The Chicago SQL BI User Group is an official PASS chapter focusing on Microsoft's Business Intelligence and the various tools.

Along with the two other existing Chicagoland PASS chapters, our purpose is to help SQL Server and Azure Data Platform professionals connect, learn, and grow through networking opportunities and presentations on Business Intelligence related topics and techniques.

Our group has 700 members with a very diversified levels of experience and backgrounds. We strive to make it easy to ask questions and share knowledge in an open and direct manner.


Next Meeting




ArcGIS Maps for Power BI: a Review of Power BI’s New Geospatial Visualization Capabilities

  • In-Person @ 200 E Randolph St Suite 200 Chicago, Illinois, United States (map)
  • 17:30 - 19:00 Central Daylight Time
  • Language: English

At Microsoft Ignite in Fall 2016, Microsoft announced that Power BI would soon offer greatly improved geographic visualization capabilities. “Maps are in many ways quintessential to understanding the data around us and they provide the geographic context that empowers decision making,” the announcement release said.


Recognizing the importance and increased demand to incorporate geospatial data visualizations within existing BI platforms, Microsoft has partnered with Esri, a leading vendor of geographic information system (GIS) software, to provide Power BI users a new visualization called ArcGIS Maps. This visualization leverages the geographic viewing and story-telling power of ArcGIS, Esri’s flagship product. With this new addition, Microsoft aims to provide more extensive and customizable mapping settings in Power BI. New options for base maps, symbol types, and additional geographic reference layers are set to significantly complement the existing data visualization and story-telling capabilities of Power BI.


This presentation provides an overview of the new ArcGIS Maps visualization in Power BI. In addition to discussing new features, we will also highlight the key geospatial analysis use cases enabled with this new feature as well as the current limitations of the tool and which directions Microsoft could turn next to continue improving Power BI’s geospatial capabilities.   


Jamie Fishman is an Experienced Consultant in Advanced Analytics at West Monroe Partners. He has designed customer analytics data science solutions, developed ETL and data warehousing solutions, and architected geo data storage and analysis solutions. Jamie graduated from Kenyon College in 2010 and received a master’s degree in geography from the University of Illinois in 2015. He has published peer-reviewed research about the geography of preventable ER visits in Chicago in the journal Health Services Research.  

Pizza will arrive at 5:30 and the presentation will start at 5:45.

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