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The Big Data Power BI Marathon in 2022

Big Data & Analytics Competence Development Team at SoftServe always aims to deliver the best solutions and opportunities. The Big Data Power BI Marathon was not an exception. What intended to be a Power BI Marathon for Ukrainians who fled the war turned into the Marathon with both international speakers and audience. The Marathon was a perfect combination of expertise, knowledge, practice, and drive. What made it so special?

Easy. Firstly, the pool of speakers was full of A-list Power BI experts. Namely:

André Melancia

Developer, DBA, and Microsoft Certified Trainer

Andrey Nikolov

Co-founder of FrameStory SoftWare

Anna Voropaieva

Senior BI Engineer at SoftServe

Ásgeir Gunnarsson

Owner of North Insights and Microsoft MVP

Damian Widera

Microsoft MVP for SQL Server and Microsoft Certified Trainer

Iryna Vilchynska

Lead BigData DW/BI Engineer

Jermaine McDonald

Power BI Trainer, Data Analytics Training Manager, Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), and co-founder of Learn Grow Invest

Markus Ehrenmueller-Jensen

Founder and Business Intelligence at Savory Data

Reza Rad

Founder & CEO at RADACAD and Microsoft Regional Director

Vitali Burla

Data Analyst at ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Taras Kloba

Big Data Engineering Manager at SoftServe and Co-Founder at PostgreSQL Ukraine

Olga Nazarenko

Senior DW/BI Engineer at SoftServe

The speakers brought to the table exclusive insights and practical pieces of advice. They proved one more time that the Power BI universe has no borders. From Portugal, New Zealand, Bulgaria, and Poland, the gurus communicated to the Marathon participants to introduce them to this efficient tool and navigate through this new career path. Regardless of time zones, Power BI wizards conducted workshops, lectures, and Q&A sessions. Hence, they supported learners and ensured the best results.

Secondly, there was a class of dedicated and motivated students. Participants were always ready to deliver the result, whether it was a practical assignment or a question at the Q&A session. Upon registration, we had 900+ applicants from 35 countries willing to take part in the Marathon. To prove their readiness and will to acquire new skills, it was demanded from students to pass both English and Incoming tests. The selection process resulted in the enrollment of one-third of all the candidates. Owing to students' hard work and drive, there are 50 successful Cloud Certifications as a Microsoft Power BI Data Analyst Associate.

Finally, we are proud of the material on the Marathon. Brilliant and insightful lectures were well received by students on the Marathon. Moreover, we offer you an out-of-the-way opportunity to look at it too. To do so, you need to fill in the form providing your email address, and then wait for the letter with links to the recordings.

Altogether, this Marathon is a successful example of a learning solution. The mixture of qualified professionals and hungry-for-knowledge students demonstrated that fortune favors the bold, and hard work always pays off!