Get the Power BI Desktop External tools tab to show up

Get the Power BI Desktop External tools tab to show up

The July 2020 release of Power BI Desktop brings some awesome new functionality with it: integration of external tools in the ribbon! There have been external tools written by community member and tools vendors for quite a while now, but they have never integrated with the product and shown up inside of the Power BI Desktop experience until now. This is exciting stuff because many of these tools are highly useful today and will continue to grow in importance as…

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Accepted as Microsoft Regional Director

Accepted as Microsoft Regional Director

I am excited to announce that I was recently accepted as a Microsoft Regional Director! While I have been aware of the program for a long time, but I had never thought seriously about pursuing participation until this past year. Stephanie Donahue & I had many discussions when she joined the program and based upon her experience I decided I would accept her offer to nominate me and pursue joining the Regional Director (RD) ranks. I am truly appreciative for…

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Updates from isolation

Updates from isolation

When I last wrote an update on my blog I shared news about life changes in the Himmelstein household and described how I was looking forward to making deliberate decisions about our future. Little did I know how the world was going to change between then and now. The impact of COVID-19 on our lives has been profound. We were in Houston at the start of the dudes Spring Break at the Rodeo when the Mayor shut it down. We…

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Change is in the air

Change is in the air

The dawn of a new decade brings some welcome change to the Himmelstein house. In early December I left Rackspace and the timing couldn’t be better. I had been planning to take time off for the remainder of the year to spend time with Jill & the boys, so this allowed me to do so completely uninterrupted. At any other time of year I would have likely jumped right out and started searching for a new job & not slowed…

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Office 365 Service Description Power BI report

Office 365 Service Description Power BI report

I did a thing tonight that I swore I would never do. I used the “Publish to web” feature in Power BI. I had a good reason and I followed the guidelines I always tell people to follow, but I still feel a bit icky about it. I was writing a document for a customer this afternoon and once again I ran into a situation where I wished that I could have the old Service Description Excel workbook that Microsoft…

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6 more tips & tricks for Microsoft Ignite 2019

6 more tips & tricks for Microsoft Ignite 2019

I wrote an article back in 2016 about things to think about for Microsoft Ignite in Atlanta. I decided that it is time to refresh that with some things I have learned over the years and specifically some learnings from the past four Microsoft Ignites, many TechEds & SharePoint Conferences, etc. Wear comfortable shoes The Orange County Convention Center, affectionately known as the OCCC, is HUGE. You are going walk a ton. In previous years I have averaged around 18k…

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Ignite 2018 Scheduling tips

Ignite 2018 Scheduling tips

There are SO many sessions to try to reasonably sort through for Ignite this year & WAY too many topic areas that I care about. Happily, everything happening at Ignite, other than the social events, is being recorded and will be made free via TechCommunity. Microsoft is actually streaming all of the sessions live for people who are members of TechCommunity as well, so this post doesn’t just apply to those attending in person because the issue is how to…

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SPC18 Post-con update!

SPC18 Post-con update!

I’ve been talking about SharePoint Conference North America seemingly forever & it is now less than 2 weeks away, and barreling down on us like a freight train. Yesterday I was meeting with Bill Baer & Dr. Neil Hodgkinson about our Hybrid post-conference session in Vegas, which is going to be AWESOME in case you were wondering, and they informed me that we can finally announce the bigger details of our session. The goal of the workshop is for you to take…

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Using SharePoint Lists in Microsoft Teams

Using SharePoint Lists in Microsoft Teams

This past week Microsoft announced that SharePoint pages & news articles will be able to be added to Microsoft Teams channels via their own tab using the new SharePoint button in the “Add a Tab” functionality. While it is great to see more ways to integrate the user experiences of SharePoint & Teams because users are really starting to like Teams and having a single place to go is making life easier. Here is my problem: It doesn’t work for…

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What you should know about SharePoint Conference North America

What you should know about SharePoint Conference North America

SharePoint Conference North America (SPCNA) is poised to be the place to be to learn what’s new, next & top of mind from Microsoft. This event will contain the most sessions delivered by Microsoft about Office 365, SharePoint & OneDrive during 2018 and split across 3 main tracks of Developer, ITPro, & Business User. There are 2 sides to this event that are worthy of note: 1.) Microsoft delivered content 2.) Community delivered content The Microsoft content is being delivered by…

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