2019 Microsoft Business Application Summit Retrospective

MBAS 2019

This year the Microsoft Business Application Summit (MBAS) was held in Atlanta Georgia. Despite some travel snafu’s (3 rebooking’s and 9 delays), we made it into Atlanta late the night before the preconference sessions. Which was good, because we were presenting one!

(A special thanks to Adam Saxton (Guy in a Cube) who went way out of his way to pick up a bunch of materials we needed for the preconference. If you don’t follow Adam and his awesome Power BI channel, be sure to check it out -> YouTube Link Guy in a Cube)

Our “Data visualization with Power BI” preconference session was packed with 180 people and we had a fantastic time showing people how to build no-code custom visuals with the new “Charts” http://charts.powerbi.tips/ (Gallery here: http://gallery.powerbi.tips/) tool based on the Microsoft Research team that developed Charticulator, how to create themes and layouts and many other tips and tricks. The good news for all our followers on powerbi.tips is that we have that content created now and we will be sharing that over time in the form of blogs and other training materials posted to the site.

We each individually had the opportunity to spend some quality Q&A time in the Community Lounge with some great one on one time with many of the conference goers. And we finished off the whirlwind tour with the final session time of the conference where we presented the “Microsoft Power BI: Data visualization best practices”. Here is our session from the conference.

Here is a detailed video of the creation of the custom ribbon chart at the end of the session:

Link to Session BRK 3023 on YouTube

All the sessions of MBAS can be found in the Power BI Community Video Gallery

Top Takeaways:

The best part of any conference is the people you meet. The social aspect and meeting new people are one of the most important aspects of any conference event. We hope all the attendees at MBAS made some great new connections, we know we did!

It is an exciting time to be in the business of data, and the MBAS conference has merged in Dynamics with the Power Platform tools. The keynote by James Phillips brings to light Microsoft’s next steps in the evolution of how these tools are transforming businesses, and the future is bright indeed. Be sure to check out his Keynote

Power BI is still on a rocket ship of greatness. The roadmap is exciting, the community is growing bigger and better every day, and more and more businesses are leveraging the tool to change the way their users interact with data on a daily basis.

Our Favorites:

Of course, our favorites all revolve around the tool we love, Power BI! An absolute must watch video is the road map session that outlines the near term features that are going to amaze you

Link to road map session

We’re huge fans of Power BI dataflows, so of course we recommend those sessions. Here is a Great Overview and explanation dataflows.

Want more information on dataflows, check out these sessions from the conference.


  1. Hi – I just found your video on Data Visualization Best Practices, but I was disappointed that I was not able to see the actual visuals/slides you showed. Is it possible to share what you showed?

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