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Minnesota TechFuse 2013 Technical Conference

Posted by denglishbi on January 23, 2013

Once again this year’s MN TechFuse event will be at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  The event will be on Thursday, March 21.  There are 7 tracks, 27 sessions, and 1 keynote scheduled for the one-day technical conference.  Early bird pricing goes through Friday, February 22 for $349.TechFuse

Topics that will be covered include SQL Server 2012, SharePoint 2013, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Exchange 2013, Excel 2013, and much more.  I even saw that there will be a device bar that will have an assortment of Microsoft tablets and laptops to get hands on experience with the new technologies and ask questions.

I will be speaking at the first session in the SQL/Business Intelligence track.  My topic is focusing on Excel 2013 covering PowerPivot and Power View.Excel 2013  This could be my first presentation ever done just in Excel.

Delivering Self-Service BI with Power
8:15 – 9:45
Dan English, Superior Consulting Services
Session Level: 200–Intermediate
Audience: IT Professionals and Information Workers

In this session, we will discuss the enhancements and new features that are provided with Excel 2013 as Microsoft continues its roadmap with self-service BI. First we will go over the changes that have been made in Excel 2013, covering the new features. From there we will show how PowerPivot models can be used to integrate and load data to be used for analysis. Lastly, we will look at using Power View inside Excel to provide self-service reporting capabilities that are highly interactive.

Brian Larson from Superior Consulting Services will also be speaking closing out this track doing the following session about SSIS and Data Quality:

Sparkling Data: Advanced Data Cleansing in SSIS
2:45 – 4:00
Brian Larson, Superior Consulting Services
Session Level: 300-Advanced
Audience: BI Professionals, Data Analysts, DBAs

The effectiveness of a data warehouse is directly related to the cleanliness of the data it contains. SQL Server Integration Services is an effective tool for moving data from disparate sources to our data warehouse. SSIS also provides several advanced features that allow us to cleanse the data while en route. This session will demonstrate how to use fuzzy logic, data mining and Data Quality Services within an SSIS data flow to identify and, in many cases, correct errors and outliers in the data. This is done using organization-wide standards and information contained within the data itself.

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