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Charles Sterling Bio

Charles Sterling (Chuck) came to Microsoft from being a marine biologist working for United States National Marine Fisheries doing marine mammal research on the Bering Sea. He started out at Microsoft supporting Excel and moved through a couple of support teams to being an escalation engineer for Microsoft SQL Server. Taking his love for customers (and diving), Chuck moved to Australia as a product manager and developer evangelist for the .NET Framework. In 2008 he moved back to Redmond as the Visual Studio team as a program manager and recently moved to the Power BI team to continue his community passion and looking after the Power BI influencers and MVPs.

In his off time Chuck likes to do this own Mythbusters/Roadkill type projects with such as:

To see Charles-Sterling’s 25 years at Microsoft check out his resume


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Latest sessions I have been delivering:

An all demo view of Microsoft’s new Power platform

While you are probably already familiar with Power BI, PowerApps and Microsoft Flow; you may not know that Microsoft is bringing these tools together into a unified brand called: the Microsoft Power platform.  In this session Microsoft Senior Program Manager, Charles Sterling will give an all demo introduction to these products AND how you can use these products together with other offerings such as their new database engine called Common Data Service for Apps and Microsoft Forms to create very sophisticated “no code/low code” solutions for Business Analysts and  citizen developers.

If we are going to do this in a two part series:


Part 1. Introduction to PowerApps


Build apps in hours—not months—that easily connect to data, use Excel-like expressions to add logic, and run on the web, iOS, and Android devices.  In this session we will walk through how to get started with PowerApps and quickly build applications that solve business problems quickly and do not a development background using a point-and-click approach to app design and Excel-like expressions. Publish your app to the web, iOS, Android, and Windows 10. It’s that easy.  This session will also cover Microsoft Flow, a powerful workflow automation that integrates directly into your apps with a no-code approach that connects to hundreds of popular apps and services.  Data is at the core of every app. We make it easy to get your data into your apps with more than 200 connectors for many popular cloud services and even your on-premises data.


Part 2. Introduction to Power BI


In this session, Charles Sterling will introduce Power BI, a suite of business analytics tools that takes your data and delivers insights throughout your organization. Connect to hundreds of data sources, simplify data prep, and drive ad hoc analysis. Produce beautiful reports, then publish them for your organization to consume on the web and across mobile devices. Everyone can create personalized dashboards with a unique, 360-degree view of their business. And scale across the enterprise, with governance and security built-in.  Demos to include creating reports, access data from the web PowerApps integration and putting it all together with purpose built Dashboards…all built with every day computer skills.


What is new and exciting in Power BI

With weekly and monthly releases, there are a lot of fantastic new features to explore in Power BI. In this session, we will review what’s been released lately, including the new collaboration features in the cloud-based service, the new authoring and modeling features of Power BI Desktop, new Power BI resources, and finally what’s new for developers leveraging the Power BI platform.

Data Visualization best practices with Power BI Desktop

By the end of this course with Charles Sterling, you gain a better understanding of the best practices and components that influence communicating data visually. Specifically gain familiarity with Power BI report layouts and structure the agile process to creating Power BI data visualizations. Understand the art behind visualizations, implications behind choosing the right charts, the impact of color, shape and size, and finally the use of Power BI custom visuals.

Story Telling with Power BI Desktop

Join Power BI World Tour favorite Senior Program Manager, Charles Sterling as he delves into the data storytelling components of Power BI. By the end of this sessions, you will gain a better understanding of how to communicate data more effectively through storytelling. This all demo session will focus on Power BI Desktop in action (Bookmarks, Q&A, Explain the Increase, Drill Through, Page Report Tooltips) to help you  to tell stories with your data and help users navigate your reports.


Power BI Administration & Governance

Microsoft Power BI administration is the management of a Power BI tenant, including the configuration of tenant settings, usage monitoring, and provisioning of licenses, and other organizational resources. The job is to make business users productive and ensure security and compliance with laws and regulations. This session covers the typical admin tasks and tools, such as Power BI admin portal and Office 365 admin center, and how to automate them by using administrative APIs and PowerShell cmdlets.