Rishi Sapra

Rishi has a unique blend of technical and commercial skills - he is a 4x Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), a Chartered Accountant, a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and an Executive MBA (Hons) holder with a first class degree from the London School of Economics. He currently works as a Data & AI Strategic Project lead at Avanade - a Joint Venture between Accenture and Microsoft which been awarded Microsoft Partner of the Year 18 times! In this role he focuses on Microsoft Fabric Go To Market (GTM) offerings including those around Security & Governance, Industry/Functional accelerators and Azure/BI migration. Prior to joining Altius in 2017 (Which was acquired by Avanade in 2020), he spent 12 years in the Big 4 /Financial Services (Deloitte, HSBC, Barclays, KPMG) and has a strong background in Business modelling and process improvement. He is actively involved in the Fabric Community in London/globally and has presented at Meetup groups and several large-scale conferences. His passion is in helping organisations achieve the holy grail of Self-Service BI and helping individuals learn the necessary skills to succeed. He also runs two core communities - LDI (www.learndatainsights.com) for people to take data analytics quizzes and courses and PPF (www.powerplatformfinance.com) for helping finance professionals apply the Power Platform technology stack in their roles.

Rishi Sapra's Sessions

Power BI and Fabric Governance – Going from the skies to the ground!SQLBits 2024

In this session you will obtain a view of how to Govern and manage a large-scale Power BI / Fabric estate, including both technical considerations (e.g. Architecture, Artefact management, security and performance) as well as non-technical (e.g. roles & responsibilities, processes and workflows). By the end, you will have an idea how to achieve the holy grail of self-service BI: “Discipline at the core, flexibility at the edge”

What does Microsoft Fabric mean for a Finance/Business Analyst?SQLBits 2024

For a business team such as Finance, Microsoft Fabric allows you to go from being “IT reliant” to “IT enabled” and this session shows you how! Whether you’re a data explorer, data analyst, data engineer – or perhaps a newly coined analytics engineer – we will explore what Microsoft Fabric means for you. We will look at the need for the data platform components in Fabric, applied for a finance data use case, and consider the benefits of this being in a SaaS lakehouse architecture. We will also consider how you need to organise your Finance and IT teams to work best with Fabric so that you have the right capabilities to deliver meaningful financial insights at scale.

Ask the Expert - Group A (Fri, 16:20 to 16:40)SQLBits 2024

Come and see to some of our amazing speakers on one of these topics: 1. SQL and Databases: 2. Microsoft Fabric and Related Technologies: 3. Power BI and Data Visualization: 4. Azure and Cloud Technologies:

How to learn fast-changing tech in a post pandemic, Attention-starved worldSQLBits 2023

Struggling to figure out how to learn about new features and pick up new skills in a technology environment that is moving so fast? In this session, Rishi will highlight some key principles of instructional design and how you can use them to become a better learner or teacher!

Power BI Governance: 6 steps to successSQLBits 2022

Learn how to deploy Power BI at scale within a large Enterprise. The mantra behind this is “discipline at the core, flexibility at the edge” - we will cover deploying appropriate guardrails/controls whilst still retaining the notion of “self-service” within the organization.

Storytelling With DataSQLBits 2022

Learn how to present arguments with data to effectively communicate the insights you need to get across

Tips and Tricks for working with Finance Data in Power BISQLBits 2020

<p>Excel has always been the tool of choice for the finance team with the flexibility it provides for logic, formatting and presentation of numbers. But this flexibility has also caused Governance nightmares, performance issues and huge risks with manual processes. Is it possible to also achieve the desired outcomes and flexibility with Power BI whilst also having all the benefits of working in a more controlled, automated and feature-rich environment? Yes! In this session Rishi will show how you can have your finance cake and eat it, showing how to build dynamically formatted financial statements , waterfall charts and KPIs in Power BI to tell an engaging story with finance data.

The Incidental Business Analyst (BA) – Designing a Finance Power BI Data Model to Tell a StorySQLBits 2020

Join this session to learn the key steps in designing a data model: Know Your Audience (KYA), Complete a Scoping Template, Define the data granularity/scope and design a conceptual model. We will use time-tested methodologies based on Kimball Data modelling techniques, including a Bus Matrix and Starnet, complete with templates available for you to freely download.