NewsMar 22, 2016

Credera to Present at SharePoint TechFest 2016 on Leveraging Cortana, SharePoint and Power BI

Morgan Eseke


Credera is proud to sponsor the 8th annual SharePoint TechFest Dallas. SharePoint TechFest will be held at the Irving Convention Center in Irving, TX on April 6, 2016. This one-day conference is the largest SharePoint conference in the Central Region of the United States. This year’s 25 compelling break-out sessions will focus on converging Azure, Office 365 and SharePoint Technologies.

Kevin Grohoske, Senior Manager in Credera’s Microsoft practice, and Bryan Plantes, Senior Manager in Credera’s Analytics and Business Intelligence practice, will be presenting at a conference session entitled, Leveraging Cortana, SharePoint, and Power BI Together.

Microsoft continues to make great strides and investments turning SharePoint into the hub of the modern day business. With the recent addition of Cortana integration and Power BI/Analytics to the portfolio, businesses can now leverage powerful information management and data visualization with the simplicity of Cortana’s natural spoken language interface. In their presentation, Kevin and Bryan will demo how SharePoint, Cortana and Power BI together can seamlessly get you access to valuable data, drive insights, and promote collaborative action all through the power of voice!

More information about the speakers:


Bryan Plantes is a Senior Manager in Credera’s Analytics and Business Intelligence practice.  Mr. Plantes is an experienced project manager and technology specialist with over 10 years of professional service and consulting experience.  Mr. Plantes leads Business Intelligence implementations using agile project management methodologies and has implemented solutions healthcare, retail, financial services, distribution, and energy industries. His experience includes BI strategy, Master Data Management, data warehousing, visual analytics, reporting, and custom app dev.  He is well versed on topics such as big data, data science, self-service BI, and visual analytics. Prior to joining Credera, Mr. Plantes was a consultant for Deloitte where he focused on data transformation, master data management, data quality and data governance for global ERP implementation projects. He received his B.B.A. in Management Information Systems (MIS) from The University of Texas at Austin.


Kevin Grohoske is a Senior Manager with Credera who first started programming on a Timex Sinclair 1000 when he was 11 years old. For 20 years, he has architected and developed business solutions for Fortune 500 companies, as well as SMB’s. He earned an B.S in Information Systems, MBA from Texas A&M Commerce, Microsoft Professional Developer Certifications, and was recognized as Microsoft Virtual Technical Specialist. He first became involved in the Microsoft SharePoint community nearly a decade ago and today continues to identify, promote, and leverage new approaches to increase organizational efficiency and productivity with solutions such as SharePoint. Kevin is a regular speaker at technical conferences, user groups, and business events promoting effective use of new technologies.

For additional information about SharePoint TechFest 2016 or to register to attend, please visit Use promotional code CRED149D for $50 off admission (regularly $199).

Also, please stop by Credera’s conference booth for a chance to win a Surface Pro 4 and follow us @CrederaMSFT throughout the day. If you have questions regarding SharePoint 2016 or need assistance with Cortana, SharePoint, or Power BI, please contact Morgan Eseke at

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