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Power BI User Group Switzerland

Introducing pbi-tools

pbi-tools is a free and open-source external tool for Power BI, focussing on source control and DevOps capabilities. Learn all about the tool, what it does, and how to get started in this session.

The session will cover

  • PBIX source control with pbi-tools
  • pbi-tools for change tracking in reports and datasets
  • Deployments and DevOps pipelines with `pbi-tools

All demos and files used during the session are available in a public GitHub repository.


Head of Finance Systems at YouGov Plc and Developer of pbi-tools

In 2015, after having spent over ten years as a Software Developer and Architect with Microsoft technologies, Mathias Thierbach moved into the Microsoft BI space. He soon landed on Power BI, but also realized quickly that the development and engineering tools and practices were nothing like the ones well established in software development. This is how pbi-tools started as a project, the only complete source control solution for Power BI. Today, leading a growing data management team at YouGov, he experiences the benefits of those efforts every day. Having open sourced the project in fall of 2021, Mathias spends a lot of his free time bringing source control and DevOps practices to the wider Power BI community now. In addition to his open source engagements, Mathias cares deeply about his role as an enterprise technology leader. Like many, once having started as a single contributor technologist, he had to pivot significantly when he moved into a manager role, responsible for building, stabilizing and growing a team of data engineers, analysts and architects. Mathias is now passionately sharing the many experiences and learnings that came out of that journey with the community.


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