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Using Power Platform to Create a Data Culture at King's College London

The theme of this year’s Power Platform World Tour is pursuing greatness through innovation. We’ll be focusing on how the Power Platform applications can push the envelope on your business needs. Industry experts will be showing you the power and agility of Power BI, PowerApps and Microsoft Flow through robust learning sessions, demos and Q&A opportunities.

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We are happy to announce session content is live for the London event, 28-29 August, bringing unprecedented access to premium Power BI, PowerApps and Flow content designed by your local industry experts.

King’s College London

Take a walk-through a practical example with Matt Gordon - Associate Director (Data & Analytics) to discover how Power BI was used to create a data culture at King’s College London.


King’s College London is one of the top UK universities in the world* and is London’s most central university, with five campuses all based in the capital. Like many universities, King’s had a problem with data silos, and with over 32,000 students and 8,000 plus staff members, the amount of untapped date was enormous. As one staff member put it King’s was ‘data rich, but intelligence poor’. Siloed data also meant King’s was unable to get a clear picture of its operations for strategic planning. So in 2016, to combat this challenge head-on, King’s started using Power BI.


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Matt will now go through how King’s College used Power BI to create a data culture that supports a sustainable foundation for predictive analytics and evidence-based decision-making. He will also talk about the valuable lessons learned along the way over the past three years and what the future of reporting looks like for King’s.

  • *QS World University Rankings, 2018-19

    The Member Showcase will give an overview of the college’s journey with Power BI and how they’ve been using it to help transform their organizational culture around data and analytics, including:
  • Successes and failures along with lessons learned along the way and showing a range of the Power BI reports they have created.
  • How they developed staff to get through the DAX wall and create good data models.
  • How they’ve used hackathons to encourage adoption and quickly prototype solutions. Over the past three years King’s College has organized seven hackathons involving over 300 staff members.
  • How the program that began with Power BI has developed to include setting up an analytics infrastructure in Azure, including a data lake and a data warehouse.

All this great content is brought to you by your peers and your local Power Platform User Groups. This event series gives you the unique opportunity to come hear from and meet with both Microsoft and other industry experts. Interact, and learn from your peers when you can step away from your desk and explore the latest business challenges, discover best practices for solutions across various industries, and see the innovative world of technology in action.

Whether you are just getting started, or consider yourself an expert, the Power Platform World Tour has sessions geared toward all skill levels. Grow your world of experience and expand your network of connections by registering for an upcoming Power Platform World Tour event!

The Power Platform World Tour is still making many stops in 2019. Curious to know where we are headed next? Check out our upcoming stops and find the city nearest you! If you don’t see your city, don’t worry. Submit your request here and we’ll add it to our list of locations to consider.


P.S. While the call for papers for this event may be closed if you are interested in speaking at other 2019 World Tour events? Check out the other locations:




To find out more about Matt Gordon and how Kings College is doing to drive a data culture please see:

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