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2022-06-07 Sri Lanka UG

Power BI Dataset CI/CD with pbi-tools

pbi-tools, the open-source CI/CD and source control tool for Power BI, introduces deployment and refresh capabilities for Power BI (Premium) datasets. The session introduces and demonstrates the new capabilities and explains what you need to set up your own deployment pipelines.

The session will cover

  • PBIX source control with pbi-tools
  • The pbi-tools deployment manifest
  • Creating a GitHub Actions workflow using the pbi-tools Docker image
  • A git branching model for team collaboration with the corresponding CI/CD triggers

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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