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Minnesota Microsoft BI User Group 2011 Q1 Meeting – March 22

Posted by denglishbi on February 24, 2011

The next MN Microsoft Business Intelligence User Group has been scheduled and the agenda is set.  The focus for the first quarter meeting of 2011 is all about Analysis Services and we will be looking at the traditional UDM Analysis Services, go over some SSAS tips/tricks, and then wrap it up with PowerPivot.  PowerPivot is a new in-memory version of Analysis Services that runs within Excel 2010 and also can be deployed and managed in SharePoint 2010 Enterprise.

MN Microsoft BI User Group 2011 Q1 Meeting

Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Check In: 2:30 PM Event Time: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: Microsoft Event Center 8300 Norman Center Drive Suite 950 Bloomington, MN 55437

Please Register Now


  • 2:30-3:00 : Registration
  • 3:00-3:15 : Microsoft BI User Group Updates & Announcements
  • 3:15-4:30 : Analysis at the Speed of Thought with SQL Server Analysis Services (Mustafa Hussain) 
  • 4:30-4:45 : Break
  • 4:45-5:15 : SQL Server Analysis Services Tips and Tricks (Neelesh Raheja) 
  • 5:15-6:15 : Leveraging PowerPivot (Dan English) 
  • 6:15-7:00 : Social and Networking


Analysis at the Speed of Thought with SQL Server Analysis Services (by Mustafa Hussain, GNet Group) –  Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services is the semantic layer in the Microsoft BI technology platform that allows users to see and interact with their information in a faster and more dynamic way compared to static reports. Analysis Services provides business users the ability to perform analysis and mine their Data to understand and uncover business issues/drivers leading to better decisions and new business opportunities. This session covers: Analysis vs. Reporting: End user experience of performing analysis and creating reports using an Analysis Services Cube; Building your first Analysis Services cube and using cubes to answer questions at the speed of thought.

SQL Server Analysis Services Tips and Tricks (by Neelesh Raheja, GNet Group) – This session cover best practices, cool tips and trick to optimize SQL Server Analysis Services Cube design to enable easy yet powerful analysis.

Leveraging PowerPivot (by Dan English, Superior Consulting Services) – No this is not about ‘PowerPoint’, but rather ‘PowerPivot’. During this presentation we will explore the new self-service BI capabilities provided by PowerPivot, compare this technology with Analysis Services (UDM), and dive into creating a PowerPivot solution. By the end of the session you will have an understanding of the positioning of PowerPivot within the Microsoft BI toolset and will know the capabilities that it provides to end-users.

Please Register Now

Hope to see you there!


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