October 18th at 6 PM PST – Direct Lake Mode for Power BI: A Magical Game Changer for Microsoft Fabric as presented by Stephanie Bruno

Welcome to the October 18th, 2023 HYBRID meeting!

We are once again meeting in person in Vancouver, WA at the downtown Umpqua Bank in their Community Room!

You may have noticed a change in date, we are now meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of the month once again at 6:00 PM PST.  We will have snacks and networking before the main meeting.

But… we will continue to operate monthly online meetings through the PNW collaborative facilitated by the Oregon Data Community.  Due to this, you will be able to attend the meeting remotely and we are definitely open to remote speakers.

Please Register at Meetup!!


In order to encourage questions during the presentation, please use chat which will be monitored and/or use the raise hands option in Teams.  Please be mindful of the other attendees and mute your mic!

We will be starting at 6:00 PM PST/3:00 AM CEST

Schedule: (may be fluid due to discussions and Q/A):
6:00 – 6:30 PM – Snacks/Announcements/Networking
6:30 PM – Presentation

8:30 PM – Happy Hour/Networking (Shanahans in Vancouver)



Title: Direct Lake Mode for Power BI: A magical game changer in Microsoft Fabric


If you work with Power BI and haven’t yet had a chance to see what all the buzz around Fabric means for you, join this session to learn about one of the many new features! Get ready to expand your data connectivity toolkit within Power BI. It’s not about loading all your data at once; it’s about on-demand loading with optimization baked in. Translation? Only the data you need for a query gets loaded, making everything fast. It’s like data magic that flies when you need it. We’ll discuss the details of how it works, how it’s different from other modes of connecting to data, and will walk through some live demos, leaving you with the tools to get started and never look back.



Stephanie is a data witch based in Pittsburgh, PA, currently disguised as a Principal BI Architect at iLink Digital. She casts spells to wrangle, model, visualize, and analyze data to help customers solve problems with Fabric and Power BI. Before her current role she had a long career in Non Profit where she joined her love for the SQL and Power BI communities with the mission of Non Profits on a shoe-string budget. You can find her at the blog she shares with her co-Data Witch, Shannon Lindsay, at data witches (data-witches.com).

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