Power BI celebrates 5 years

It has been 5 years already, and how far we came. Power BI is celebrating its fifth birthday this week and, in honor of that, the wonderful Power BI team at Microsoft will host a special live event to celebrate this special occasion. The event will revolve around the Power BI community: highlighting the fantastic contributions of its users and its evolution and growth.

You will be able to mingle with your favorite Power BI people and even participate in their awesome giveaway: Power BI will be distributing 100 vintage-inspired T-shirts!

Here's how to partake:

  • Show how Power BI has empowered you or others by posting your Power BI report in the Data Stories Gallery.
  • Select the "PBI Anniversary" category from the drop-down list when making your post
  • Deadline: Midnight PDT (UTC-7) on 31 July 2020

Winners will be randomly chosen from the qualified posts.


The "Thank You for 5 Years" live event will start on Thursday, 23 July, 2020 at 10:00 AM PDT (UTC-7).
You can watch it below:

We hope you had a wonderful 5 years with Power BI, just like we had.

Comment below what has been your favorite thing about Power BI since it launched!

See you at the event.


Power BI user group Hamburg online meetup

On Thursday, June 18th, 2020, Andrej appeared at the online event organized by the Power BI user group Hamburg. This time the main topic of his presentation was the IBCS-compliant reporting in Power BI.

Power BI is an outstanding BI platform, however, it does fall short when it comes to financial reporting and advanced business analysis.

Andrej and his host, Lars Schreiber, discussed financial reports, P&Ls, sales vs. plan performance dashboards, cost vs. budget analyses, and similar report types where Dr. Hichert's IBCS (International Business Reporting Standards) provide extremely practical recommendations and best practices.

They took a deep dive into waterfall charts, variance analysis, small multiples, income statement calculations, and other data visualization methods where Power BI needs to be extended with IBCS-certified visuals like Zebra BI in order to deliver understandable and actionable reports and dashboards.

Update: You can now see the recording of the live meetup. Get to know more about IBCS and how to work best with Power BI.

Recently Andrej was also a guest on their podcast. You can listen to his interesting conversation with Lars Schreiber here.