Action BI Toolkit: DevOps for Power BI Reports & Ask Me Anything Panel

Dec 7, 2021 · London, United Kingdom

We are very excited to announce that December's meetup will be an in-person event in central London, our first since February 2020!


18:00 to 18:20 : Networking, Pizza and Drinks
18:20 to 18:40 : Intro and Power BI Latest Updates
18:40 to 19:30 : Action BI Toolkit: DevOps for Power BI Reports
19:30 to 20:00 : Power BI Ask Me Anything with Power BI CAT team members Chris Webb & Kasper de Jonge
20:00 onwards : Networking

We've an action packed return for December so we're kicking off earlier than usual at 18:20.

Intro & Power BI Latest Updates
Prathy and James will welcome everyone back to London and will walk through the latest updates to Power BI including a demo of the new Page and Bookmark Navigators and the updated Formatting Pane.

Action BI Toolkit: DevOps for Power BI Reports
We're excited to announce our main session this month features Brian Mather and Mathias Thierbach:

Are you tired of committing .pbix binary files into your source control system? Does this cause you compliance issues, repo bloat and change tracking nightmares? Why can't industry-standard DevOps practices be used to manage change control and automated report deployment in Power BI?

Well, now they can!

Action BI Toolkit

Using Action BI Toolkit, Mathias and Brian will show how your developers commit report changes into source control as they work in Power BI Desktop. Only the changed elements will be committed to your repo.

Be amazed as you see the Azure DevOps pipeline create a new .pbix file from source control and deploy it through to the Dev, Test and Production environments!


A software architect originally, Mathias Thierbach is now managing an international Data & Analytics function at YouGov Plc. He is a Power BI expert, cares deeply about change control, automation, DevOps, as well as establishing Centers of Excellence for Power BI. Mathias has developed the pbi-tools CLI tools which are the powerhouse behind Action BI Toolkit.

As owner and Power BI Expert at Action BI Ltd, Brian Mather has been helping major international organisations transform their business using Power BI since 2015 including financial performance, asset management as well as driving new technologies for airport maintenance. Brian has developed the external tool integration for Action BI Toolkit.

Ask Me Anything Panel
We will close off the evening with a panel comprising of Chris Webb and Kasper de Jonge from the Power BI CAT team at Microsoft and your user group hosts Prathy Kamasani and James Dales from Avanade.

We are grateful for the continuing support of Nigel Frank and we are lucky to be able to host the event in their London Offices.

We have a limited number of places for this meetup due to Covid19 restrictions. Please only register if you are able to attend the event in person in London.

If you are no longer able to attend, please let us know or unsubscribe so we can make your place available to others.

Remote Viewing & Streaming
This event will not be broadcast online, although this is something we are keen to do in future - so please look out for future events as we hope to offer a combined experience going forwards.

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