The Microsoft PowerBI Competition is now in full swing with the voting open to the public for the next week. (Check out my entry).
As you can see below I just made my submission in time.
When I came to building my demo (check it out) I had a few different data sets in mind, but there were two main points that I wanted to highlight from my entry –
- How Power Query makes scraping webpages and extracting data into Excel really easy
- How Power View can be used to build visually stunning and interactive reports.
I ended up going with the National UFO Reporting Center (http://www.nuforc.org/webreports.html). They have very helpfully made their database available in plain old HTML tables, which makes it a rather trivial to retrieve using Power Query.
The biggest takeaway that I had from doing this is that doing screencasts is difficult! I have a new found appreciation for the Pluralsight authors who do an amazing job of lining up the timing of doing something on screen and narrating it.