Tommy Puglia

Tommy Puglia

Tommy leads the Chicago Power BI User Group & co-hosts the Explicit Measures Podcast, releasing new episodes every Tuesday and Thursday. Tommy is constantly focused on how any report, application, or solution can change and drive behavior. Tommy has been working in Power BI since it was known as Power BI Designer, and responsible for the implementation, adoption, and enhancements of Power BI and the impact it should have. He leads his organization on how data should be integrated, automated, and analyzed in a way that drives business and culture.

Guest Appearances

  • Why Your Power BI Dashboards Aren't Being Used - And How to Fix It
    60 Minutes 

    Power Platform 24 Conference November 2, 2022

    The problem: we expect everyone to adapt and be able to analyze and explore our visualizations. The reality: you’re forcing end-users to adapt to the viz rather than adapting it to their needs. Key Meeting Insights: You need to know your audience when building a dashboard. Think about: -- What does your audience do? What is their role? -- Why are they coming to you? What do they need? -- What drives the decisions they make? Your visuals should behave like text does: context is key. -- Is the visual help driving the decision? If it’s just nice to look at- then take it out. -- Everything in a dashboard should help drive a decision. -- Where can things go wrong in a dashboard? -- Too much focus on visuals and not on context. -- Don’t go too broad with your dashboard, have an audience in mind. -- Understand that not everyone is analytically minded. How can you win over dashboard users? -- Do a discovery phase and interview stakeholders in advance. --Understand their current state and get an idea of their ideal outcome -- Know what you need to show in advance- what are the requirements -- How are they going to use the data? -- Sandbox and version- test out your dashboards in advance. Show all stakeholders how to use and interact with the dashboard. Get feedback and make edits.

  • Ask me anything about Power BI
    60 Minutes 

    Power Platform 24 Conference March 2022

    The Explicit Measures Podcast is doing an Ask Me Anything Session! Join us live to hear your questions answered on ANYTHING related to the podcast, topics discussed in previous episodes, or anything around the Power BI platform. Hosted by Mike Carlo, Seth Bauer, and Tommy Puglia, the Explicit Measures Podcast is a Power BI focused show that is like being around a Power BI Pro’s Water Cooler. With so many available resources in the community that focuses on the “how” in Power BI (how to do Drill Through, how to use DAX, etc.,), the Explicit Measures Podcast is all around the WHY. Why use a particular feature, does it make sense for my users? Submit your questions in advance!