Briefing Overview: Power BI & The Modern Workplace – December 2019
Lily Howell Dec 27, 2019 12:00:00 AM
Guests arrived at the gorgeous Ston Easton Park at 3 pm, where they were greeted by the smell of mulled wine, mince pies and freshly baked cookies! It was great to see attendees mingling and introducing themselves to one another!
Power BI, we may have heard of it and might know it’s a business analytics tool but how can it be used to fully unlock our business data with it? Clearly Cloudy’s Shailan Chudasama kicked off the briefing with an introduction to Power BI, breaking the program down into bite-sized pieces, what Power BI is and what it does before walking us through how to use it with an interactive demo.
Guests learnt how to put together interactive dashboards with customisable and easy to digest data to display how your team, department, product (whatever you want) is performing. Shailan spoke about the almost endless list of programs you can plug in to create your dashboards, Excel being the biggest and widest used! If you can use Excel, Power BI won’t be difficult to get to grips with.
Teams and SharePoint, most people are using or have at least dabbled in the programs! We know that implementing new software can be difficult, especially when you don’t fully understand how to use them or your team are used to working a certain way. Our very own Robin Mayo and his glamorous assistant David West showed our guests how to use the programs to increase business productivity!
Robin began by breaking down what The Modern Desktop is and how it’s used, including Netitude’s journey to mastering Microsoft’s products. Robin and David gave a live demonstration of how to set us Teams, including your “team channels” sharing files and more. In the same demo, they spoke about the power-house that is SharePoint and how you can use it to access your documents from anywhere (with WiFi) and work on them as a team, at the same time.
Of course, the afternoon ended with a little bit of networking and a lot of questions!
At the end of the briefing, we asked guests to fill out a small form to gather feedback on what we did well, and what we could do better next time!
Our wonderful guests were asked to rate the whole event out of 10 (1 being awful, 10 being excellent) we achieved an average score of 9/10!
When asked if they felt like they had a better understanding of how to use Power BI, Teams and SharePoint, our most common answer was “Strongly Agree” followed by “Agree”
Would they recommend future events to friends or colleagues? ALL guests said yes! And all the guests were “Very Likely” or “Likely” to attend future events!
Further feedback included comments like “Maybe a larger screen. Some of the demonstrations were difficult to see” and “very informative and helpful”.
While the event went very well and we had excellent feedback from both guests and our presenters, it might be a better idea to use our own screens and projectors for future events, as it could be hard to see what was going on at times!
It is also important to reflect on our learning moment from our last event “Cyber Security Breakfast Briefing” which was to remember that technical language can be challenging to understand and to ensure our speakers use language that everyone can understand, making the overall message more impactful. Taking that feedback on board, we worked closely with our speakers to deliver a presentation that would be suitable for a wide variety of guests, including technical and non-technical people. Based on the feedback we received, we believe we achieved this goal!