Next Chapter

I have been quiet for a while and had a lot of thinking about my next chapter after leaving Avanade last August. Today, I would like to share with you a small bit of personal news, but more importantly — a major update about DataChant’s next chapter.

Since 2013, when I join the Microsoft Excel team, I became fascinated with Power BI and Power Query and embarked on a mission to spread the goodness of these tools and empower friends, colleagues, clients, and readers to master new analytic skills and make a better impact in their organization and career. The journey was amazing for me and extremely rewarding. Power BI had become a godly gift that I was lucky or smart to possess (depending on who you ask). But earlier this year, I felt that I reached a threshold in my career that required rethinking. I felt a growing emptiness and a desire to challenge myself in new ways. Leaving Avanade helped me to get time to properly think about my options. For the first time in many years, I didn’t need to open the Power BI Desktop or feel the urge to read new articles or blogs. Instead, I spend more time in the discovery of who I was before Power BI and who I want to be (I also played chess online and watched a lot of Akira Kurosawa’s movies and the extended version of Lord of the Rings).

To make the story short – I am excited to tell you that last month I accepted an offer by Amazon to lead a team of global experts of Amazon QuickSight. This role was exactly what I was looking for. New challenges. New technology. New horizons.

In the coming months, as I learn more about Amazon QuickSight, I may start blogging about my discoveries here on DataChant. You are welcome to join my exploration and learn about QuickSight — especially if your organization is already on AWS and you are tired of slow gateways… (Disclaimer: Opinions are my own). Nevertheless – I acknowledge that for most of you, the journey with Power BI will never be over. I don’t have any plans to convert you to QuickSight — At least not in the short term 🙂

So, I am extremely happy to tell you about the following major change at DataChant:

The future of DataChant

I would like to introduce you to Delia Fernandez, who accepted my request to join DataChant blog as the editor and co-author for all things Power BI and Power Query as I pivot to Amazon QuickSight.

About Delia

Delia is a Senior Consultant at EY’s Microsoft Data & AI group, as part of her role she works on Power BI large enterprise deployments and Data and AI solutions with Power Platform and Azure services. She has over 3+ years of consulting experience in the Microsoft Data & AI space. She has worked across different industries designing Power BI and Power Platform solutions that address and resolve enterprise challenges for Fortune 500 companies.

As part of her journey, Delia became one of the first professionals to utilize Power BI Dataflows in a large enterprise solution. She presented a session about Power BI Dataflows Best Practices with the Power BI Architect, Partner Director of Engineering, and Program Manager at Ignite 2019.

She is passionate about designing Microsoft solutions and is excited to share her knowledge as a Co-Author and Editor at DataChant.

Delia Fernandez, DataChant Editor & Co-Author

If you are interested to be a guest author at DataChant, contact Delia for Power BI and Power Query content. To share your knowledge here on QuickSight or AWS Glue DataBrew, please contact me.

Wish us good luck 🙂


  1. Ed Bobrin Reply

    Congratulations to both of you! As someone was has worked side by side with both of you I am filled with excitement to watch both of your careers continue to evolve and grow. Best of luck and I will certainly stay tuned in to DataChant!

    • Gil Raviv Post authorReply

      Thank you Ed,
      Appreciate your support. Your team and you are always welcome to share knowledge here. Especially when Delia as is editor 🙂

  2. Anonymous Reply

    Wish you Good Luck and welcoming Delia with a hope learning amazing things around Power Query and Power BI.

  3. Marc Reply

    Congratulations to you both and thank you for sharing all your insights and experiences with PowerBI. All the best!

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