AKABI’s Consultants Share Insights from Dataminds Connect 2023

November 20, 2023

Analytics Business Inteligence Data Integration Event Microsoft Azure + 1

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Dataminds Connect 2023, a two-day event taking place in the charming city of Mechelen, Belgium, has proven to be a cornerstone in the world of IT and Microsoft data platform enthusiasts. Partly sponsored by AKABI, this event is a gathering of professionals and experts who share their knowledge and insights in the world of data.

With a special focus on the Microsoft Data Platform, Dataminds Connect has become a renowned destination for those seeking the latest advancements and best practices in the world of data. We were privileged to have some of our consultants attend this exceptional event and we’re delighted to share their valuable feedback and takeaways.

How to Avoid Data Silos – Reid Havens

In his presentation, Reid Havens emphasized the importance of avoiding data silos in self-service analytics. He stressed the need for providing end users with properly documented datasets, making usability a top priority. He suggested using Tabular Editor to hide fields or make them private to prevent advanced users from accessing data not meant for self-made reports. Havens’ insights provided a practical guide to maintaining data integrity and accessibility within the organization.

Context Transition in DAX – Nico Jacobs

Nico Jacobs took on the complex challenge of explaining the concept of “context” and circular dependencies within DAX. He highlighted that while anyone can work with DAX, not everyone can understand its reasoning. Jacobs’ well-structured presentation made it clear how context influences DAX and its powerful capabilities. Attendees left the session with a deeper understanding of this essential language.

Data Modeling for Experts with Power BI – Marc Lelijveld

Marc Lelijveld’s expertise in data modeling was on full display as he delved into various data architecture choices within Power BI. He effortlessly navigated topics such as cache, automatic and manual refresh, Import and Dual modes, Direct Lake, Live Connection, and Wholesale. Lelijveld’s ability to simplify complex concepts made it easier for professionals to approach new datasets with confidence.

Breaking the Language Barrier in Power BI – Daan Lambrechts

Daan Lambrechts addressed the challenge of multilingual reporting in Power BI. While the tool may not inherently support multilingual reporting, Lambrechts showcased how to implement dynamic translation mechanisms within Power BI reports using a combination of Power BI features and external tools like Metadata Translator. His practical, step-by-step live demo left the audience with a clear understanding of how to meet the common requirement of multilingual reporting for international and multilingual companies.

Lessons Learned: Governance and Adoption for Power BI – Paulien van Eijk & Teske van Maaren

This enlightening session focused on the (re)governance and (re)adoption of Power BI within organizations where Power BI is already in use, often with limited governance and adoption. Paulien van Eijk and Teske van Maaren explored various paths to success and highlighted key concepts to consider:

  • Practices: Clear and transparent guidance and control on what actions are permitted, why, and how.
  • Content Ownership: Managing and owning the content in Power BI.
  • Enablement: Empowering users to leverage Power BI for data-driven decisions.
  • Help and Support: Establishing a support system with training, various levels of support, and community.

Power BI Hidden Gems – Adam Saxton & Patrick Leblanc

Participating in Adam Saxton and Patrick Leblanc’s “Power BI Hidden Gems” conference was a truly enlightening experience. These YouTube experts presented topics like Query folding, Prefer Dual to Import mode, Model properties (discourage implicit measures), Semantic link, Deneb, and Incremental refresh in a clear and engaging manner. Their presentation style made even the most intricate aspects of Power BI accessible and easy to grasp. The quality of the presentation, a hallmark of experienced YouTubers, made the learning experience both enjoyable and informative.

The Combined Power of Microsoft Fabric for Data Engineer, Data Analyst and Data Governance Manager – Ioana Bouariu, Emilie Rønning and Marthe Moengen

I had the opportunity to attend the session entitled “The Combined Power of Microsoft Fabric for Data Engineer, Data Analyst, and Data Governance Manager”. The speakers adeptly showcased the collaborative potential of Microsoft Fabric, illustrating its newfound relevance in our evolving data landscape. The presentation effectively highlighted the seamless collaboration facilitated by Microsoft Fabric among data engineering, analysis, and governance roles. In our environment, where these roles can be embodied by distinct teams or even a single versatile individual, Microsoft Fabric emerges as a unifying force. Its adaptability addresses the needs of diverse profiles, making it an asset for both specialized teams and agile individuals. Its potential promises to open exciting new perspectives for the future of data management.

Behind the Hype, Architecture Trends in Data – Simon Whiteley

I thoroughly enjoyed Simon Whiteley’s seminar on the impact of hype in technology trends. He offered valuable insights into critically evaluating emerging technologies, highlighting their journey from experimentation to maturity through Gartner’s hype curve model.

Simon’s discussion on attitudes towards new ideas, the significance of healthy skepticism, and considerations for risk tolerance was enlightening. The conclusion addressed the irony of consultants cautioning against overselling ideas, emphasizing the importance of skepticism. The section on trade-offs in adopting new technologies provided practical insights, especially in balancing risk and fostering innovation.

In summary, the seminar provided a comprehensive understanding of technology hype, offering practical considerations for navigating the evolving landscape. Simon’s expertise and engaging presentation style made it a highly enriching experience.

In Conclusion

Dataminds Connect 2023 was indeed a remarkable event that provided valuable insights into the world of data. We want to extend our sincere gratitude to the organizers for putting together such an informative and well-executed event. The knowledge and experiences gained here will undoubtedly contribute to our continuous growth and success in the field. We look forward to being part of the next edition and the opportunity to continue learning and sharing our expertise with the data community. See you next year!

Vincent Hermal, Azure Data Analytics Practice Leader
Pierre-Yves Richer, Azure Data Engineering Practice Leader
avec la participation très précieuse de Sophie Opsommer, Ethan Pisvin, Pierre-Yves Outlet et Arno Jeanjot

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Are you looking to earn the Microsoft certification DP-500: Designing and Implementing Enterprise-Scale Analytics Solutions Using Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Power BI? If so, you’re not alone! This certification is highly sought after by professionals looking to advance their careers in the field of data analytics. In this LinkedIn article, we’ll provide some expert tips to help you prepare for and pass this important certification exam.

First, let’s start by looking at what this certification covers. The DP-500 certification is geared towards professionals who are responsible for designing and implementing large-scale analytics solutions using Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics and Microsoft Power BI. This includes tasks such as designing data pipelines, managing data storage, and creating dashboards and reports for business users.

To prepare for the DP-500 exam, it’s important to have a strong understanding of the following topics:

Microsoft Azure: This includes knowledge of Azure data storage options (such as Azure SQL Database and Azure Data Lake), as well as Azure data processing and analytics tools. You’ll also need to be familiar with Microsoft Purview.

Microsoft Power BI: This includes knowledge of Power BI desktop and online, as well as how to design and publish reports and dashboards using Power BI. You’ll also need to be familiar with Power BI data modeling and visualization techniques.

Data management and data governance: You’ll need to understand how to manage data at scale, including tasks such as data cleansing, data transformation, and data security.

Data visualization: You’ll need to be able to design effective data visualizations that effectively communicate insights to business users.

Some advice from one of our consultants

It is understandable that you may be feeling anxious or unsure about your chances of success on the DP-500 exam, especially if you have not had previous experience with Azure Synapse Analytics & Microsoft Purview. Prior to preparing for the exam, I had not had any experience using those two tools. These are important technologies that are covered on the exam, and it may have been necessary for you to spend additional time studying and gaining familiarity with them in order to fully prepare for the exam.

It is important to note that four weeks of study is a reasonable amount of time to prepare for the exam, as long as you use your study time effectively and focus on the most important exam objectives

So, what can you do to prepare for the DP-500 exam? Here are a few tips:

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Use Microsoft’s official certification training materials: These materials are designed specifically to help you prepare for the DP-500 exam and are a great place to start.

Take online courses: There are many online courses available that can help you deepen your understanding of the topics covered on the DP-500 exam. One website that you might find helpful is Datamozart. This website offers a range of courses and resources for data professionals, including those preparing for the DP-500 exam.

Watch YouTube videos: There are many YouTube channels that offer helpful content for those preparing for the DP-500 exam. One channel that you might find particularly useful is Azure Synapse Analytics. This channel offers a range of videos on topics related to Azure Synapse Analytics, which is a key tool covered on the DP-500 exam.

Get insights from experts: Consider reaching out to experts in the field for advice on how to prepare for the DP-500 exam. Two Data Platform MVPs, Andy Cutler and Nikola Ilic, are known for their great explanations and insights on data platform topics. You might find it helpful to follow their blogs or watch their videos for additional guidance on preparing for the DP-500 exam.

Practice with sample questions: It is understandable that you may be looking for sample questions to help you prepare for the DP-500 exam. However, it is important to note that the quality and reliability of sample questions can vary greatly. Some sample questions may not accurately reflect the content or difficulty level of the actual exam, and using them as your sole source of preparation may not be sufficient to fully prepare you for the exam. Examtopic is a great website that provides information and resources for various IT certification exams. When I studied for the exam, the site did not contain any practice questions but now you can find sample questions here. It will probably help you a lot.

Gain hands-on experience: There’s no substitute for real-world experience when it comes to preparing for the DP-500 exam. Try working on projects using Azure and Power BI to get a feel for how these tools

I wish you the best of luck as you prepare for the DP-500 exam. Remember to stay focused, stay motivated, and keep up with your studies. With hard work and dedication, you can succeed on the exam and achieve your certification goals.

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