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Tabular Model Definition Language and Source Control

April 24, 2023 @ 16:00 - 19:00

Session description

This 3-hour deep dive workshop focusses on the newly announced innovative Tabular Model Definition Language feature in pbi-tools and Tabular Editor and what it means for your model development projects. In a hands-on session you will learn and practice the Tabular Model Definition Language syntax and how it relates to the Tabular Object Model exposed in the TOM Explorer.

Furthermore, the workshop will focus on the impact for source control of tabular models and enterprise collaboration scenarios. You will learn how to use Tabular Model Definition Language for efficient, readable and re-usable model definitions. All using practical examples.

Previous experience with the Tabular Object Model is not required, and the basics will be covered.

You are guaranteed to learn something completely new in this session.


Mathias Thierbach

In 2015, after having spent over ten years as a Software Developer and Architect with Microsoft technologies, Mathias Thierbach moved into the Microsoft BI space. He soon landed on Power BI, but also realized quickly that the development and engineering tools and practices were nothing like the ones well established in software development. This is how pbi-tools started as a project, the only complete source control solution for Power BI.

Today, leading a growing data management team at YouGov, he experiences the benefits of those efforts every day. Having open sourced the project in fall of 2021, Mathias spends a lot of his free time bringing source control and DevOps practices to the wider Power BI community now.

In addition to his open source engagements, Mathias cares deeply about his role as an enterprise technology leader. Like many, once having started as a single contributor technologist, he had to pivot significantly when he moved into a manager role, responsible for building, stabilizing and growing a team of data engineers, analysts and architects. Mathias is now passionately sharing the many experiences and learnings that came out of that journey with the community.


April 24, 2023
16:00 - 19:00
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Anholt + Kattegat


Mathias Thierbach