I kissed my wife and three boys good-bye, and jumped in my car to begin my 269-mile trek across the border to Madison, Wisconsin. As a Minnesotan, we don't typically cross the border unless we have perfectly good reason. I was pondering my future. In the weeks leading up to this point, I had a few unique opportunities surface and was on the verge of accepting an opportunity to build a Microsoft Data, Analytics and Cloud practice for a company downtown Minneapolis.I had developed a strong belief in the "new Microsoft" under Satya Nadella and Microsoft's Data Analytics ecosystem - featuring products like Azure, Power BI, Machine Learning. I also could sense there was something special about the community of users - but couldn't quite put my finger on it. I mean, on any given Saturday ordinary people are freely giving up their Saturday to spend a day rubbing shoulders with their tech-peers and learning.
My wife rolls her eyes every time I pull out Microsoft’s Power BI to analyze our personal bank statement data. Perhaps she doesn’t want me to know how much she spends each month on Starbucks Grande Chai Lattes… no whip. The reality is, I utilize Power BI whenever possible. In fact, these days I find it hard to engage in a business intelligence strategy discussion without Power BI being part of the conversation.