Sample Applications

Here are some examples of what some others have done with Microsoft Power BI: