Georgi has valuable expertise in designing and developing reports across the Power BI platform. He is keen on utilizing different BI tools and applying BI best practices, which significantly enhances the better analysis of clients’ data.
Georgi, in October you took part in one of the biggest technical events in SQL community – SQL Saturday. You presented a very interesting topic – Monitoring SSAS processing performance in Power BI. Why did you choose to present this one specifically?
First of all, I would like to thank Adastra for the opportunity.
Well, the topic was my particular interest in the recent months, as I faced that challenge with one of our clients. We implemented a new solution that had to solve some processing problems with their tabular cube, and my business stakeholders needed a way to track performance against the thresholds that we set at the beginning of the project.
Unfortunately, there was not an out of the box solution that I could use, thus, I had to improvise and that led me to the approach presented at this year’s SQL Saturday. I wanted to share it with a broader audience, since it is a simple, yet elegant way to achieve the final goal.
You have worked on various projects for clients in different industries as a BI Consultant. What are the trends in the BI field lately?
The trends, in my opinion, are connected to cloud migration, all the way from application hosting through data management to data analytics. Our customers are seeing more and more benefits from migration their on-premises solutions to the cloud – faster speed, enhanced agility, and lower total cost of ownership.
I believe that in several years most (if not all) solutions worldwide will be in the cloud. Another interesting trend lies in the structure of the data that the organizations are gathering. It is getting more and more unstructured, and in bigger volumes, and traditional databases are not prepared for that. Fortunately, the BI world is prepared for that challenge and already offers stable and scalable solutions.
Currently, you are working on a project where you use MS SSAS, SSRS as technologies. Could you tell us a little more about the solution you will offer to the client?
As you stated, our project is based on the traditional Microsoft BI stack, and like many other companies, our client is starting to see the benefits of moving to the cloud, so we are preparing for cloud migration. We are going to build for them a 21st century data warehouse based on MS Azure technologies, which would allow them to bring in more unstructured data and analyze it. Furthermore, we are going to use the Power BI platform as a front-end tool for reporting, which will wide-open the doors for them to analyze their data in multiple ways.
What is your next professional step for 2021?
For me, the next year will be all cloud. As the business goes to the cloud, we, the technology professionals, need to be able to float in the clouds comfortably to continue being in help of our customers. Thus said, I am devoting my time to broadening my knowledge and skills in the MS Azure world.
On 12th of December is your next participation in SQL Saturday Plovdiv. Can you share with us a little more about the topic and why you focused on it?
The idea for this topic came out of multiple conversations with fellow Power BI practitioners that were amazed by the simplicity and effectiveness of the external tools that Power BI community has developed. Power BI Desktop is a great tool but sometimes the interaction with it could be slow and ineffective, and this is affecting our work process. With the help of those additional tools, we can speed up our development process and save some nerves for inevitable cases. And who would not like that?
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