Thu Jun 06 2024

Data & Drinks: Continuous Data Processing & Harnessing Git for Power BI Success

Raamstraat 7, 1016 XL Amsterdam

We are excited to share the details of our June Data & Drinks, which we hope will carry the usual enthusiasm of our event plus the energy of summer!

You're invited to join us on Thursday, June 6th at 17:30 at Xomnia's HQ to attend two talks by 3 experienced speakers: Product Architect at Albert Heijn Davey van Hennik, Power Platform Solution Architect at Sandvik Xander Gerreman, and Analytics Engineer Team Lead at Xomnia Luis Lucchini.

This free event includes dinner, drinks and a lot of networking opportunities with data professionals from Amsterdam and beyond.

Abstract of the talks:

Talk #1: Albert Heijn's Journey in Continuous Data Processing
This presentation will take us over the Continuous Data Processing journey of the Netherlands' leading food retailer. Discover how a microbatching data architecture fuels Albert Heijn's data science success, improving customer satisfaction, operational efficiency, and supporting waste reduction.

One of our key enablers is the meta-driven Delta Lake, a pivotal component of our data infrastructure that empowers us to effectively manage and process data from our vast range of sources.
In this presentation, Davey will walk us through Albert Heijn's journey, sharing their insights and challenges in the realm of (continuous) data processing.

Talks #2: Next Level Analytics: Harnessing Git for Power BI Success

Embark on a captivating journey into the realm of analytics engineering and discover the innovative utilization of Power BI within Sandvik's Parts and Services team. This presentation begins by illuminating the pivotal role of analytics engineers, who champion data collaboration and streamline access to vital insights. From crafting intricate data transformation layers to delivering compelling visualizations, analytics engineers navigate a multifaceted landscape of responsibilities.

However, at Sandvik the spotlight shines brightest on a specific domain where skills truly flourish: Power BI. Addressing common grievances from Data Engineers regarding Power BI's proprietary nature and challenges with CI/CD implementations and collaboration, we unveil the game-changing introduction of TMDL. Through TMDL, we now operate within a dynamic environment that treats Power BI reports as XML and JSON files, seamlessly integrating them into an automated pipeline in Azure DevOps. This transformative approach facilitates collaborative development, version control, and rapid deployment of models. Join us as we unveil the power of TMDL, demonstrating how it revolutionizes Power BI development and empowers teams to unleash their full potential.

About the speakers:

  • Davey van Hennik is a Product Architect with experience in data architecture and data engineering, specializing in developing and implementing innovative data enablement and data management solutions. While leveraging PaaS services from partners like Databricks and Microsoft, Davey also embraces the development of custom applications to address specific business requirements.
  • Xander Gerreman is the Power Platform Solution Architect at multinational engineering company Sandvik. He transforms Fleet Analytics and FleetApp PowerApps into a symphony of data while pioneering a CI/CD framework that makes Power BI datasets dance in harmony. When the sun sets, Xander trades codes for dance moves, grooving to Salsa and Bachata, all while navigating the adventures of new parenthood. Xander is also a seasoned traveler, collecting experiences and weaving them into his rich tapestry of life, from the bustling streets of Shanghai to the aurora-lit skies of Prince George.
  • Luis Lucchini is an Analytics Engineer Team Lead at Xomnia with over a decade of experience in the data domain. Renowned for his expertise in Power BI, he's spearheaded transformative projects, including serving as a Program Manager at the US Customs and Border Protection agency, which specialized in Power BI development, data governance, and data migration using Databricks. Prior to this, he played a pivotal role in migrating companies from outdated Excel-based reporting to dynamic Power BI solutions.


  • 17:30-18.30: Walk-ins & dinner
  • 18.30-18.35: Introduction to Xomnia
  • 18:35-19:10: Next Level Analytics: Harnessing Git for Power BI Success by Xander Gerreman and Luis Lucchini
  • 19:10-19:20: Break
  • 19.20-20.00: Albert Heijn's Journey in Continuous Data Processing by Davey van Hennik
  • 20:00-21.00: Borrel