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North Central District Microsoft BI User Group 2009 Q4 Meeting – December 10

Posted by denglishbi on November 20, 2009

The next North Central District Microsoft BI User Group meeting will be at Microsoft Corporation, 8300 Norman Center Drive, Suite 950, Bloomington, Minnesota, 55437 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.


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1:30-2:00 Registration

2:00-2:15 BI SIG Updates & Announcements

  • Hear about how the organization is growing and changing to better serve you!
  • Agenda for the day and introduction of speakers

2:15-2:45 Flight to Efficiencies (Presented by: David Hudrlik– Compellent Technologies) Business Intelligence has changed over the last few years from being a business buzzword to becoming a business requirement for many companies. However, the jump from ‘Business Intelligence Initiative’ to ‘Business Intelligence Implementation’ can often be intimidating and overwhelming, especially for SMBs with limited budget and resources. By choosing technologies that leverage your existing resources and using a phased implementation approach, you can mitigate many of the roadblocks to a successful BI implementation in an SMB. Compellent Technologies has been able to successfully deploy the initial phases of our BI initiative, allowing us to realize immediate benefits and gain momentum with additional portions of our business. This success was made possible by the decisions to use a phased implementation style, to implement using our existing MS SQL Server infrastructure and to incorporate a knowledge transfer mentality into our early deployments so we could continue to extend our BI footprint by utilizing internal resources.

About David Hudrlik, Business Intelligence Analyst, Compellent Technologies – David Hudrlik has focused on Business Intelligence initiatives for the last seven years. For the last year he has focused on implementing the Microsoft Business Intelligence stack at Compellent Technologies. David’s experience in Business Intelligence ranges from data modeling and data integration in support of multiple reporting formats, to implementing reporting structures that support both standard reporting and analytics.

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00– 3:15 Microsoft Update – Update on the new developments with Microsoft BI

3:15 – 4:30 “What successful business intelligence project teams do different” (Presented by: JoAnne Sabin, Watermark Learning) Search for “business intelligence project failure” and you’ll get about 775,000 hits. In the past 10 years business intelligence has matured and leading experts in the field have come together to highlight for you what successful business intelligence project teams do differently. Developers and business people have a common goal, they want to be successful and effective in their work. Join us December 10 to learn about common BI mistakes and challenges and strategies you and your teams can employ to overcome them.

About JoAnne Sabin – JoAnne Sabin has over twenty-five years Information Technology experience, with expertise in systems development methodology, training, and information architecture. As a methodologist, JoAnne has developed and implemented systems development life cycle improvements in a variety of large companies, with a focus on improving speed, time, and cost of delivery. In a training role, JoAnne has extensive experience developing training and train-the-trainer materials, teaching stand-up courses, and mentoring one-on-one. As an information architect, she has developed enterprise-wide logical data and process models as well as mentored others in this skill. JoAnne has strong communication and facilitation skills. She is very committed to delivering quality results that meet the client’s needs. JoAnne has extensive business expertise in the Retail, Mortgage Banking, Marketing, Transportation, Manufacturing, and Insurance industries.

4:30 – ??? Social and Networking: Meeting will adjourn with networking opportunity. Enjoy this time to meet your speakers and other members of the community. Refreshments will be provided.

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